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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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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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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
the best documentary you probably didn't see in 2007, 18 March 2008
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

In Lake of Fire, a film that Tony Kaye- director behind American History X (which he wanted to be named under the pseudonym 'Humpty Dumpty' following a loss of final cut)- has been shooting footage for over fifteen years, is about all you need to see to know the fundamentalist and existentialist ramifications on the abortion-in-America issue. It covers all of the pro-life advocates, the murders of doctors and bombings of clinics, footage of actual abortions, and even an interview with the real-life 'Roe' from Roe v. Wade. It covers about as much ground, in interviews and footage of those at rallies and on the street and so on and so forth, that can be covered in two and a half hours.

But what builds up Kaye's film to such a potent focus is that Kaye doesn't let out necessarily what *his* stance is on the issue. I think this was the way to go, and not necessarily because it would be insensitive one way or the other- in order to take as objective a stance as possible (which, in this case, is so next to impossible because of the subjective point for a woman when it comes time to decide on the pregnancy), it works best to let the sides speak for themselves. As it turns out, he doesn't let the pro-choice crowd be the only voices of reason either; one actually sees, when there isn't total crazy Bible-thumping rhetoric, some sound arguments against abortion. And why not? It's one of the murkiest of all issues in the annals of history, not just American. And as we learn painfully in Lake of Fire, no matter what the most savage and hypocritical of the maniacs who try and stop abortion practices and doctors (in the old Malcolm X 'by any means necessary' mold), women will always get abortions if it comes down to it.

Kaye's scope is large and all encompassing, with interviews from the likes of pragmatic minded Noam Chomsky and Alan Dershwitz (the latter's parable about the Rabbi hits it the nail on the head, if there could be a nail in this), to intelligent pro-lifer Nat Hentoff, to Roe (real name Norma McCorvey) who got converted to being pro-life after setting the stage for all of this in the 70s, to the clean-cut psycho Paul Hill. Then there's everyone in-between, from radio show hosts to priests and pastors (one of which, an uproarious 'Lamb' protector), and then to doctors and professors. Not one word is wasted, which is staggering unto itself for over two and a half hours.

What one sees is the issue of choice in general, but also the nature of zealousness. To be sure, the pro-choice crowd are far less zealous than those who use the bible (or the Pope or just any thoughts about heaven or hell in general and who they think will go to where or not) as a blanket of protection. And Kaye's style for this is like that of mourning for lack of disagreeing to agree, and vice-versa and in-between. His cinematography shoots things in a stark, gray tone, while Anne Dudley's music- very akin to American History X- is that of the utmost tragedy. There are many beautifully shot scenes, from close-ups to cut-aways, but one that strikes me the most is during the Q&A at a doctor's office with a woman who is about to get an abortion.

As far as the issue itself and how viewers will take to it... It's not cut and dry. It won't reveal to you anything that might change your opinion, if it's already steadfast, about the issue. What Kaye does do, and it's a brave feat, is to not candy-coat a thing, to be provocative but not to a point of no return, to make clear what is at stake in what it means for a human being to take a life, any life, and how we approach that. As a man I will never have to make that choice of 'do I or don't I' in the first trimester. But as Lake of Fire makes perfectly clear, it's a civil rights issue through and through. It also makes for some fantastic cinema through someone as meticulous and exemplary a filmmaker as the (unprolific) Kaye. A+

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