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Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Fantasy  |  15 June 2001 (USA)
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Video game adventuress Lara Croft comes to life in a movie where she races against time and villains to recover powerful ancient artifacts.



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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 ... Written by Vampirok

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Rated PG-13 for action violence and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

15 June 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$115,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$47,735,743 (USA) (15 June 2001)


$2,355,719 (Italy) (21 December 2001)

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Stephen Herek was originally supposed to direct, but he dropped out to make Rock Star (2001) instead. See more »


Before the attack in Lara's mansion she receives a letter from her father. Before she opens the letter she looks at it and appears to be reading something on the front of the paper, however she then flips the paper over and the paper can be clearly seen as blank. See more »


[first lines]
[after an extended action sequence with a training robot which then attempts to revive itself and sneak up on her]
Lara Croft: Stop!
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References Max Headroom (1987) See more »


Piano Concerto in F Minor
By Johann Sebastian Bach (as J.S. Bach)
Performed by Hae-Won Chang
With Robert Stankovsky and The Camerata Cassovia
Courtesy of Naxos of America
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A hot Angelina Jolie brings Lara Croft to life
19 May 2002 | by (Larvik,Norway) – See all my reviews

The best part in this movie was without a doubt sexy Angelina Jolie in the title role as Lara Croft.She was very HOT! I`m no fan of the game,but with no comparisons;the movie was good. Entertaining enough;no brains,no story,no heart,but full of special effects action.Jolie is good,so are her real life father Jon Voight but rest of cast is forgettable.This is very much like Indiana Jones,but much lesser memorable.A better script would have helped,but that`s not the point;this is supposed to be fun.Better than "The Mummy",but just another Indiana Jones clone.Anyway;it`s OK.

Rating 6/10

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