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Lake Placid (1999)

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Three people attempt to stop a gigantic crocodile, who is terrorizing residents in Black Lake, Maine.

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Steve Miner

Writer:

David E. Kelley
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bill Pullman ... Jack Wells
Bridget Fonda ... Kelly Scott
Oliver Platt ... Hector Cyr
Brendan Gleeson ... Sheriff Hank Keough
Betty White ... Mrs. Delores Bickerman
David Lewis ... Walt Lawson
Tim Dixon ... Stephen Daniels
Natassia Malthe ... Janine
Mariska Hargitay ... Myra Okubo
Meredith Salenger ... Deputy Sharon Gare
Jed Rees ... Deputy Burke
Richard Leacock ... Deputy Stevens
Jake T. Roberts Jake T. Roberts ... Officer Coulson
Warren Takeuchi ... Paramedic
Ty Olsson ... State Trooper
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Storyline

What happens when a man-eating crocodile begins picking off tourists in beautiful Lake Placid? What if the crocodile wants to make it his home? Written by <Snopjo@aol.com>

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Part Mystery Part Thriller Parts Missing See more »

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Action | Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violent creature attacks and related gore, and for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Fox

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 July 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,974,145, 18 July 1999

Gross USA:

$31,770,414

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$56,870,414
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

A typical flatbed truck in the United States is around 48-53' in length and 8'6" across meaning the crocodile on the flatbed at the end would be at least around 45' long. See more »

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Scientist 'Hector Cyr' says that crocodiles have "Nictating membranes" over their eyes but the term is "Nictitating membranes" See more »

Quotes

Kelly Scott: Did you want to be killed by it?
Hector Cyr: You think I'm that nuts?
Kelly Scott: Hector, what you just did, there had to be some sort of death wish going on.
Hector Cyr: In ancient Malenesia people suspected of crime's would be thrown to the crocodiles. Crocodiles would decide. They would be the judge.
Kelly Scott: Oh, so that was you wanting to be judged out there?
Hector Cyr: Maybe I was, and so what? Is that too arbitrary? Better to be measured by my wealth? Better for me to get my self-esteem looking into the eyes of cheap sycophants craving a meal ...
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I Think I Love You
Written by Tony Romeo
Performed by Maureen Davis, Jamie Dunlap, Scott Nickoley, David Pincus, Mark Pont
Published by Screen Gems-EMI Music Inc. (BMI)
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Fun, tongue in cheek monster B-movie
3 August 2003 | by bob the mooSee all my reviews

When a diver is cut in half by something under the water of a quiet lake in Maine, Sheriff Keough calls in the Rangers, Jack Wells and a New York palaeontologist, Kelly Scott to investigate a tooth found. Wealthy crocodile hunter Hector Cyr swoops in to insist that the creature is a crocodile. A claim that looks increasingly likely when the body count begins to rise.

You really need to be in the mood for a film like this or else you will likely hate it. If you love Tremors then you might be the sort of person that lake Placid is aimed at. The film's strength is that it is a big silly B-movie and it knows it. The film lets us know very early on that it is not 100% serious and this then frees us up to enjoy it rather than moaning about the sheer unlikelyness of the whole affair.

The plot is daft of course, a Jaws rip off from opening sequence to final attack. The fact that the script has a great sense of humour makes this OK – so when an old woman feeds a cow to the croc then it's fine because that's just what you'd expect in this film. Likewise the humour gives rise to plenty of funny lines which add to the feeling that the film is about fun more than scares. `Is this the man who was attacked?' says Cyr, holding a toe found by the water `he seemed taller' replies the sheriff. Of course at some point the ending must come and it is as overblown as you'd expect, but even then it has it's tongue in it's cheek (fishing with a cow!?).

The crocodile effect is a mixed bag. In some instances it is good while in others it is over animated and not realistic. For the most part though it works well enough. The cast are not that good but deliver wooden performances in a good way (if that's possible). Platt steals every scene he is in by getting all the funny lines (`yeah well they conceal that sort of information in books' being a put down I fully intend to use given the chance). Pullman is given a less glamorous task of being the leading man while Fonda is like Ally McBeal in the woods! Gleeson is great fun bouncing off Platt and Betty White is so crazy that it's hard not to laugh!

Overall this is a big budget silly B-movie that laughs at itself. If you are not in the mood for that, or can't accept it for what it is then you'd do well to avoid this film. For all others there is enough good lines and silly fun to be had here to help you enjoy it, even if you do forget it shortly after watching it.


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