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LAKE PLACID

 
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At Theaters: 7/16/1999 On Video: 1/11/2000
Rated: R Length: 1 hr. 22 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 079910
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
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A paleontologist travels from New York to Maine to investigate the mysterious death of a man near a remote lake. With the help of a taciturn fish and game warden, and a battling sheriff and wildlife expert, she discovers the incredible secret behind the havoc.

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Thriller - Lake Placid is a comic thriller from writer David E. Kelley, creator of "Ally McBeal" and "Picket Fences." Fans of Kelley's surreal, caustic dialogue and eccentric characters are most likely to enjoy the humor in the film. Fans of thrillers and monster movies may find that the emphasis on comedy short-changes the scary moments, leaving a somewhat toothless thriller. Definitely more for fans of comedy than fans of horror, though the occasional moments of gore could be too much for some viewers.
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Bridget Fonda (A Simple Plan)
Bill Pullman (Independence Day)
Oliver Platt (Doctor Dolittle)
Brendan Gleeson (The General)
Director: Steve Miner (Halloween: H20)
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About The Production
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PROFANITY: Strong and fairly frequent
SEX/NUDITY: Some sexual dialogue
VIOLENCE: A few intense, gory scenes
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: One scene of characters drinking alcohol
ACTION: Scenes of crocodile attacks
COMEDY: Lots of profane insult humor
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LAKE PLACID is an occasionally hilarious insult comedy only occasionally interrupted by a monster movie. Movie-goers who can enjoy a film simply by revelling in quotable lines, are in for a real treat. Those expecting something akin to an actual thriller, on the other hand, are in for a disappointment. LAKE PLACID is basically a one-type-of-joke film. How quickly one tires of that one type of joke will go a long way towards determining one's enjoyment. It is, however, very funny when it's supposed to be. You just have to be prepared for something unconventionally effective when the creator of "Ally McBeal" does JAWS.
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Based on an Exit Polling of 183 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
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Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
19
High
100%
13-19Teens (M)
21
High
95%
13-19Teens (F)
25
High
96%
20-29Yg Adults (M)
23
High
100%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
13
Fairly High
100%
30+Adults (M)
41
Fairly High
80%
30+Adults (F)
41
Fairly High
88%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE

Welcome to Black Lake. Its placid waters complement the pristine Maine wilderness it borders. This tranquil setting is probably the last place you'd expect a gruesome fatality. But then it's also the last place you'd expect to find a 30-foot, narrow-snouted, multi-toothed, reptilian of the species Crocodylus.

An eating machine more commonly known as a crocodile.

The thick-skinned interloper and its appetite for humans brings together a group of people perhaps even stranger than the phenomenon they've been called upon to Investigate.

Smarting from a recently botched office romance, an emotionally fragile, nature-phobic paleontologist, Kelly Scott (Bridget Fonda), is reluctantly dispatched for her first real field assignment. Scott's big-city manner and obvious distaste for the great outdoors is a constant irritant to the man in charge of the inquest, Fish and Game Warden Jack Wells (Bill Pullman), who would prefer not to be burdened with her help. Also on the scene is the irascible sheriff Hank Keough (Brendan Gleeson), who would like nothing more than to find the predator and blow its head off. Landing unannounced in the middle of the action is wealthy and eccentric mythology professor Hector Cyr (Oliver Platt), who steamrolls the team into trying to capture and preserve the elusive creature that is lurking nearby.

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