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Lake Placid (Widescreen)

Bridget Fonda , Bill Pullman , Steve Miner    R (Restricted)   DVD
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Lake Placid (Widescreen Edition


Lake Placid is total trash--and, as a result, fairly entertaining. Yet another entry in the horror subgenre of giant animals running amok, Lake Placid features a giant crocodile that has somehow found its way to an isolated lake in Maine. The absurdity of crocodiles in Maine sets the tone for the entire movie, which has no ambitions beyond mixing a little fright with a little humor. Bridget Fonda (Point of No Return, Jackie Brown) plays a paleontologist sent to investigate a large tooth; Bill Pullman (Independence Day, Lost Highway) is a fish and game warden just trying to keep the peace; Oliver Platt (Funny Bones, Flatliners) plays a loose-cannon mythology professor who swims with crocodiles for sport; and Brendan Gleeson (an excellent but little-known actor, most noted for The General) is a local sheriff with a short temper and a big gun. Add a few gruesome dismemberments, Betty White as a cantankerous old broad who may have murdered her husband, and a cow hanging from a helicopter, and there you have it: Lake Placid. (Curiously, this concoction was put together by David E. Kelley, better known as the creator of TV's Ally McBeal and The Practice.) --Bret Fetzer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Campy Humorous Horror April 7 2003
I'm a little embarrassed to say that I've seen this turkey three times from beginning to end. The problem is that this is the kind of movie that in 20 years will be lampooned by a show like "Mystery Science Theater 3000", which tells you that it's campy and often funny.
Our story opens at a lake in Maine, locally called Lake Placid, though that is not the name of the lake (that name was already taken, said one of the characters). We see a diver in the lake investigating a beaver lodge, with periodic fake clues that something might be in the water. Of course you know that we won't see the something until the director is ready, with the goal that you might jump at least a little. The diver of course ends up losing a lot of weight (about 40% would be my guess), and a lot of blood, which then ends his life. Of course, our "something" in the water leaves behind a little clue (a tooth), and Bridget Fonda has to be called in to find the something (she's a paleontologist, you see).
Bridget Fonda is hilarious. She is all New York with the Maine locals, and the usual contrast between someone that hasn't the foggiest idea how to survive in the country with people who spend most of their time in it is great for laughs. Bridget also gets hit with a variety of animal parts (by accident), which is generally disgusting to anyone, but for an urbanite it must be truly awful.
Bill Pullman plays the local sheriff, whose concept of animal control involves really big guns (from Bridget's point of view, he's definitely a hick). Bill plays this role so naturally that you have to wonder whether he could end up being typecast. Bill does several things that aren't very smart, and eventually he and Bridget come to middle ground (really middle by the end of the movie).
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of my guilty pleasures April 6 2003
OK, I know I like this more than I should, and I know on one level that it isn't really a 4-star movie. But everytime I see this movie I get a real blast out of it, and if I encounter it while channel surfing, I always stay for a while to catch my favorite bits.
So why do I like this? I think partly for the sheer absurdity of it. Could anything sillier than an utterly gigantic crocodile living in a lake in Maine be concocted? Well, yeah, you could, but it is absurd, and the makers of the film treat it as so. The emphasis in the film is primarily on the characters and the humor, and far less on the monster. That isn't to say that there aren't some great moments featuring the beast. But the moments aren't always scary ones. When our croc lunges onto shore to grab a bovine snack, one is more apt to laugh than scream.
What really makes the film work is the humor and the cast. Brigit Fonda is a bit too whiny in her role, but she provides some balance to all the guys. Bill Pullman is likable here as he always is. Oliver Platt is one of my favorite actors, and I never fail to love him in just about anything he is in. He adds spice here as a flamboyant crocodile hunter who comes and tries to steal the whole hunt for the predator crocodile. Australian character actor Bredan Gleeson is one of the most chameleonic actors in the world. He has portrayed a variety of bad guys in films, was "Monk" McGinn in THE GANGS OF NEW YORK, played a Latin revolutionary in THE TAILOR OF PANAMA, and has played a variety of Irishmen in several films. In this one, he plays the local Maine sheriff. I really enjoy the interaction between all the characters.
In the end, I think what I enjoy most the the pure sense of fun everyone obviously had. It isn't a masterpiece, and it isn't one of the best films every made, or even one of the best monster flicks. But it is a lot of pure fun.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Low body-count March 8 2003
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Lake Placid isn't even the name of the lake in this movie. A more accurate title would be Black Lake.
This is your basic monster movie. A guy gets ripped in half in the opener, hot girl and an assortment of characters arrive to investigate things. Girl finds body, that of a moose, and another useless character unexpectedly pops in a crocodile helicopter. Yep, you guessed it, its a crocodile monster! AAAAAHHHHH!
Please, it's about as scary as a scooby doo mystery. The best character in this film is the foul-mouthed old lady who lives by the lake. She really is protecting the croc, and is hiding a secret about it.
In the average climax, the paleontologist, (Bridget Fonda) has to swim around underwater for a bit, evading Mr Croc. The helicopter proves to be useful, capturing the monster. Mr Sheriff tries to blow it up, but surprise surprise, he's stopped by Fonda, who feels sorry for it. But then. boom! Yet another croc appears, but is quickly blown up with a shot from Mr Sheriff's over-rated cannon. The surviving croc is taken away, and foul-mouthed old ladies can now live in peace by the lake-side. But hten you see one little foul-mouth old lady playing with some litte baby crocodiles. Perfect ending for a sequel, thank god they haven't made one yet!
In conclusion, this movie might have been a hit in my books if it had one more thing. MORE DEAD PEOPLE!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The writers are the real stars here Nov. 18 2002
The entire movie is just a tableau on which to place the various odd characters who exchange some of the most entertaining dialogue in years. As a horror movie, it's OK - enough tension is built up to prevent it from being silly. My only gripe was Bridget Fonda who's given the dialog of a terminally whiney and annoying paleontologist (a truly bizarre casting choice) and manages to do nothing to make her character more entertaining or tolerable. Oliver Platt, Brendan Gleeson, and especially Betty White pretty much steal the show from the show's relatively wooden leads (Fonda and the much more tolerable Bill Pullman).
Without the writers, this movie would be nothing. As it is, I consider it a must see. Their only misstep was in throwing in some gratuitous and totally extraneous "bad" language, mostly for Betty White. A PG-13 rating would have opened it up to a wider audience. Besides, having small children and old ladies spouting profanity has become nothing more than a tired cliche.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not happy with this purchase
This was not in the condition it claimed to be. Condition was poor, had to skip parts of the film as the dvd froze.
Published 1 month ago by Tracey Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
Good acting,great dialogue,quirky characters and a couple of huge crocs. I love this film.
Published 3 months ago by William N. Kristman
5.0 out of 5 stars #1
best movie of all time. The all star cast along with the level of plot and sarcastic witt is beyond funny. The lines from this movie will long live in your head. A must see.
Published 4 months ago by Tara
1.0 out of 5 stars Why is Scream Factory doing this?
This movie is awful. I watched it the other day after years of avoiding it. Truly terrible. Maybe good for a laugh. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Michael Twardowski
3.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy!
Gotta love the classic combo of "special effects" + typical useless female character + OMG MONSTER SHOOT IT. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Agnes Demianczuk
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible!
This movie totally stunk! Awful acting, humor that falls flat and poorly written dialogue. It's got decent crocs though, especially for 1999. Read more
Published on Jan. 30 2011 by Summer_Nights
5.0 out of 5 stars More Funny than Scary
I am looking for this movie because I want to buy it for my son who has seen "Jaws" already for the millionth time and I am afraid he will wear the disc out if I don't... Read more
Published on June 20 2004 by E. Laway
2.0 out of 5 stars Watch It on TV
Watch this at least once, just to hear Betty white cursing like an old salt. Then watch Hard Rain to see her as a crazy old broad out to kill looters. Then burn both films. Read more
Published on May 29 2004 by pc6
3.0 out of 5 stars An Okey film
This film was released befor Deep blue sea. Here the sythnesis two crocodile some how never review managed to get into a lake in Main. Read more
Published on May 11 2004 by J. P. Suhr
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