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Lake Effects (2012)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Family, Romance | TV Movie 6 May 2012
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Sara and Lily grew up at Smith Mountain Lake. Sara became estranged from the family and without explanation moved to Los Angeles to study law. Her sister Lily, an artist, teaches locally ... See full summary »

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Michael McKay

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Scott Winters, Michael McKay (additional material) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Scottie Thompson ... Sara
Jane Seymour ... Vivian
Madeline Zima ... Lily
Jeff Fahey ... Ray
Casper Van Dien ... Ash Henson
Sean Patrick Flanery ... Mark Futterman
Ben Savage ... Carl
Eyal Podell ... Tyler
Richard Moll ... Old Vic
Ron Canada ... Winchester
Mary Beth McDonough ... Elizabeth
Richard Riehle ... Chairman McCarren
Liberty the Dog Liberty the Dog ... Dobie
Jennifer Massey ... Jeanne
Scott Winters Scott Winters ... Dave Boyers
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Sara and Lily grew up at Smith Mountain Lake. Sara became estranged from the family and without explanation moved to Los Angeles to study law. Her sister Lily, an artist, teaches locally and lives with their parents, Ray and Vivian, until Dad dies in an accident. Sara returns to help settle his estate, and all our ladies cross paths with an eclectic group of local oddballs, as they search for a Loch Ness-style monster they believe lurks in the lake's depths. A few real Smith Mountain Lake characters make appearances. The next week at the lake is filled with adventure, tears, and laughter as Vivian and her two daughters finally understand, through the guidance of Dad's spirit, if they still belong on the lake, even though Ray is gone. All paths converge at the Smith Mountain Lake Wine Festival, on course for a heart-warming and hilarious collision. Written by Mike McKay

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Trivia

Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia is one of only two dammed lakes in America which pump water back up from below into the lake. Water generates electricity all day at peak rates, then at night is pumped back up from below. See more »

Quotes

Vivian: Now I chose this life. I chose family and community and simplicity and nature, over wealth and power and position and fame. Now I respect your choices; and I know folks in your neck of the woods don't respect mine; but I expect you to know better.
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Crazy Credits

There are two scenes during the first part of the end credits. The first one has the TV show guy asking women about the lake monster, and the second has the girl getting asked for directions as she is stopped on the side of the road. See more »

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The Perfect Storm
by Barefoot West
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Background music too loud
27 April 2014 | by bookandcandleSee all my reviews

This is a heartwarming Hallmark film about a family torn apart and reunites after the father dies from an accident. The scenery of the lake was spectacular and the acting was excellent. You could really relate to each of their parts.

The only problem I had with the film was the loud music playing constantly in the background. Music is supposed to be in the background, so you can hear each word clearly. Now Hallmark has the music louder than the speaking and continuous. It is like going to a concert and a lecture at the same time and trying to give attention to each equally. Years ago the classic films did not have music when there was speaking unless it was at a climatic point in the movie. I love Hallmark movies, but if I can't hear it clearly, I turn it off half way through the movie. My family and I all have perfect hearing, so it has nothing to do with that. It just annoys all of us and is very disappointing.


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6 May 2012 (USA) See more »

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