Lake of Fire (film)

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Lake of Fire
Lake of Fire poster.jpg
Directed by Tony Kaye
Produced by Tony Kaye
Written by Tony Kaye
Starring Noam Chomsky
Alan Dershowitz
Peter Singer
Randall Terry
Music by Anne Dudley
Cinematography Tony Kaye
Edited by Peter Goddard
Distributed by ThinkFilm
Release date
  • September 9, 2006 (2006-09-09) (Toronto International Film Festival)
  • October 3, 2007 (2007-10-03) (United States)
Running time
152 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Lake of Fire is a 2006 documentary film directed by Tony Kaye that graphically depicts abortion in the United States. It features Noam Chomsky, Peter Singer, Alan Dershowitz, Nat Hentoff, Randall Terry and Norma McCorvey, among others. Footage of Paul Jennings Hill, who murdered physician Dr. John Britton and Britton's bodyguard James Barrett in 1994, was also featured.

The film was shot over a period of 16 years, with director Tony Kaye spending $6 million of his own money on its production.[1]

The documentary was filmed entirely in black and white. It opened in September 2006 in Toronto, Ontario.

Critical reception[edit]

The film received very positive reviews from critics. As of January, 2018, the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 94% of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 54 reviews.[2] Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 83 out of 100, based on 15 reviews.[3]

On November 19, 2007, Lake of Fire was named by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as one of 15 films on its documentary feature Oscar shortlist, but it did not receive a nomination.[4]

Top ten lists[edit]

The film appeared on several critics' top ten lists of the best films of 2007.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Tony Kaye Abortion Documentary "Lake of Fire" Hits Theaters in October". Archived from the original on 2015-06-13. Retrieved 2015-11-19. 
  2. ^ "Lake of Fire - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2018-01-08. 
  3. ^ "Lake of Fire (2007): Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2008-01-06. 
  4. ^ "Shortlist for docu Oscar unveiled". The Hollywood Reporter. 2007-11-20. Retrieved 2007-12-21. 
  5. ^ "Metacritic: 2007 Film Critic Top Ten Lists". Metacritic. Archived from the original on 2008-01-02. Retrieved 2008-01-05. 

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