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Lake Placid (1999)

R  |   |  Comedy, Horror  |  16 July 1999 (USA)
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A group attempts to destroy a giant, 30-foot-long man-eating crocodile, which terrorizes Black Lake, Maine.

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What happens when a man-eating crocodile begins picking off tourists in beautiful Lake Placid? What if the crocodile wants to make it his home? Written by <Snopjo@aol.com>

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You'll never know what bit you. See more »

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Comedy | Horror

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Rated R for violent creature attacks and related gore, and for language | See all certifications »

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16 July 1999 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$27,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$10,974,145 (USA) (16 July 1999)

Gross:

£3,493,960 (UK) (28 April 2000)
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2.35 : 1
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Betty White's character is told that PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) would be interested to learn of her alleged mistreatment of her cows. In reality, Betty White is a major on-air spokesperson for PETA. See more »

Goofs

When Kelly is flying into Maine in the Cessna, she is not wearing a headset, but yet she talks to the pilot. This would be impossible due to the loudness of the engine. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Bickerman: Oh, my husband passed away. It's been almost two years now.
Sheriff Hank Keough: My department doesn't have any record of that, Mrs. Bickerman.
Mrs. Bickerman: Well, I'm sorry. Incomplete records haunt me so.
Jack Wells: What was the cause of your husband's death, ma'am? Do you know?
Kelly Scott: We don't mean to invade your privacy, but was he ill, was he sick?
Sheriff Hank Keough: Was he swallowed?
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I Think I Love You
Written by Tony Romeo
Performed by Maureen Davis, Jamie Dunlap, Scott Nickoley, David Pincus, Mark Pont
Published by Screen Gems-EMI Music Inc. (BMI)
Courtesy of Marc Ferrari/MasterSource
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One of the best-written movies I've ever seen
17 February 2005 | by (Houston, Texas, USA) – See all my reviews

I love genre-bending movies, and especially those that mix horror with comedy. That puts me dead center of the target demographic of this film. The plot is pretty silly and there certainly isn't enough action for anyone looking for scares. What saves it is the script. It's witty and never takes itself too seriously. The characters are all foils for one another, setting up some of the most entertaining dialog of any movie I know.

The plot revolves around a 30 foot Asian crocodile somehow winding up in a lake in Maine - go figure. What makes the movie are the characters assembled to do something about it. Bridget Fonda is an annoying paleontologist who's never before ventured out of her museum. Here, she plays both the archetypal fish out of water as well as potential romantic interest for the local game warden, played by Bill Pullman. The essential characters are rounded out by Brendan Gleeson's dour sheriff, Oliver Platt's rich and eccentric mythology buff, and Betty White as the colorful local little old lady with a secret or two.

As I said, reduced to a plot outline, it's pretty unimpressive, but the verbal barbs that fly back and forth between the characters are what make the show. It's an "action/horror" movie I could watch with my eyes shut and still enjoy.


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