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Lake Placid (Widescreen)

Sissy Spacek    R (Restricted)   DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 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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5.0 out of 5 stars More Funny than Scary June 20 2004
Format:DVD
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Betty White Rocks! May 4 2004
Format:DVD
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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3.0 out of 5 stars Hmm... March 26 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
The story is about a large Asian crocodile that travels across the Atlantic Ocean, and takes up residence in a lake in Maine. An old lady (wonderfully played by Betty White) is feeding the crocodile, as it had become kind of a pet to her and her late husband. Unfortunately, the crocodile isn't satisfied with just eating the cattle that are provided to it. It also doesn't mind snacking on a human or two. And let's face it, if this movie were about an old lady feeding a crocodile, it wouldn't be here, now would it?
After a tooth is uncovered, it is sent to a museum to be analyzed. The museum director sends one of his colleagues (Fonda) to the lake to find out what is going on. There she meets the sheriff (Gleeson), the local game warden (Pullman), and arriving shortly thereafter, an eccentric man (Platt) who believes that crocodiles are godly, and enjoys swimming with them.
While there are some genuine scary moments in the movie, it tries too hard to be funny as well. If the filmmakers had tried to stick to just one style of movie, either humorous or scary, they would have fared a lot better. Instead of a very good film, what they ended up with is a movie that is trying too hard to be both scary and funny at the same time. While there are a few surprises in this movie (one that took me *completely* off guard), the ending is all too predictable. Some movies can get away with combining the horror aspects and the comedy aspects, like the above mentioned TREMORS. Unfortunately for LAKE PLACID, it couldn't quite pull it off.
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2.0 out of 5 stars You know the drill... Feb. 17 2004
Format:DVD
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. "This year's 'Anaconda'!").
David E. Kelly wrote this, which is why it will feel to some like an extended episode of ALLY McBEAL gone camping. The animatronics are definitely on par, and the "witty" banter gets wearying for the same reasons that led to the insubstantial ALLY's cancellation. People always see through glibness eventually. So the moderately amusing dialogue passes the time, since they make the creature as absent as they can possibly get away with, but it's pretty lazy altogether. The music is really funny. They try and gin up this really sinister stuff when the helicopter does a fly-by of this blandly idyllic Maine town. It's very funny.
Bill Pullman is a genius, I've decided. His understated style carries this movie. Bridget Fonda over-hams the "NY Girl Goes Camping" routine, and keeps falling in the water.
Don't fall in the water! The creature lives in the water!
Platt and Gleeson have some sort of recurring personality conflict throughout most of the movie, the basis for slapstick yucks, which are really just some sort of surpressed homoerotic display behavior between two adult men. You'll see what I mean. Betty White plays the role of her lifetime...which means she has a couple of funny lines.
This is not the worst movie. I wish they had gone all out and tried for that distinction. Instead they ended up making a moderately bad movie instead of going for gold; inexcusable mediocrity, that. Thus, the charm of ANACONDA just isn't there.
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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
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
4.0 out of 5 stars wierd and scary
lake placid was a excited and scary movie about a crocodile who terrorized the people who came into it's habitat. Read more
Published on Nov. 1 2003 by "1rakestraw"
1.0 out of 5 stars IS THIS A MOVIE?
After seeing this movie advertised on tv, I thought that I just had to get it on DVD. This would have to be one of the poorest made movies that I have ever seen. Read more
Published on Sept. 14 2003 by P. A. Tamblyn
1.0 out of 5 stars It's Placid Allright
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? Read more
Published on Aug. 25 2003
3.0 out of 5 stars FantasticDan and Bugster say "it aint jaws but its close"
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... Read more
Published on Aug. 5 2003 by "fantsticdanandbugster"
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