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What Lies Beneath (2000)

PG-13 | | Drama, Fantasy, Horror | 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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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Some men cheat and get caught. Some men pay a higher price. 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)


$155,370,362 (USA) (5 January 2001)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


According to the original script by Clarke Gregg, Claire and Norman smoked pot and didn't have as close a relationship as they did in the movie. See more »


When Claire finds the tub filled with water (both times), it is completely filled. While the overflow drain would not have normally permitted this (and while the second time, it has filled abnormally fast and quietly), it's a ghostly event, which means some of the normal laws of nature are suspended. 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 »


Too Late
Written by J.C. Brandy (as Justine Brandy), Katie Harris, Lissa Beltri, Claudia Rossi & Doug DeAngelis
Performed by LoBall
Courtesy of Doug DeAngelis
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User Reviews

A Good Thriller
25 February 2001 | by (Farmington, CT) – See all my reviews

Unlike most movies that are "supposed" to be scary, or suspenseful, this one actually pulls it off. I'm not saying you'll lose any sleep over this movie, but it definitely has parts where you'll jump or at least get startled perhaps. Many critics felt this movie was predictable, but I disagree, and even though the story is nothing groundbreaking, it still has some originality. Great acting from Harrison Ford and Michelle Phiffer really make this movie what it is...A good thriller. They convey the feelings very well. Robert Zemeckis is also a great director and the angles he uses in this film help give it that extra mysteriousness. The movie is also driven by its great soundtrack, reminiscant of Psycho-esque music. The movie is not exactly scary, but it is a little freaky. I enjoyed this movie a lot and its really worth the rental and if you can watch these kinds of movies over and over again and enjoy them, then its worth the purchase.

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