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Lake Placid (1999)

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Three people attempt to stop a gigantic crocodile, who is terrorizing residents in 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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Action | Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

16 July 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El cocodrilo  »

Box Office


$35,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$31,768,374 (USA) (29 October 1999)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


When Kelly Scott falls out of the boat her life jacket is clearly wide open, but when she's seen in the water a moment later it is zipped up all the way. See more »


[Hank has been caught in another of Hector's traps. He hangs from a tree by his ankles]
Hector Cyr: I could probably cut him down but there's this odd look of mayhem on his upside-down face
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Followed by Lake Placid 2 (2007) See more »


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It's a COMEDY folks
15 February 2005 | by See all my reviews

I love watching this movie. I love this dialog in a "horror" film. I got myself a copy on DVD and watch it at least a few times a year. There are some classic lines between the city folk vs. the bumpkins. Fonda's line about the sarcasm being too subtle is great (while spraying RAID in the middle of Maine). Betty White is building her career these days being the tart-mouthed old broad (see "Boston Legal"

  • another David Kelley production). Also, the interplay between Oliver

Platt and the actor playing the sheriff are priceless.

Contrary to what others have written - I think the special effects go just fine with the overall campy and comedy feel of the movie and the amount of gore is also appropriate. More would change the tone of the film from the comedy which I enjoy, to one more of a gross-out nature.

Just a favorite of mine. Try it if you, for example, liked "Love at First Bite" - you will probably like this too.

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