Lake Placid

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This is a bouillabaisse of aquatic exploitation pics. Indeed, so similar is the opening scene to Jaws, you'll wonder whether it's homage, spoof or rip off. Stylistically, it's all three. Scriptwise, it's almost up there with the likes of Piranha, Alligator and Tremors. Something strange lurks beneath the surface of a Maine lake - how else could a law enforcer have been bitten in half, with only his big toe left as evidence? The culprit, it transpires, is a giant Asian croc. Before long a group of interested parties - Pullman's fussy game warden; sheriff Gleeson; wealthy slouch Platt; Fonda's nature-hating paleontologist - are on the case, falling over each other's feet and exchanging wonderfully cutting and often deadpan dialogue. Platt and Gleeson get most of the best lines, along with local dear Mrs Delores Bickerman (White), whose obscenities recall the Zucker brothers at their peak. If you don't find something to laugh about here, you've clearly stumbled into the wrong movie. As for the effects, they veer from the genuinely impressive - ever seen a crocodile eat a bear? - to the jerky and poorly rendered, as in the overblown finale.

Release details

Duration: 82 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Steve Miner
Screenwriter: David E Kelley
Cast: Bill Pullman
Oliver Platt
Bridget Fonda
Brendan Gleeson
Betty White
David Lewis
Tim Dixon
Natassia Malthe
Mariska Hargitay
Meredith Salenger

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Richard Freeman

With alength of 30 feet and a bite force of 5000lb per square inch (a great white shark has only 400lbs bite force) the saltwater crocodile makesJaws look like Mary Poppins. What the hell one was doing in the USA is never explained. I suppose its another case of all films haing to be set in bloody America no matter what.

Richard Freeman

With alength of 30 feet and a bite force of 5000lb per square inch (a great white shark has only 400lbs bite force) the saltwater crocodile makesJaws look like Mary Poppins. What the hell one was doing in the USA is never explained. I suppose its another case of all films haing to be set in bloody America no matter what.