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Lake of Fire (2008)

Pat Buchanan , Tony Kaye  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Pat Buchanan
  • Directors: Tony Kaye
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • DVD Release Date: March 11, 2008
  • Run Time: 152 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000YVBCT8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,744 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lake of Fire" on IMDb

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Filmmaker Tony Kaye, best known for "American History X," has been working on LAKE OF FIRE for the past fifteen years and has made a film that is unquestionably the definitive work on the subject of abortion. Shot in luminous black and white, which is in fact an endless palette of grays, the film has the perfect aesthetic for a subject where there can be no absolutes, no 'right' or 'wrong.' He gives equal time to both sides, covering arguments from either extremes of the spectrum, as well as those at the center, who acknowledge that, in the end, everyone is 'right' - or 'wrong.'

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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Achievement!!!! March 9, 2008
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I saw this film at a Toronto Int'l Film Festival industry screening and thought it was one of best documentaries I have EVER seen! I've read a couple of reviews that have called it the definitive film on the subject of abortion - I completely agree. I've never seen anything so complex, complete and emotionally wrenching as this epic work. It stayed with me long after the screening. In fact, it's been a couple of years since I've seen LAKE OF FIRE and it continues to haunt my thoughts. I weeped at the end. My only criticisms are it's length (far too long) and it's use of music, which often bordered on excessive and manipulative. But, those are relatively small concerns when weighed against the film's many positives.

I LOVE documentaries and have seen nearly every major work produced in the past 20 to 30 years (as well as not so major films). "Lake of Fire" may well be my favorite - I'm still deciding if any of the other films I've loved delivered the same unrelenting, yet profoundly emotional punch to the gut that this one did. This is the best film no one has ever seen! What a pity!!!!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful

We've been taught to believe that the purest and best documentaries are those that take a definitive stand on an issue. Such a one-sided approach is supposed to bespeak a righteous passion on the part of a filmmaker - as if dogmatism, in and of itself, were an indisputable virtue. But what if the issue at hand is such a morally complex one that it simply doesn`t lend itself to the strident arguments and easy answers of a black-and-white diatribe? Might it not, then, be best to drop the "know-it-all" posture of the partisan zealot and, instead, attempt to look at both sides of the issue from a position of objectivity and fairness?

That is the approach that filmmaker Tony Kaye has taken in "Lake of Fire," a documentary on abortion that attempts to examine both sides of the issue in as unbiased and evenhanded a way as possible. For once, the impassioned spokespersons in both the "pro-life" and "pro-choice" camps are free to have their say and to make their case, without commentary or condemnation from a judgmental third party. In so doing, he has fashioned an unflinching and uncompromising look at one of the issues that most divides Americans today - and will surely do so for a very long time to come.

Watching "Lake of Fire" is a bit like being a ping pong ball in a high-stakes table tennis match. Just as we find ourselves agreeing with a representative from one side of the equation, we are bandied back to the opposing side by what appear to be equally compelling arguments emanating from a spokesperson there. And back and forth we go.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This one's for the history books! April 2, 2008
"Lake of Fire" is an in-depth look at the Abortion issue. No matter which side you happen to belong, Tony Kaye gives both sides equal time. There are interviews of people off the street, as well as comments from Writers, Attorneys, Doctors, and Patients on the subject. There is no narrative, and Tony Kaye was wise to let these people speak for themselves.

There were many issues raised within the subject of Abortion, on both sides, that make one go HMMMMMM. There IS graphic footage contained in this film, so wait until the kids have gone to bed, to pop this film in the DVD player.

The most surprising thing is that the woman who is at the heart of the landmark Roe V Wade decision, is now in total opposition to the Law she was instrumental in creating. The subject of Abortion clinic bombings and the assassinations of physicians who work in Abortion clinics is not only touched upon, but the blurring of the Law vs. Morality argument is a case in point of how divided we are, when the right to life issue is raised. We see in the film, tapes of the bombers/shooters making their case to the police while in custody. I may be a bit biased, but the Pro-Lifers looked a little crazy to me. It's hard to see someone's point of view when Religion makes it's way into a conversation about this subject.

Whether you are Pro-Life, or Pro-Choice, this film is an education in what defines us as human beings. Does life begin at birth, or the Zygote stage of developement? How do we resolve the issue? I don't believe it really can be. I believe in the right to choose, to have control over one's body, financial security and education. There are many women today, who would have been marginalized, and possibly welfare mothers, were it not for Roe V Wade.

Women, as well as Men, owe it to themselves to see this film. There is no better film out there, that is this comprehensive. You will be changed after seeing it.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Talk about "though provoking"... May 1, 2008
I can't add much to the great reviews already written here, other than to say I think this doc will leave the vast majority of people at least a little uncomfortable with their stance on the issue of abortion. It probably won't change anyone's mind (I don't believe that's the film's intent) but it will shine some light on why people feel so strongly about the issue - on both sides. And why there are no easy answers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing, but Fair
This gives the story with no taking of sides or condemning the ones who don't agree with your point of view.
Published 4 months ago by Dixie Dale Christensen
4.0 out of 5 stars Firey was a good word
I apologize that this is not a proper review. The movie was confusing as I recall. Being basically shocking in general both in terms of pro life and pro choice perspectives. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Internet Safe
3.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps too Extremist in Portrayals
I just finished watching "Lake of Fire" and I must say that it portrays Pro-Life people (especially Christian proponents) as radical in the worst sense of that term. Read more
Published 14 months ago by James M. Kray
4.0 out of 5 stars Until you walk in my shoes, do not judge me
I would have given this 5 stars except that it was overly long and some of the music scenes seemed unnecessary. Read more
Published on June 29, 2012 by kaia canfield
5.0 out of 5 stars The most difficult moral issue facing human beings.
Our evolution makes us want to reproduce. In fact, to twist an old saying, many of us consider sex the most fun we can have with out clothes off. Read more
Published on May 3, 2012 by Modesty Press
2.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully filmed but definitely not the definitive film on abortion.
This film has a very particular focus on the abortion issue that eschews almost any contemporary opinions or documentation from any women or couples who are actually dealing with... Read more
Published on February 25, 2012 by The Documentary Insider
5.0 out of 5 stars Lake of Fire
Intense just as I suspected. I love this but only buy it if you know what it is about and are interested in discovering both sides of this sensitive issue. Read more
Published on August 10, 2011 by donnamarie
3.0 out of 5 stars provocative, yes - but falling short in synthesis
This is a film that is hard to take your eyes away from, and then, in a few places, one that actually makes you to avert your eyes. Read more
Published on March 10, 2011 by albarino
5.0 out of 5 stars hauntingly real account
Not for the weak, very educational, real account of the nature of abortion. Good argument for abstinence, and birth control.
Published on December 21, 2010 by Regina Sizemore
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard Topic
This documentary is hard to watch and very moving.

Regardless of your views on abortion this is a must watch. Read more
Published on September 22, 2010 by M. Mosley
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