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

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A graphic documentary on both sides of the abortion debate. | Add synopsis »
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a documentary that lets you make up your own mind See more (28 total) »

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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12 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
a documentary that lets you make up your own mind, 27 May 2008
Author: Roland E. Zwick (magneteach@aol.com) from United States

We've been taught to believe that the purest and best documentaries are those that take a definitive stand on an issue. Such a one-sided approach is supposed to bespeak a righteous passion on the part of a filmmaker - as if dogmatism, in and of itself, were an indisputable virtue. But what if the issue at hand is so morally complex that it simply doesn't lend itself to the strident arguments and easy answers of a black-and-white diatribe? Might it not, then, be best to drop the "know-it-all" posture of the partisan zealot and, instead, attempt to look at both sides of the issue from a position of objectivity and fairness?

Well, that is exactly what filmmaker Tony Kaye has done with "Lake of Fire," a documentary on abortion that attempts to examine both sides of the issue in as unbiased and evenhanded a way as possible. For once, the impassioned spokespersons in both the "pro-life" and "pro-choice" camps are free to have their say and to make their case, without commentary or condemnation from a judgmental third party. In so doing, he has fashioned an unflinching and uncompromising look at one of the issues that most divides Americans today - and will surely do so for a very long time to come..

Watching "Lake of Fire" is a bit like being a ping pong ball in a high-stakes table tennis match. Just as we find ourselves agreeing with a representative from one side of the equation, we are bandied back to the opposing side by what appear to be equally compelling arguments emanating from a spokesperson there. And back and forth we go. For while there are "nutcases" and "screwballs" on both sides of the divide (and they certainly get ample opportunity to voice their views here), many of the people who are interviewed offer sound, reasoned arguments for the positions they take. At a lengthy two hours and thirty-two minutes, Kaye's film has plenty of time to take us into the emotionally-charged world of abortion politics, represented most vividly by the impassioned rallies and protest marches that all too often devolve into name-calling shouting matches that cloud the issue and further alienate those in the political center. Moreover, in what is essentially a new American "civil war," both sides come to the battlefield armed with gruesome images of those who have already perished in the conflict - the pro-lifers of dismembered fetuses, the pro-choicers of murdered doctors and victims of "back alley" abortions.

Kaye is to be particularly commended for not sanitizing or sugarcoating the actual abortion process, clearly assuming that we are grown up enough to face the truth without the need for coyness or comforting filters. Intriguingly, Kaye has opted to film his movie in black-and-white rather than color, a very shrewd and wise decision, since the stark imagery serves to underline the seriousness and gravity of the issue.

If there's a weakness to the film it is that there may be a bit too much emphasis on the movers and shakers in each of the groups and not enough on the ordinary, average citizens whose lives have been directly affected or severely altered by abortion (or the lack thereof). The movie does, however, end on such a note, taking us along with a young woman as she goes through the step-by-step process of an actual abortion. It reminds us that, after all the speeches and marches, all the clinic protests and killing of doctors, the issue finally comes down to an individual woman and the agonizing decision she alone is being called upon to make.

With his film, Kaye clearly wants to make us think, but he doesn't tell us HOW to think - and that's what separates his work from that of so many of his film-making contemporaries. How people will react to this film is anyone's guess. All I know is that, no matter which side of the struggle you may come down on - or even if you have somehow managed to remain scrupulously neutral about it up to this point - "Lake of Fire" will indeed make you think long and hard about the issue.

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