Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

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The Plot

A movie based on the most successful video game character in history was only ever going to be a smash hit. Following the quest of beautiful, brainy Lara Croft as she ventures fearlessly across the globe to save the world, Tomb Raider is one of the highest regarded action films with a female lead.

Destination film statistics

Film Released

2001

Gross Box Office

$131,168,070

Filming Locations

Mostly filmed in Angkor, Cambodia plus Iceland and the UK

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Landmarks and Locations

  • Ta Prohm Temple, Angkor, Cambodia – The film’s most iconic filming location
  • Hatfield House, Hatfield, UK – Exterior of Lara Croft’s house
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Why You Should Visit

The Lara Croft: Tomb Raider film well and truly put Cambodia on the map as a tourist location, with fans all over the world falling in love with the mysterious and exotic vine-covered Ta Prohm temple. Its location, Angkor Wat, is a UNESCO World Heritage site brimming with breathtaking architecture and exciting sites to explore, all the while pretending you’re the gaming world’s most popular female protagonist.

Destination Film Facts
  • Did You Know?

    When Lara comes across a group of wolves towards the end of the film, she says “A-ha!” This was a subtle, nostalgic nod to the original games in which Lara would say this phrase whenever she picked up an item.

  • Did You Know?

    Angelina Jolie trained hard for the movie, doing boxing, diving and even bungee-ballet on her own.

  • Did You Know?

    In March 2018, a new Tomb Raider film came out, now starring Alicia Vikander as the independent young woman who heads to a remote island to find her father, an adventurer who has gone missing.

  • Did You Know?

    During the filming of the first movie in 2001, the scenes where Lara is behind the wheel of a Land Rover required many reshoots because snakes and other animals kept falling through the vehicle’s rooftop, which was open.

  • Did You Know?

    Although Lara Croft was English, she was originally designed to be a South American, military-type woman named Laura Cruz, who was also more of a mercenary. But the designers at Core Design felt that making the character English would make her more marketable.

  • Did You Know?

    We already mentioned how Croft was initially intended to be a South American mercenary, but when that didn’t pan out, they grabbed a phone book and started sifting through potential last names to find one that resembled “Cruz” but sounded more British, eventually landing on “Croft”.