Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

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Macmillan, Nov 13, 2012 - Performing Arts - 306 pages
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In 1982, in Ocean Springs, Mississippi, Chris Strompolos, eleven, asked Eric Zala, twelve, a question: “Would you like to help me do a remake Raiders of the Lost Ark?  I’m playing Indiana Jones.”

And they did it.  Every shot, every line of dialogue, every stunt.

They borrowed and collected costumes, convinced neighborhood kids to wear grass skirts and play natives, cast a fifteen-year-old as Indy’s love interest, rounded up seven thousand snakes (sort of), built the Ark, the Idol, the huge boulder, found a desert in Mississippi, and melted the bad guys’ faces off.

It took seven years.

Along the way, Chris had his first kiss (on camera), they nearly burned down the house and incinerated Eric, lived through parents getting divorced and remarried, and watched their friendship disintegrate.

Alan Eisenstock's Raiders! is the incredible true story of Eric Zala and Chris Strompolos, how they realized their impossible dream of remaking Raiders of the Lost Ark, and how their friendship survived all challenges, from the building of a six-foot round fiberglass boulder to the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

  

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Review: Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

User Review  - Nate - Goodreads

This book was quite good. If I hadn't already seen the film AND heard the makers speak about it, I definitely would have liked it a lot more. Read full review

Review: Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

User Review  - Goodreads

This book was quite good. If I hadn't already seen the film AND heard the makers speak about it, I definitely would have liked it a lot more. Read full review

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About the author (2012)

ALAN EISENSTOCK is the author of ten books, including In Stitches, with Dr. Anthony Youn, Cancer on $5 a Day with Robert Schimmel, The Kindergarten Wars, Ten on Sunday and Sports Talk. ERIC ZALA and CHRIS STROMPOLOS are at it again, working together on a new independent film project. Chris lives in L.A. and Eric lives in Mississippi.

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