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Lake Placid (Widescreen Edition) (1999)

Bridget Fonda , Bill Pullman , Steve Miner  |  R |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (299 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bridget Fonda, Bill Pullman, Oliver Platt, Brendan Gleeson, Betty White
  • Directors: Steve Miner
  • Writers: David E. Kelley
  • Producers: David E. Kelley, Jeff Kalligheri, Michael Pressman, Peter Bogart
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: January 11, 2000
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (299 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000035P86
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,317 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Lake Placid (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

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An investigative team, armed with state-of-the-art equipment, high powered weaponry and a biting sense of sarcasm, must work together to defeat Black Lake's most ferocious resident: a 30-foot prehistoric crocodile! Betty White co-stars as the cantankerous Mrs. Bickerman - a role you've got to hear to believe - in this terrifying tale of survival that "combines humor and thrills with remarkable deftness."

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Comic horror which undeservedly bombed in theaters February 17, 2000
Written by David E. Kelley, the mastermind behind television's Ally McBeal and The Practice (both of which won Emmys in the "best of" categories last year), _Lake Placid_ is a comic horror film about the search for a giant crocodile, inexplicably living in a landlocked lake in upstate New York.
When a diver is eaten alive in the opening moments, by some unknown creature, the local game warden (Pullman) teams up with a paleontologist (Fonda) from New York to find the beast. Add to this mix an eccentric millionaire philanthropist with a penchant for swimming with "crocs" (Platt), and the local sheriff (Brendan Gleeson), who thinks the man is nuts, and you've got the recipe for one of the more underrated of last summer's films.
This is a horror film and it can, at times, get quite messy (see the opening attack sequence, for example). The special effects work is about what you'd expect in such a film, although with the advent of computer graphics, it's a lot easier to bring a realistic giant crocodile to life. Surprisingly, though, there are few deaths in the film.
The emphasis is more on suspenseful moments of the Jaws variety, in which we wonder whether unlucky swimmers are about to become lunch. And, there are even a couple of gross, but funny moments in the film, as when an eccentric old lady (played by Betty White) offers random farm animals as sacrifices to the croc.
But the real emphasis in the film is on the humor and there are some great conversations and arguments among the film's characters, particularly Platt's whacko croc-swimmer and Brendan Gleeson's sheriff (in one of the more unusual bits of casting, as the Irish Gleeson is forced to adopt an American accent, which tends to slip in some of the more heated moments).
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better The Second Time Around June 13, 2005
I hated this movie when I first saw it. I always felt that it tried too hard to be funny. However, it's been a few years since I've seen it, and I was bored one night so I gave it another chance. I'm glad I did. While it isn't as good as "Anaconda," it does have some good qualities about it. The cast does very well with the campy dialogue they are given. The interactions between Oliver Platt and Brendan Gleeson are downright funny, and their relationship really steals the show. Everyone talks about Betty White's character in this flick, and it is pretty funny to watch her spew out curse word after curse word, but my favorite line of hers is how she delivers the word "Sherlock!" to Gleeson's character.

The crocodile looks pretty good. In a couple of scenes it is obvious that he's an animatronic croc, but thank heavens that the entire thing isn't CG-created. It's nice to see that puppeteers can still find work in Hollywood. Though the puppets are great, the CGI isn't too shabby either. The croc really is impressive to see on the screen. He's definitely done on a higher level than the aforementioned "Anaconda."

I recommend this movie to anyone who enjoys giant creature features with a hefty dose of macabre humor. Though it may be subpar when compared to other films of the genre, it is definitely better than the SciFi channel offerings such as "Dinocroc" and "Frankenfish." SciFi channel seems to be the last domain for larger-than-life creature flicks. Though I commend them for attempting to keep the genre above water, I wish that more camp-fests like "Lake Placid" could find their way to the big-screen.
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21 of 23 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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mindless fun May 11, 2000
Take away the beginning and end credits and what you are left with is a 75-minute long movie that you'll never watch more than once if you buy the DVD (like me) but will still have a fun time watching. Steve Miner returns to the tranquil lakeside settings he captured so well in the Friday the 13th movies and gives us more horror hokum.

What I liked about Lake Placid is that it is kind of light-hearted and doesn't try and make itself a full-blown horror by showing us guts and entrails. The movie is NOT serious and has many suspenseful scenes packed into it's VERY brief running time. The cast are delightful and the big nasty croc is actually quite sympathetic at the end. Buy this DVD and enjoy for what it is...a light, breezy comedy-thriller that nails the bullseye instead of aiming for higher (and ultimately lesser) results.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Salty Betty
A good,almost camp, classic-to-be. Betty White makes the movie. She is the Crocodile Mama. If you wish not to hear REAL salty language, have someone navigate the volume, and... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Lizbeth A. Phillips
3.0 out of 5 stars Works, but in bad looking shape
Movie works, no issues, however the disc itself is very scratched and the case looks pretty beat up, chewed, scratched, could be in better condition but glad it works
Published 27 days ago by Matt
5.0 out of 5 stars Lake placid
It's been one of my favorite movies for along time....was excited to see it on Amazon have a hard time finding it.
Published 1 month ago by kayla stewart
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun
Clearly an awesome movie! Perfect for a slow saturday night! Just don't take it too serious and you will enjoy it
Published 1 month ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining Classic
Great classic monster movie with entertaining graphics and a comedic cast. Would have been even better with more shots of the crocodile but overall, a great classic.
Published 1 month ago by Joseph
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Saturday night-and-popcorn flick
So there's something weird going on in Black Lake... something seems to be eating people. Sounds like your typical plot outline for a horror movie with zombies or werewolves but... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michael Billington
4.0 out of 5 stars How to have fun with a 30 foot crock'..'
A great cast and an interesting screenplay. betty white was as ever. Oliver platt was perfect. I enjoy it every time I watch
Published 3 months ago by bill schenker
3.0 out of 5 stars A good thriller to get engrossed in without disturbing your...
The actors and actresses of this movie do a fine job of playing local
type people in a catastrophic emergency. I think they were well chosen
for such a story. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Flwry_Pwr
4.0 out of 5 stars Just fun.
Just fun, and like Tremors, does not take itself too seriously. Quirky but likeable characters. Betty White is a scream. Far better than any of its sequels.
Published 4 months ago by Sharron Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars One Big Gator
A fun and scary movie. Love Betty White. There was good acting and comedy throughout the movie. I suggest that you do not view the films that come after this one.
Published 4 months ago by Sherry Jones
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