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Lake of Fire

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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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  • Actors: Pat Buchanan
  • Directors: Tony Kaye
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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 (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000YVBCT8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,407 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lake of Fire" on IMDb

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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Robert Byrd VINE VOICE on 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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Roland E. Zwick on May 27, 2008
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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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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Marian M. Matsunaga on April 2, 2008
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"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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kaia canfield on June 29, 2012
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I would have given this 5 stars except that it was overly long and some of the music scenes seemed unnecessary. I have had friends and relatives who for various reasons chose the abortion route and I understand their reasons. One chose financial ruin in order to pull the funds together many years ago to go to New York where abortions were legal. I have not had an abortion, but I can empathize with those who have had to make that difficult decision. My major take away from the film was that the religious pro-life people need to reconsider what it means to be "pro-life". Not only is killing doctors and nurses wrong, just stating that everyone who does not believe as they do will burn forever in a lake of fire is absurd! Should that not include being against all war? What about providing housing, food and health care for all American children? To make a positive difference why not band together to adopt the unwanted children in orphanages or in foster homes? Work to better the world instead of being so judgmental? And primarily, how can we prevent women having to make this difficult decision in the first place? Birth control and education are the answers to reduce the need for abortions. One person in the film said that if abortions are banned, poor women will be forced to back alley abortions while women of means will be able to travel to obtain one. As another reviewer stated, I felt like a ping pong ball while watching the movie when intelligent, educated people discussed the issues. The ranting of the religious Bible thumpers and cult leaders reminded me of the Christian Crusades and witch hunts that killed thousands who did not go along with the world being round, revolving around the sun, genocide of entire cities, stoning women, men (because they have a penis) as the head of women, etc.Read more ›
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