Raiders! by Alan Eisenstock
The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made

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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.


About Alan Eisenstock

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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.
Published November 13, 2012 by Thomas Dunne Books. 319 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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Fans of all things Indiana Jones will enjoy this new book by journalist and author Eisenstock (In Stitches, with Dr. Anthony Youn), who details the story of the film Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adapt

Sep 10 2012 | Read Full Review of Raiders!: The Story of the Gr...

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They forgot about their film until it was discovered 13 years later by fanboy extraordinaire Harry Knowles, who showed it at one of his celebrated supergeek viewing parties in Austin.

Nov 15 2012 | Read Full Review of Raiders!: The Story of the Gr...

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