Lake Placid

July 16th, 1999


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Horror-Comedy about a man-eating crocodile loose in the lake.

Release Year: 1999

Rating: 5.4/10 (24,063 voted)

Critic's Score: 33/100

Director: Steve Miner

Stars: Bridget Fonda, Bill Pullman, Oliver Platt

What happens when a man-eating crocodile begins picking off tourists in beautiful Lake Placid? What if the crocodile wants to make it his home?

Bill Pullman - Jack Wells
Bridget Fonda - Kelly Scott
Oliver Platt - Hector Cyr
Brendan Gleeson - Sheriff Hank Keough
Betty White - Mrs. Delores Bickerman
David Lewis - Walt Lawson
Tim Dixon - Stephen Daniels
Natassia Malthe - Janine
Mariska Hargitay - Myra Okubo
Meredith Salenger - Deputy Sharon Gare
Jed Rees - Deputy Burke
Richard Leacock - Deputy Stevens
Jake T. Roberts - Officer Coulson
Warren Takeuchi - Paramedic
Ty Olsson - State Trooper

Taglines: You'll never know what bit you.


Official Website: Fox | Fox Mexico |

Release Date: 16 July 1999

Filming Locations: Buntzen Lake, Anmore, British Columbia, Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $27,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $10,974,145 (USA) (18 July 1999) (2096 Screens)

Gross: $56,870,414 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Betty White's character is told that PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) would be interested to learn of her alleged mistreatment of her cows. In reality, Betty White is a major on-air spokesperson for PETA.

Continuity: When Wells shoots the tranquilizer into the trapped croc you can see the pink-feathered tranq projectile. The second croc jumps, is shot, and we cut back to the first croc who no longer has the tranquilizer dart.

[Hector Cyr is preparing to SCUBA dive to look for the crocodile]
Sheriff Hank Keough: I brought a pork chop for luck. Maybe you could hang it around your neck.
Hector Cyr: That's sweet. Maybe later you can chew the bark off my big fat log.

User Review

It's a COMEDY folks

Rating: 8/10

I love watching this movie. I love this dialog in a "horror" film. I got myself a copy on DVD and watch it at least a few times a year. There are some classic lines between the city folk vs. the bumpkins. Fonda's line about the sarcasm being too subtle is great (while spraying RAID in the middle of Maine). Betty White is building her career these days being the tart-mouthed old broad (see "Boston Legal" - another David Kelley production). Also, the interplay between Oliver Platt and the actor playing the sheriff are priceless.

Contrary to what others have written - I think the special effects go just fine with the overall campy and comedy feel of the movie and the amount of gore is also appropriate. More would change the tone of the film from the comedy which I enjoy, to one more of a gross-out nature.

Just a favorite of mine. Try it if you, for example, liked "Love at First Bite" - you will probably like this too.