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Lake of Fire

  • News and current affairs
  • Documentary and factual
  • 2006
  • Tony Kaye
  • 152 mins

Summary

Infusing objectivity into the abortion debate, this film blends ethics and philosophy to argue that pro-life and pro-choice views have equal moral and historical credibility.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

American History X director Tony Kaye courts controversy again with this in-depth examination of the thorny issue of abortion in the United States. Seventeen years in the making, the slickly shot documentary takes a sobering look at both sides of the debate, commendably granting the pro-life and pro-choice standpoints equal weight while exploring their ethical, emotional and political impact. Given the subject's ultra-sensitive nature, it's unsurprising that the opinions featured range from rational deliberation to rabid rants. The overall result is deeply distressing yet powerfully thought-provoking, muddying the waters with its even-handed though unflinchingly graphic approach - be warned, actual footage of an abortion procedure is shown, though mercifully in black and white. Consequently, while you might think your own views are clear-cut, after watching this heartbreaking film, you'll probably reconsider.

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Credits

Cast

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Alan DershowitzAlan Dershowitz
Noam ChomskyNoam Chomsky
Nat HentoffNat Hentoff
Dallas BlanchardDallas Blanchard
Norma McCorveyNorma McCorvey
Peter SingerPeter Singer
Randall TerryRandall Terry
Frederick ClarksonFrederick Clarkson
Bill BairdBill Baird
Frances KisslingFrances Kissling

Crew

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DirectorTony Kaye

Details

Languages
English
Formats
Black and white
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