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Directed by Eric Zala



100 minutes



Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation

Please allow extra time for parking, as several events are scheduled to take place at the Museum on Friday, February 28, and space will be limited. More info >

In Person: Actor and producer Chris Strompolos* 

This shot-for-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark was produced and directed by three boys from the Mississippi Gulf Coast more than 20 years ago. The trio of 10-year-olds began shooting in the summer of 1982, and they wrapped seven years later. The Adaptation has everything: the rolling boulder; the live snakes; the heart-thudding truck sequence; and everywhere flames, flames, flames. Other than a few inventive substitutions—a puppy stands in for a monkey, a boat for a plane—they didn’t skimp on production values. They included a submarine, a truck on fire, a melting face, and the same 1936 Life magazine used in the original.

*Chris Strompolos is also the juror for the first Extremely Young Film Festival, which screens at the MFAH on March 1.

“A supercharged (parents: read with caution!) mini-epic that replaces Hollywood dazzle with something far more compelling: the agony and ecstasy of raw adolescent delirium.”
—Daniel Clowes, graphic novelist