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First film

  • Awesome, Dear Boy: Angelina Jolie agreed to do the first film because of all the locations she would get to visit. She fell in love with Cambodia, leading her to move there and help with a minefield cleanup. It was also where she met and eventually adopted her first son, Maddox.
  • California Doubling: Iceland doubled as Siberia.
  • The Cast Showoff: Jolie did most of her own stunts, with the production crew even revealing that the stunt woman trying to do the pundulum swing got motion sickness, while Jolie did it herself just fine. There is also a scene where Lara plays with a switchblade, just as Jolie collects knives in real life.
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  • Executive Meddling: Surprisingly, in regards to the music. They changed two different musicians and in the end picked up Graeme Revell, giving him 10 days to travel to London from Australia, writing the whole OST from nothing, blending it with already picked songs, orchestrating it and adding it to the film right before the premiere. The film was advertised under U2's Elevation, so no one was really concerned that there was no OST until the last few days before release. This ended up with a really rushed musical production and many similarities with his previous work, Pitch Black. Later, Revell made up for what even he considered poor work and remastered the whole track, adding 3 new pieces (with a much better, but unused main theme).
  • Fake American: English Daniel Craig as the American West.
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  • Fake Brit: Angelina Jolie and her father, Jon Voight, are both American.
  • Hostility on the Set: The scenes with Angelina Jolie and Jon Voight were filmed separately as both were still estranged at the time.
  • Missing Trailer Scene: "This is where I start to have fun."
  • No Stunt Double: Angelina Jolie did her own Bungee-Ballet, and 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.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Daniel Craig was the only castmember on the film who was a fan of the games.
  • Real-Life Relative: Jolie's real life father, Jon Voight, as Lara Croft's dad, Lord Richard Croft. In fact this film was a significant factor in repairing their strained relationship.
  • The Red Stapler: Lara Croft's Weapon of Choice, twin H&K USP Match with stainless slides. Sales skyrocketed, causing even airsoft replicas to cost as much as the real thing. Purportedly, Angelina Jolie owns a pair herself.
  • What Could Have Been:

The Cradle of Life

  • Banned In China: The sequel was banned in China because "it damaged China's reputation, giving the impression of a country in chaos, with no government, and overrun by secret societies."
  • Box Office Bomb: The second in the U.S. Budget, $95 million. Box office, $65,660,196 (domestic), $156,505,388 (worldwide).
  • California Doubling: Scotland doubled as China for the Great Wall sequence.
  • Creator Killer: The negative reception to both this and the Angel of Darkness video game prompted an angry Eidos to relieve Core Design of their development duties regarding the Tomb Raider games, which led to their boss Jeremy Heath-Smith being shown the door and Core ultimately closed down a few years later. This movie also buried director Jan de Bont's career under 6 feet of dirt; he did not get involved with another film until 2012, and that movie was Dutch.
  • Franchise Killer: The movie not only alienated the fanbase of both games and the first film, but also happened to be released around the same time as Tomb Raider: The Angel of Darkness, with the glory days of Core's run with Tomb Raider long gone and the entire franchise being at its lowest. This actually resulted in a lawsuit in which Core blamed the box office failure of The Cradle of Life for ruining the brand, while Paramount in return blamed Angel of Darkness for the same thing. A third film limbered in Development Hell for almost five years, until it was finally scrapped completely.
  • What Could Have Been: A third film was planned for a 2005 or 2006 release since The Cradle of Life did better internationally, but it was scrapped when Jolie decided that two films was enough and thus the next film ultimately became the 2018 reboot.


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