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Lake of Fire -- A graphic documentary on both sides of the abortion debate.

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Tony Kaye (screenplay)
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A graphic documentary on both sides of the abortion debate. | Add synopsis »
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Cast

 
Bill Baird ... Himself - Activist
Flip Benham ... Himself - Director, Operation Rescue National
Dallas Blanchard ... Himself - Professor of Sociology, University of West Florida
John Britton ... Himself - Ladies Health Center, Pensacola (as Dr. John Britton)
Pat Buchanan ... Himself - Republican Presidential Candidate
John Burt ... Himself - Activist
Andrew Cabot ... Himself - Activist

Noam Chomsky ... Himself - Professor of Linguistics, MIT
Frederick Clarkson ... Himself - Author
Alan M. Dershowitz ... Himself - Professor of Law, Harvard (as Alan Dershowitz)
Joycelyn Elders ... Herself - Surgeon General, 1993-1994 (archive footage)
Kevin Fitzpatrick ... Himself - Department of Sociology, University of Alabama (as Prof. Kevin Fitzpatrick)
Mary Lou Greenberg ... Herself - Refuse and Resist
Michael F. Griffin ... Himself - Convicted of Abortion Related Murder
David Gunn Jr. ... Himself - Son of David Gunn
Nat Hentoff ... Himself - Writer
Paul Hill ... Himself - Convicted of Abortion Related Murder (archive footage)
Roger Hunt ... Himself - Prime Sponsor, South Dakota Anti-Abortion Bill (as Representative Roger Hunt)
Alan Keyes ... Himself - Republican Presidential Candidate
Frances Kissling ... Herself - Catholics for Free Choice
Douglas Kmiec ... Himself - Professor of Constitutional Law (as Douglas Kmiec)
David Krantz ... Himself - Political Editor, Sioux Falls Argus
Emily Lyons ... Herself - Bombing Victim
Patrick Mahoney ... Himself - Christian Defense Coalition (as Reverend Pat Mahoney)
Roger Mahoney ... Himself - Archbishop of Los Angeles (as Cardinal Roger Mahoney)
Norma McCorvey ... Herself - Plaintiff, Roe vs. Wade
Kate Michelman ... Herself - National Abortion Rights Action League
Ellen Moskowitz ... Herself - Lawyer and Bioethicist
Jerry Reiter ... Himself - Author
Phillip Resnick ... Himself - Psychiatrist (archive footage)
John Salvi ... Himself - Convicted of Abortion Related Murder (archive footage)
Richard Seron ... Himself - Security Guard, Brookline Planned Parenthood Clinic

Peter Singer ... Himself - Professor of Bioethics, Princeton University
Bonnie Steinbock ... Herself - Professor of Philosophy, University of Albany, SUNY
Randall Terry ... Himself - Co-Founder, Operation Rescue
David Trosch ... Himself - President, Life Enterprises Unlimited
Leslee Unruh ... Herself - President, National Abstinence Clearinghouse
Sarah Weddington ... Herself - Attorney, Roe vs. Wade
Norman Weslin ... Himself - The Lambs of Christ (as Father Weslin)
Jeff White ... Himself - Operation Rescue California
Burt Wilson ... Himself - Author
Michele Wilson ... Herself - Department of Sociology, University of Alabama (as Prof. Michele Wilson)

Directed by
Tony Kaye 
 
Writing credits
Tony Kaye (screenplay)

Produced by
Lenny Beckerman .... co-executive producer
Steve Golin .... co-executive producer (as Steven Golin)
David Kanter .... co-executive producer
Tony Kaye .... executive producer
Tony Kaye .... producer
Yan Lin Kaye .... executive producer
Billy Romary .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Anne Dudley 
 
Cinematography by
Tony Kaye 
 
Film Editing by
Peter Goddard 
 
Production Management
Farzana Ahmad .... post-production manager
Joel Goulder .... production manager
Joel Goulder .... post-production supervisor
 
Sound Department
Stephen Balliet .... sound recordist (as Steven Balliet)
Stephen Bores .... sound recordist (as Steve Borez)
Stuart Deutsch .... sound recordist (as Stu Deutsch)
Jim Gilchrist .... sound recordist (as Jim Gildchrist)
Peter Goddard .... sound editor
Scott Jones .... dubbing mixer
B.J. Lehn .... sound recordist
Ben Moore .... sound recordist
David Moshlak .... sound recordist (as Dave Moshiak)
Dave Paterson .... sound recordist (as David Patterson)
Tom Payne .... sound recordist
Sebastian Salm .... sound recordist
Mitchell Sargent .... sound recordist (as Mitchell Seargent)
Jethro Senger .... sound recordist (as Jethro Singer)
John L. Sims Jr. .... sound recordist
Nigel Squibbs .... dubbing mixer
Melanie Johnson .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Jazz Goddard .... visual effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gregg Adler .... camera assistant (as Greg Adler)
Tadesse Bandiwesson .... camera assistant (as Tadesse Bantiweson)
Ed Banks .... clapper loader
Kenneth Bender .... first assistant camera (as Ken Bender)
Christopher Bottoms .... camera assistant (as Chris Bottoms)
Jeremy Briggs .... camera assistant
Ramone Britt .... camera assistant (as Ramon Britt)
Chris Cuevas .... camera assistant (as Chris Cueves)
Rob Dunn .... camera assistant
Jamie Fitzpatrick .... camera assistant (as Jamie Fitzpartick)
Moe Flaherty .... first assistant camera
Mike Forer .... camera assistant
Cleave Frink .... clapper loader
Mike Garrisello .... camera assistant
Michael Goralsky .... clapper loader (as Micky Goralsky)
Richard Gunderman .... camera assistant
Jim Hair .... camera assistant
Dave Hauser .... camera assistant
Cam Hayduk .... clapper loader
Philip J. Jaffe .... camera assistant
Patrick Kelly .... camera assistant (as Patrick Kelley)
Tony Lezcano .... camera assistant
Flip McDonald .... camera assistant
Rick Nagle .... camera assistant (as Rick Nagel)
Ian Nordby .... camera assistant
Bruce Robinson .... camera assistant
Steve Rosen .... clapper loader
Carrie Sasaratt .... camera assistant
Kevin Schmidt .... camera assistant (as Kevin Schmid)
Jim Seymore .... camera assistant
Jim Seymore .... clapper loader
Rebecca Sitti .... camera assistant
Jim L. Smith .... camera assistant (as Jim Smith)
Steve Speers .... assistant camera (as Steve Spears)
James M. Sterba .... camera assistant (as Jamie Sterba)
Amanda Taylor .... clapper loader
Karuna Tillmon .... additional still photographer
Jill Tufts .... camera assistant
Joe Volpe .... camera assistant
Jonny Vorgara .... clapper loader
Hiro Wakiya .... assistant camera
Jonathan Wenstrup .... clapper loader (as Johnathan Wenstrupp)
Warren Feldman .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Eric J. Nelson .... assistant camera (uncredited)
William Robinson .... assistant camera (uncredited)
John Sekula .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Randy McKenney .... extras casting
 
Editorial Department
John Bergstresser .... assistant editor
Nina Khan .... post-production coordinator
Kristen Brooke Martin .... assistant editor (as Kristen Martin)
Lorne Morris .... additional editor
Des Murray .... on-line editor
Lisa Shaw Phillips .... assistant editor (as Lisa Shaw)
 
Other crew
Wendy Anson .... researcher
Jonathan Barnbrook .... title designer
Dean Benedict .... shoot coordinator
Patrick Campbell .... production assistant
Glen Carball .... production assistant
Allison Curren .... script supervisor (as Allison Curran)
Judy D'Avolio .... script supervisor
Kim Daniels .... production assistant
Rebecca Deelo .... production assistant (as Becky Deelo)
Tiffany Dillard .... production assistant
Rob Donovan .... production assistant
Glen Dreher .... production assistant
Erin J. Elliott .... script supervisor (as Erin Elliott)
Mary Feuer .... shoot coordinator
Mark Futa .... shoot coordinator
Josh Gilbert .... shoot coordinator
Lisa Ginsburg .... script supervisor (as Lisa Ginsberg)
Rinat Greenberg .... production assistant (as Renat Greenberg)
Todd Hagopian .... miscellaneous
Todd Hagopian .... researcher
Eric Hunsaker .... production assistant
Moira Hurley .... shoot coordinator
John Kieffer .... production assistant
Michelle Ladu .... production assistant
Paul Mark .... production assistant
Kristen Brooke Martin .... researcher (as Kristen Martin)
Leanne Mckeon .... production assistant (as Lean McKeon)
Jim Mitchell .... production assistant
Sean Nadeau .... production assistant
Paige Olsen .... researcher
Diana Rico .... researcher
Marcus Rogers .... production assistant
James Schaidler .... production assistant
Scott Simons .... shoot coordinator
Mary Sparacio .... shoot coordinator
Michael Stahlberg .... researcher
Cynthia Stevens .... production assistant
Josh Sunbe .... production assistant
Jim Tittle .... production assistant
Tori Vallas .... shoot coordinator
Mark White .... production assistant
Paul Wojciak .... production assistant
Jennifer Malloy .... assistant: Mr. Steve Golin (uncredited)
Vincent Tayborn .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Bill Baird .... thanks
Flip Benham .... thanks
Dallas Blanchard .... thanks
Pat Buchanan .... thanks
John Burt .... thanks
Andrew Cabot .... thanks
Noam Chomsky .... thanks
Frederick Clarkson .... thanks
Alan M. Dershowitz .... thanks (as Alan Dershowitz)
Joycelyn Elders .... thanks (as Jocelyn Elders)
Mary Lou Greenberg .... thanks
David Gunn Jr. .... thanks
Nat Hentoff .... thanks
Leonard Kaye .... dedicatee
Alan Keyes .... thanks
Frances Kissling .... thanks
Emily Lyons .... thanks
Patrick Mahoney .... thanks (as Pat Mahoney)
Roger Mahony .... thanks (as Cardinal Roger Mahoney)
Norma McCorvey .... thanks
Kate Michelman .... thanks
Ellen Moskowitz .... thanks
Jerry Reiter .... thanks
Peter Singer .... thanks
Bonnie Steinbock .... thanks
David Trosch .... thanks
Sarah Weddington .... thanks
 

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USA:152 min
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Canada:14A (DVD rating) | Canada:G (Quebec) (DVD rating) | USA:Unrated
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7 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A moving and intimate documentary, 21 February 2007
Author: bmacwade from United States

I think this documentary would be far more balanced if it were expanded into a TV miniseries. The theatrical version presents the logical arguments from both sides of this massive issue, but it also shows over an hour of the footage related to the violence committed by the most irrational anti-abortion individuals and organizations. In that way, it seemed to me that the most sensationalist, visceral footage was being left in the theatrical release to make it more entertaining.

And yet, there are incredible moments in the film that are not sensationalist, or unfair to the anti-abortion side. For example, the film begins at the Capitol Mall in 1993, with a peaceful protest aganst abortion, with participants sharing stores and speaking out. A male speaker was microphoned beautifully and we see and feel his genuine emotion, even if it seems irrational to supporters of abortion such as myself. (I should add that the sound in this movie is first-rate - voices in various mediums are captured beautifully, so much so, I was conscious of just how good the audio was). And another example of the film being fair to the anti-abortion side was showing us how a ministry in Dallas was able to befriend Norma McCorvey (Jane Roe) and give her a happier life. It clearly shows how the pro-abortion side failed her. The "Jesus Freaks" didn't snatch her away. The pro-abortion side let her go while we are all into ourselves celebrating the legalization of abortion. She was home alone, receiving death threats, afraid to go out. And who came to her aid? Not my side. Amazing how this film reveals that (there is a shot in this movie that just has to be seen to be believed - you will know it when you see it....it shows Norma McCorvey at her new job....pay attention, it is amazing).

The film ends with a real procedure performed on a woman in Minneapolis who is less than 10 weeks pregnant. We see everything, including the blob of tissue that is taken from her womb. But more important, we see a 5 minute shot of her, telling us how she is relieved and tired, but also saddened and in emotional pain. It brought the theater to tears, and I can see how people on both sides of the issue will find some vindication in that final shot. On one hand, the patient is clearly relieved and has no regrets. On the other hand, she is saddened because she has made a momentous decision to choose her life over the life of an unknown child (a 'what if'). It is incredibly powerful film-making.

I thought if Errol Morris sees this, he might kick himself. He has spent 30 years making documentaries and still has not gotten a shot like that in the can. He's still the best documentary maker out there. But to hear Tony Kaye tell the audience in the Q&A that this labor of love is the result of a happy accident after being drawn into a major issue in US society, that's amazing. Great art is often the result of an accident or taking a risk. This is one such example.

This film gives us John Ford / Sergio Leone-like close-ups of faces. That, and the impressive audio, make this a very intimate work.

Everyone who sees this movie wishes it had more information. For example, the Catholic pro-abortion activist featured in the film was ex-communicated from the Church. Would have helped to be told that? I would think so. I would have wanted some clarification on the age of the fetus' shown. There is a graphic abortion early in the film that shows what looks like a 20-weeker having a procedure done. The fetus is torn apart, and we see eyes, legs, hands, feet. I would want movie goers to know that this is a BIG fetus and doctors don't see this every week in the OR or clinic. The vast majority of abortions are done before 10 weeks, in a short procedure in a clinic. And most states have a 22-week limit on abortion. Bet you didn't know that. The anti-abortion side wants you to believe that abortions are legal until the day before birth. That is not true at all. 22 weeks.

So you can see that I wanted more details. Everyone wanted more details. One audience member wanted to see more women being shown on the anti-abortion side. I know they are out there, but like the clinic patient who agreed to be filmed, they are very difficult to find.

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