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Lake Placid (Widescreen)

Sissy Spacek    R (Restricted)   DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
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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

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Funny than Scary June 20 2004
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 get him another comprable movie. This is the movie that I thought of that can match "Jaws" becuase it's sort of that fun, boo-scare-you, flick. It doesn't take itself seriously and the movie is full of interesting characters played by big name actors. What stood up for me is Betty White. Hands down she is the gem of this movie. It's like she won the "funny lines" lottery when they handed out the scripts. She plays a Lake resident who's husband is missing and the way she finally tells what happenned to him was so funny I was rolling on the floor. Oliver Platt got annoying, a little bit but thank god Bridget Fonda and Bill Paxton interceded with their likeable characters. I've rented this movie when it first came out on DVD and thought about buying it to include in my slumber party collection and I think this is the way this movie is going to get resurrected, through people who have a enough sense of humour and who knows what an excellent "giant animal ran amok" movie is all about. Gingerly place this next to your "Jaws," "Godzillas," "Tremors" on your DVD shelf, it belongs there.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great film July 8 2014
Good acting,great dialogue,quirky characters and a couple of huge crocs. I love this film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars #1 June 13 2014
By Tara
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Betty White Rocks! May 4 2004
A Fish and Game worker is doing a survey of beavers in a placid lake with the local sherrif when he suddenly becomes half the man he was and dies. Local law enforcement, Fish and Game, and a New York museum worker set out to discover what happened. They are soon joined by an eccentric millionaire who loves crocodiles.
Is there a crocodile in the lake? At first few believe that such a thing could be until hard evidence shows up. The Crocodile is not an ordinary one, it is thirty feet in length. The camp is quickly split between those who want to kill it and those who want to save it. To learn it's fate you will have to watch the film.
This is a very well-done piece of work. The characters are interesting and there is just enough sarcastic humor to really lighten the mood. Betty White plays a foul-mouthed local resident and her delivery of her "I'm rooting for the crocodile" line is an instant classic. This is a fun film and far from typical. It is not just a giant-lizard-eating-people film. Check it out.
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1.0 out of 5 stars It's Placid Allright Aug. 25 2003
By A Customer
Stereotypical monster horror movie directed by David E. Kelley about a giant crocodile eating unwary visitors in a Maine lake resort(Maine? Why not Antarctica while they're at it?) starring Bridget Fonda, Bill Pullman, and Brendan Gleeson.
Completely unoriginal and boring to add to that. There aren't even any of the sort of monster attacks one would expect to see in this type of film. After several minutes of just watching scenes of the lake, I thought I was watching a documentary on fishing. I wanted to yawn after the first 15 minutes. The movie has an absurd script made even worse by a lot of bad acting. The only credit I give to the movie is that it lives up to its title: it's placid allright.
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Think of three things you want to see when you go to the movies. If you answered giant crocodile, obese town sherrif, and Oliver Platt, then Lake Placid is the movie for you!Wittness the terror of the beaver dam, a cow being dangled from a helicopter, and a showdown between a crocodile and a grizzily bear. Its actualy a pretty good movie, even if it is kind of stupid. It is fun to watch and the special effects are good. Its worth renting but i wouldn't waste my money buying it, unless you can find it cheap somewhere. Betty White is amusing as a foulmouthed old lady.
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1.0 out of 5 stars If I could rate this at zero I would. June 29 2003
So stupid! It was exactly like Deep Blue Sea dumb and the same things happened over and over again. Impossible things happened that wouldn't in the world that we have BRAINS! This movie is a disgrace to american movies! To all the people who don't want to waste their money on movies take my word this is one of the worst movies I have ever seen in my life. It is not even scary. Even the dumbest people could realize that! I hope I have told you how bad the movie is!
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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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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 2 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 2 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
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmm...
The story is about a large Asian crocodile that travels across the Atlantic Ocean, and takes up residence in a lake in Maine. Read more
Published on March 26 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars You know the drill...
You know the drill: "guilty pleasure!", "so bad it's good!", etc. This movie is basically a pre-fabricated B-movie, one that is even panned by its own packaging (e.g. Read more
Published on Feb. 17 2004 by Nichomachus
1.0 out of 5 stars Turn the Croc into shoes already....
Both the actors and the fake looking reptile become tierdsome about ten minutes into the film, you want the monster dead, but first get rid of the cast, because they stink. Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2004 by D.W. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Local Lake Under Management of Giant Crocodile!
I first rented this on VHS at a local video store when me and the family decided to go riding about, I was completely captivatated from the beggining to the very end! Read more
Published on Jan. 23 2004 by Debi Crabtree
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