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Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)

Genres: Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Taglines: Heiress to a fortune...

Director: Simon West

Writers: Sara B. Cooper, Mike Werb, Michael Colleary, Simon West, ...

Stars: Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight, Iain Glen, Noah Taylor, ...

A member of a rich British aristocratic family, Lara Croft is a "tomb raider" who enjoys collecting ancient artifacts from ruins of temples, cities, etc. worldwide, and doesn't mind going through death-defying dangers to get them. She is skilled in hand-to-hand combat, weapons training, and foreign languages - and does them all in tight outfits. Well, the planets of the solar system are going into planetary alignment (Which occurs every 5,000 years), and a secret society called the Illuminati is seeking an ancient talisman that gives its possessor the ability to control time. However, they need a certain clock/key to help them in their search, and they have to find the talisman in one week or wait until the next planetary alignment to find it again. Lara happens to find that key hidden in a wall of her mansion. The Illuminati steal it, and Lara gets an old letter from her deceased father telling her about the society's agenda (Her father was also the one who hid the key). Now, she ...
Biggest grossing action film with a woman in lead role. Second is Aliens (1986).
Lara Croft is British and Alex West is American. However, the actress Angelina Jolie who plays Croft is American and Daniel Craig, the actor who plays West, is British.
In the video game, Lara Croft is a 36DD. Angelina Jolie is naturally a 36C, and was padded to a 36D for the movie, as it was felt that padding to the original character size would be too unrealistic.
The picture in the inset of Lara's father's pocket watch is of Lynda Carter.
Lara never actually wounds or kills anyone with a gun in the entire movie.
Filming the scenes where Lara drives her Land Rover through the jungle there had to be endless re-shoots due to snakes and other wildlife falling through the open top roof. Angelina Jolie herself was reported to be terrified.
Angelina Jolie received weapons training from an instructor of the SAS, the United Kingdom's elite special forces, to prepare herself for the role.
Lara Croft's father is played by Angelina Jolie's real life father, actor Jon Voight.
The gun that Daniel Craig uses in the Tomb of the Dancing Light is a Walther P99 pistol, the signature weapon of James Bond. He later wielded this weapon again as 007 in Casino Royale (2006).
Towards the end of the film when Lara finds a bunch of wolves, she says "A-ha". This was a link to the original games where Lara would uses this phrase whenever she picked up an item.
Angelina Jolie had lessons in yoga and kickboxing to prepare for her role as Lara Croft. She also learned how to handle guns and other weapons.
In the much-shown previews, at one point Lara says to Powell "You might try to kill me." Powell replies that he "would never kill a lady." She replies archly "I said you'd try." That exchange doesn't appear in the actual movie.
Was filmed at Pinewood Studios in England where James Bond films are made.
The music played while the explorers are in the Siberian village and then on the sleds is Tuvan throat singing.
Lara's pistols are 9mm Heckler and Koch USP MATCH.
This film marks the first time in more than three decades that a Hollywood production has been filmed in Cambodia, the previous film being Lord Jim (1965).
Catherine Zeta-Jones was considered for the role of Lara Croft.
At the time of filming, Angelina Jolie sported a large tattoo on her upper left arm. Make-up was used to cover the tattoo, but one can see where the tattoo has been covered up on several scenes.
The monkeys Lara fights there are modeled after the ones at Banteay Srei, a temple located far from Angkor Wat. They are the guardians of the door.
Lara Croft uses an Ericsson Bluetooth Headset and an Ericsson R310 mobile phone.
Martin Clunes was originally asked to play Lara's butler, but filming dates clashed with his wedding anniversary (he makes a special point of never working on his anniversary), so he turned it down. The part was eventually taken by Chris Barrie.
Stephen Herek was originally supposed to direct, but he dropped out to make Rock Star (2001) instead.
Lara's training robot is named Simon, after the director Simon West.
Many of Lara's action sequence moves will be known and loved by any aficionados of the video game series. Drawing weapons mid-somersault, swallow dives into water, forward rolls to reverse direction - these are signature moves of the experienced player.
At one point, Demi Moore was widely reported to have been in consideration for the role of Lara Croft.
Executive producer Stuart Baird did uncredited re-editing work on this film and Mission: Impossible II (2000) for Paramount in exchange for the job of directing Star Trek: Nemesis (2002).
The gun used by Powell's villains is the H&K G36k, the shortened carbine version of the G36 assault rifle. Both are in use with the German army.
Iain Glen and Noah Taylor have worked together in HBO's famous "Game of Thrones" (2011)
At no point during the film, is Lara seen wearing the traditional outfit from the video games; a light blue tank top and brown shorts. In the final scenes , she is wearing a blue tank top, but with matching pants which were not seen in the games.
Iain Glen and Noah Taylor have worked together in Game of Thrones (2011).
YouTube film critic, Chris Stuckmann, considers this to be his biggest guilty pleasure movie ever.
Angelina Jolie stated in an interview that she kept Lara's holsters and keeps them at home.
Angelina Jolie was extremely hesitant towards wearing Lara's famous short shorts that she wears in the games and the opening fight scene with Simon, however she eventually agreed because she knew it would make the fans of the character happy.
Originally Lara was going to appear nude in the shower sequence, but it was scrapped in order to secure an R rating and only Lara's sideboobs were seen when she removes her towel.
Originally, Lara (Angelina Jolie) was going to be naked in the shower scene, in the sequence which Lara removes her towel. But, the idea was dropped, so the film could secure a PG-13 rating and instead, only Lara's sideboobs are seen.
Future James Bond Daniel Craig stars in the film as Alex West. The James Bond films was one of the influences behind the Lara Croft video games, which the film is based on.
Rachel Appleton's only acting role.
When Lara starts smashing the clock with a hammer, Hillary (the butler) uses a silver tray to protect his face. This is a reference to the games in which -while exploring Croft Manor- the player can shoot at the butler who then also uses the tray he's car
Angelina Jolie did her own Bungee-Ballet, and according to an interview with her on the Jay Leno show, injured her ankle on the first take when landing on top of a chandelier went bad, so that part of the scene had to be done over again after she recovere
Alex West was originally named Alex Mars but because the name hadn't been cleared by the legal department it couldn't be used. Simon West decided to name the character Alex West, after his father, since he knew, that if needed, he could get legal clearanc
Apart from normal jumping, the only moves Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie) does in the movie which can also be done in the games is the jump over the living statue and rolls in the air. This can be done in the Playstation game by pressing forward and square, t
The temple on the hill in Cambodia on which Lara lands on is Phnom Bakheng which is just outside the South Gate of the city of Angkor Thom. Next, when we see her drive her Land Rover off, Lara is at Bayon, at the center of Angkor Thom. The temple with tre
Lara has been given several gadgets in the film which are specific nods at certain gameplay features (of the Tomb Raider game and games in general) - among them the reloader belt or back pack (allowing her to reload her guns very quickly and without fidge
The makers at first envisioned the scenes ultimately shot in Cambodia taking place at the Great Wall of China. When schedule didn't allow for this to happen, the alternative was to build the Great Wall in Scotland. Ultimately, they opted for the stone tem
The Illuminati is purported to be a real-life secret society with origins dating back to at least the 1700s if not earlier, though it is a matter of debate whether it still exists. Many books - factual and fiction or science fiction novels - have been wri
When Lara starts smashing the clock with a hammer, Hillary (the butler) uses a silver tray to protect his face. This is a reference to the games in which -while exploring Croft Manor- the player can shoot at the butler who then also uses the tray he's carrying around to protect himself.
Angelina Jolie did her own Bungee-Ballet, and according to an interview with her on the Jay Leno show, injured her ankle on the first take when landing on top of a chandelier went bad, so that part of the scene had to be done over again after she recovered.
Highest grossing action film with a woman in lead role. Second is Aliens (1986).
Lara Croft is English and Alex West is American. However, the actress Angelina Jolie who plays Croft is American and Daniel Craig, the actor who plays West, is English.
Alex West was originally named Alex Mars but because the name hadn't been cleared by the legal department it couldn't be used. Simon West decided to name the character Alex West, after his father, since he knew, that if needed, he could get legal clearance for the name.
Apart from normal jumping, the only moves Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie) does in the movie which can also be done in the games is the jump over the living statue and rolls in the air. This can be done in the Playstation game by pressing forward and square, then circle while in the air.
The temple on the hill in Cambodia on which Lara lands on is Phnom Bakheng which is just outside the South Gate of the city of Angkor Thom. Next, when we see her drive her Land Rover off, Lara is at Bayon, at the center of Angkor Thom. The temple with trees overgrown on it, where Lara falls into the hidden tomb, is Ta Prohm.
Lara has been given several gadgets in the film which are specific nods at certain gameplay features (of the Tomb Raider game and games in general) - among them the reloader belt or back pack (allowing her to reload her guns very quickly and without fidgeting about with clips or bullets) and the back pack itself (which almost mysteriously "swallows" any item moved close to its bottom or side by Lara, like the first half of the Triangle).
The makers at first envisioned the scenes ultimately shot in Cambodia taking place at the Great Wall of China. When schedule didn't allow for this to happen, the alternative was to build the Great Wall in Scotland. Ultimately, they opted for the stone temples of Cambodia instead.
The Illuminati is purported to be a real-life secret society with origins dating back to at least the 1700s if not earlier, though it is a matter of debate whether it still exists. Many books - factual and fiction or science fiction novels - have been written about this legendary group, the best known being the "Illuminatus!" trilogy by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson.
Future James Bond actor Daniel Craig stars in the film as Alex West. The James Bond films was one of the influences behind the Tomb Raider video games, which the film is based on.
Originally, Lara (Angelina Jolie) was going to be naked in the shower scene, similar to the epilogue of the video game sequel, but the idea was dropped in order to avoid an R rating. So the film could secure a PG-13 rating instead, only Lara's sideboobs are seen.
Natalie Cassidy auditioned for the role of Croft but was "literally laughed out of the office" by Jolie and several others.
Linsey Dawn McKenzie was also rumored by some media to be in the running for the part.
Denise Richards, Charlize Theron, Uma Thurman and Liv Tyler turned down the role of Lara Croft.
Fairuza Balk, Kirsten Dunst and Milla Jovovich auditioned to play Lara Croft.
Elizabeth Hurley, Sandra Bullock, Ashley Judd, Christina Applegate, Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, Nicole Eggert, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Kate Hudson, Jennifer Lopez, Gwyneth Paltrow and Anna Nicole Smith were considered for the role of Lara Croft.
The Illuminati is reported to be a real-life secret society with origins dating back to at least the 1700s if not earlier, though it is a matter of debate whether it still exists. Many books - factual and fiction or science fiction novels - have been written about this legendary group, the best known being the "Illuminatus!" trilogy by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson.
Daniel Craig did not return for Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003).