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

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They have the perfect marriage and the perfect house, until she found out what was wrong. 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?


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 »


During the seance scene, when Claire and Jody are using the Ouija board, the hand piece stays over the "T". In the next shot it is over a different letter. 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 E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) See more »


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Written by J.C. Brandy (as Justine Brandy), Katie Harris, Lissa Beltri, Claudia Rossi & Doug DeAngelis
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Suspense is what lies beneath
5 September 2001 | by (Calne, England) – See all my reviews

This is the most suspenseful thriller I have seen in the past year. As a refreshing change to more formulaic chillers, WLB takes its time to build the suspense. It is allowed to do this by virtue of Harrison Ford, and, especially, Michelle Pfeiffer, who, I feel, deserved an Oscar nomination for her convincing portrayal of a happy, but suddenly lonely, wife. It is just about as Hitchcockian as you can get, and I rate the bath sequence as gripping (pardon the pun) as taking a shower at the Bates Motel. The plot is thin and the action is played out sedately. Yet it seems perfectly timed in setting the mood of the whole piece. I particularly liked the music,and the supporting actress Diana Scarwid, whose lighthearted attitude during the seance scene made it all the more chilling. A perfect example of good film-making with only a slight plot. I am sure this movie will mature with age until it is rightfully regarded as a modern classic. Count the number of times you jump!

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