Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

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German title Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
Original title Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
Country of production USA , Germany ,
UK , Japan
original language English
Publishing year 2001
length 100 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
JMK 12
Director Simon West
script Patrick Massett ,
John Zinman
production Lawrence Gordon ,
Lloyd Levin ,
Colin Wilson
music Graeme Revell
camera Peter Menzies Jr.
cut Dallas Puett ,
Glen Scantlebury ,
Eric Strand ,
Mark Warner

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Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider is an adventure film from director Simon West from the year 2001 with Angelina Jolie in the lead role. The film is based on the Tomb Raider computer game series . In 2003, the sequel Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life , also with Angelina Jolie.


Lara Croft lives single on her castle-like country estate in England . Officially, she works as a photojournalist, but in reality it is grave robber (Engl. Tomb raider ) and always looking for new, undiscovered treasures of the past. In her spacious house with 83 rooms, the attractive and courageous adventurer trains for her dangerous missions by fighting a remote-controlled robot named Simon. This was developed by the geek Bryce.

Lara's new adventure begins one night when she is dreaming about her deceased and still longingly missing father, Lord Richard Croft, who was an archaeologist . Through his loving upbringing he comforted Lara over the loss of her mother, who Lara can no longer remember. He once told her in his library about a special planetary constellation , the linear constellation , in which all planets are in a row. It only occurs around every 5000 years. One night Lara hears the ticking of a clock - an overarching motif of the film. It starts at the point in time when the linear constellation occurs. She discovers the source of this noise in a previously unknown, secret room. It is based on a special clock that bears the symbol for the Eye of Providence : In the middle of a triangle there is a luminous sphere, the "triangle of light". Lara recognizes the symbol, also known as the All-Seeing Eye , which in this film is considered to be the hallmark of the Illuminati (another recurring motif in the film).

A former colleague of her father's did not know what to do with the matter , but referred Lara to a lawyer named Manfred Powell. A certain "sexual tension" arises between the two when she appears in his decadent house - but he will later prove to be her ruthless opponent. He knows the true value of the strange watch and wants to take possession of it by force. When Lara is swinging through the air like a ballerina, hanging from two bungee ropes , Powell and a group of heavily armed men raid the house. Lara can assert herself against the attackers, but cannot prevent the theft of the watch.

The next morning, a UPS driver brings a sealed letter from her father. The archaeologist wrote the message before he died and ordered it to be delivered that day. The letter contains a quote from the poet William Blake from Auguries of Innocence .

To see a World in a grain of sand,
And a Heaven in a wild flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand,
And Eternity in an hour.

To see the world in a grain of sand
and the sky in a wild flower,
hold infinity in the palm of your hand
and the hour moves into eternity.

Lara takes Blake's works from the book rule and finds the Illuminati symbol in the cover. Behind it is a more detailed message from her father. He explains to her that the clock is the key to part of a triangle that gives its owner godlike power over time. However, at that time the triangle was broken into two parts - "past" and "future" - by the "people of light", the Illuminati, in order to prevent abuse.

One half of the triangle is in the Ta Prohm temple in Cambodia

Lara's father writes that half of the triangle is hidden in the Ta Prohm temple in Cambodia . He reminds his daughter of a jasmine that only grows there and serves as a reference to the entrance to the hiding place. Lara must find the hiding place in time before the linear constellation reaches its penultimate level. You only have 60 hours left.

When the grave robber arrives in Cambodia, Powell is already there. With him is also Lara's friend Alex West, who is also one of the power-hungry and unscrupulous men. As the film progresses, an earlier romance between them is hinted at. While the group uses force to gain entry to the enormously spacious interior of the temple, Lara finds the entrance marked with jasmine with the help of a child who appears like a ghost. Inside the temple she sees that her opponents are on the wrong track. Lara, on the other hand, knows the right place and a few seconds before the planets reach alignment, she can convince Powell to give her the watch, which is actually a key. After she has placed this key in the matching recess in the temple wall, a large stone beam with a pointed end is released as a swinging pendulum. Lara steers it with the tip against a ball filled with a liquid. This releases the first half of the longed-for triangle, which Lara can grab. While fighting against statues brought to life, Powell manages to get the clock back into his possession. Lara travels to Angkor , where she is blessed by Buddhist monks and the wound she received in battle is miraculously healed.

Both parties are faced with the problem that power can only be obtained when both objects - the triangle and the clock - are united. When they meet again some time later in Venice , Lara learns from Powell that her father was a member of the Illuminati and that Powell also joined this covenant through her father as a mentor. By pointing out that she will see her father again when she can determine the time, Powell finally persuades his opponent to cooperate.

Her next trip takes her to a meteorite crater in the ice desert of Siberia , where the center of the "enlightened" was once located. On the way there, a girl appears to Lara who speaks of her father and warns her. In an underground room in the middle of a crater, they see a huge mechanical replica of the solar system , an orrery . Lara finds the intended recess for the clock again and pulls out the second half of the triangle, just in time for the imminent solar eclipse . But when Powell puts the two pieces together, nothing happens at first. He then kills Alex with a knife throw. Lara tries to save the dying man, whereupon the two get closer. At that moment Lara remembers the poem and looks for the grain of sand in the clock. Only with this little addition is the triangle complete. When the last stage of the planetary constellation is reached, the present and the past merge. In a dream sequence-like race with Powell to the illuminated top of a pyramid, Lara wins. She meets her father in a tent, who, despite all the joy of seeing them again, orders her to destroy the triangle. Before she does so, she goes back in time enough to prevent Alex's murder. Then the underground space begins to collapse. Powell tells Lara how he killed her father and then shows her a pocket watch that is a memory of her mother. The grave robber defeats her opponent in a fist fight and can escape from the cave with the clock just in time. Now she is returning to her property and dedicating herself to martial arts training with the robot, although she is now wearing an atypically elegant dress.



The film was shot in international locations including Hong Kong and Angkor Wat in Cambodia . Filming locations in the UK include Suffolk , Pinewood Studios on Iver Heath , Hatfield in Hertfordshire and Windsor Great Park . Other locations can be found in London or the immediate vicinity, including Tower Bridge , Battersea Power Station , Dulwich College , the Old Royal Naval College and the Natural History Museum . The scenes that take place in Siberia towards the end of the film were shot in Jökulsárlón , Iceland . Filming began on July 31, 2000 and ended on November 30, 2000. An estimated $ 115 million budget was available for shooting the film .


The film premiered in the United States on June 11, 2001. From June 15, 2001, the film was shown in US cinemas. The film opened in cinemas in Germany and Switzerland on June 28, 2001. It was released in theaters in the UK on July 6, 2001. Concorde Video released the film on July 29, 2003 on DVD with an FSK-12 rating.

Gross profit

On the opening weekend of the film in the US played about 47.7 million US dollars one. In the UK, revenues on the opening weekend were over £ 3.8 million . Overall, the US box office grossed more than $ 131.1 million. In the UK, revenues totaled more than £ 12.7 million. Worldwide revenues of the equivalent of more than 274.7 million US dollars were posted. More than 2.3 million visitors were counted at the German box office.

At the beginning of the 2000s, the box office result was the best box office result that was achieved with an action film with a female leading role and was thus able to place itself ahead of Aliens - The Return .


Jon Voight , who plays Lara's father in the movie, is Angelina Jolie's father. Alex West, Lara's boyfriend, is played by Daniel Craig . In the second part of Tomb Raider, Gerard Butler takes on the male lead. The role of Alex West was originally supposed to be Alex Mars. However, since the legal release of the name was not clarified, director Simon West named the role after his father Alex West, as this way he could be sure that he could obtain a possible legal release afterwards. The robot Simon, against whom Lara Croft fights at the beginning of the film, was named after the director Simon West.

Many of Lara's movements and weapons are borrowed from video games. Jolie's 23 tattoos , which are spread all over the body, were retouched in the film , but can still be seen in isolated scenes. Most of the robot fight scenes were created on the computer.

The in the film as a hallmark of the Illuminati applicable Seeing Eye can not be interpreted outside the film world like that. During the plot of the film it becomes clear that the Illuminati, at least since Lord Croft's departure, personified the negative characters. With the idea that a hidden "key", an underground world system, exists in the north of the earth, the film ties in with a form of a hollow world theory .

The Mausoleum of Lara's father is that of Sir Richard Francis Burton modeled, one British, the classic Victorian explorers and traveling orientalist was and was engaged as a researcher with Astrocartography. It is located in Mortlake, southwest of London. He and his wife are buried in a crypt with a glass roof, which is modeled on a Bedouin tent and in which the coffins can be seen when going down a staircase.

The possible influence of the actually impending planetary constellation was hotly debated in public around the time the film was made. In fact, the Chinese once started their calendar on “the day” of this constellation, when different planets are lined up.

Julian Rhind-Tutt, who also played Prince Frederick in King George and as Mr. Pimms in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider , will be dubbed by Philipp Moog . British actor Leslie Phillips plays Wilson, a friend of Lara's father and an expert on antique clocks.

German dubbed version

The German dubbing was done at Film- & Fernseh-Synchron in Munich .

actor German speaker role
Angelina Jolie Marion von Stengel Lara Croft
Jon Voight Joachim Höppner Lord Richard Croft
Leslie Phillips Günter Wolf Wilson
Chris Barrie Fritz von Hardenberg Hillary the butler
Julian Rhind-Tutt Philipp Moog Mr. Pimms
Daniel Craig Oliver Stritzel Alex West
Henry Wyndham Michael Schwarzmaier Auctioneer at Boothby's
Richard Johnson Norbert Gastell Illuminati leader
Robert Phillips Thomas Albus Julius
Iain Glen Jacques Breuer Manfred Powell
Sylvano Clarke Florian Halm UPS delivery agent
Noah Taylor Dominik Auer Bryce
Rachel Appleton Jana Kilka young Lara Croft


On June 5, 2001, an Elektra soundtrack was released containing 15 songs by well-known artists.

No. Interpreter title
1. U2 Elevation (Tomb Raider Remix)
2. Nine inch nails Deep
3. Moby Ain't never learned
4th Missy Elliott feat. Nelly Furtado Get Ur Freak On
5. Outkast Speed ​​ballin '
6th Basement Jaxx Where's your head at
7th The Chemical Brothers Galaxy Bounce
8th. BT (aka Brian Transeau) The revolution
9. Fatboy Slim feat. Bootsy Collins Illuminate
10. fluke Absurd (Whitewash Edit)
11. Oxide & Neutrino Devil's Nightmare
12. Groove Armada Edge Hill
13. Leftfield Song of Life
14th Bosco Satellite
15th The dead pants In Control


“Trivial adventure and fantasy film based on the hit computer game of the same name, which hardly develops a life of its own and is even less entertaining. Narrated and staged without tension, played weakly. "

Sigourney Weaver , who was one of the first women to break into the action genre with Ridley Scott's Alien in 1979 , criticized the new movie heroines like Lara Croft in 2004 when asked by Spiegel Online :

“I don't know if I would call it shine, the way Angelina Jolie was used in Lara Croft. Angelina is a great actress, but her role is limited to fighting evil with simple gun violence. I think it's a shame that you don't give an actress the caliber of Angelina Jolie more leeway to shape this character Lara Croft with a touch of more intelligence. It has been reduced too much to the character from the video game of the same name. Big breasts, tight shorts and a gun in my hand, that alone is not enough in my eyes to create a female hero. "


In 2001, the film was the bogey in Silver excellent. That same year, it received a nomination for the DVD Exclusive Awards for Best Overall New Extra Features, New Release . The film was also nominated for the 2001 Teen Choice Awards in the Choice Drama / Action Adventure category, while Angelina Jolie received a nomination in the Choice Actress category .

DVD Champion recognized the film in 2002 in the Program Awards - International Film category . Graeme Revell was recognized for the music of the film in 2002 at the BMI Film & TV Awards . Missy Elliott and Tim Mosley were recognized in the same year by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers for their song Get Ur Freak On in the category Most Performed Songs from Motion Pictures . Angelina Jolie was nominated for Best Actress at the Saturn Awards in 2002, while the film received nominations for Best Science Fiction Film and Best DVD Special Edition Release . In addition, Angelina Jolie was nominated in the same year at the Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards in the category Favorite Female Action Hero . For her fight against the robot Simon she was nominated at the MTV Movie Awards in 2002 in the category Best fight and also received a nomination in the category Best Female Performance . Angelina Jolie also received a 2002 Golden Raspberry nomination in the worst actress category for her roles in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Original Sin . The Motion Picture Sound Editors nominated the film's sound crew in 2002 for a Golden Reel Award in the Best Sound Editing - Effects & Foley, Domestic Feature Film category . At the Taurus Awards 2002 Eunice Huthart was nominated for the best stunt by a stunt woman for her bungee scene at the beginning of the fight scene in the Crofts' estate.


In 2003 the sequel Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life , in which Angelina Jolie also plays the leading role, was released.

In late January 2009, Warner Brothers announced that they had started developing a "Tomb Raider" reboot with Dan Lin . In contrast to the previous films, this time the origin of the character Lara Croft as well as her mission, her interests and the opponents are to be portrayed anew. The publisher Eidos owns the gaming rights . Time Warner acquired the film rights in December 2008. Dan Lin produces the project through "Lin Pictures". Stephen Gilchrist has been appointed to co- produce and Eidos' Ian Livingstone will be executive producer.

Web links

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