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What Lies Beneath (2000)

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Horror, Mystery  |  21 July 2000 (USA)
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The wife of a university research scientist believes that her lakeside Vermont home is haunted by a ghost - or that she is losing her mind.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennison Samaroo ...
PhD Student #1
PhD Student #2
Eliott Goretsky ...
PhD Student #3
PhD Student #4


Norman Spencer, a university research scientist, is growing more and more concerned about his wife, Claire, a retired concert cellist who a year ago was involved in a serious auto accident, and who has just sent off her daughter Caitlin (Norman's stepdaughter) to college. Now, Claire reports hearing voices and witnessing eerie occurrences in and around their lakeside Vermont home, including seeing the face of a young woman reflected in water. An increasingly frightened Claire thinks the phenomena have something to do with the couple living next door, especially since the wife has disappeared without apparent explanation. At her husband's urging, Claire starts to see a therapist; she tells him she thinks the house is being haunted by a ghost. His advice? Try to make contact. Enlisting the help of her best friend, Jody, and a ouija board, Claire seeks to find out the truth of What Lies Beneath. Written by Eugene Kim <genekim@concentric.net>

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He was the perfect husband until his one mistake followed them home. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for terror/violence, sensuality and brief language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 July 2000 (USA)  »

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Box Office


$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$29,702,959 (USA) (21 July 2000)


ESP 2,285,968,301 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The house depicted in the film was used for day scenes only. It was torn down after filming because it didn't meet local building codes. The rooms were duplicated on an L.A. sound stage for night scenes. See more »


The first time the bathtub mysteriously fills, Claire rolls up her sleeve as she walks towards the tub. In the next shot, she rolls up her sleeve again. See more »


[first lines]
Claire Spencer: Good morning, Beauty. Let's go or we'll never leave on time.
Caitlin Spencer: I'm totally ready.
Claire Spencer: Come on. I'll make you some waffles.
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Crazy Credits

When the movie title first appears on screen, the word 'Lies' appears just before the rest of the title. See more »


References The Changeling (1980) See more »


Written and Performed by Adam Hamilton
Courtesy of MasterSource Music Library
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User Reviews

The creepiest film in many years.
14 May 2001 | by (Seattle, Washington) – See all my reviews

I sat down to watch this film with basically no pre-conceived notions concerning its plotline (or quality, for that matter.) A little over two hours later, I was still shivering and shaking. Robert Zemeckis has taken what is undoubtedly a good (though maybe somewhat predictable) screenplay, and has lifted it to the level of Hitchcockian genius. My eyes bugged out, my skin crawled, my breath got short, and I couldn't have torn myself away even if the Publisher's Clearing House Prize Patrol was at my door.

Along with a great story and masterful directing, this movie features the superb performance of Michelle Pfeiffer. Ambivalent about her acting skills in the past, I am now a full-fledged Pfeiffer fan. Harrison Ford is certainly adequate, and this role is a refreshing change for him, but Michelle steals the show.

Good ghost stories are few and far between. Even "Stir Of Echoes" and "The Sixth Sense", fine films that they are, don't compare to the perfect blend of soundtrack, plot twists, camerawork and performance that make up "What Lies Beneath". If goosebumps are your thing, don't miss this one.

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