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What Lies Beneath (2000)

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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.

Director:

Robert Zemeckis

Writers:

Clark Gregg (screenplay), Sarah Kernochan (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Pfeiffer ... Claire Spencer
Katharine Towne ... Caitlin Spencer
Miranda Otto ... Mary Feur
James Remar ... Warren Feur
Harrison Ford ... Norman Spencer
Victoria Bidewell ... Beatrice
Diana Scarwid ... Jody
Dennison Samaroo ... PhD Student #1
Jennifer Tung ... PhD Student #2
Eliott Goretsky Eliott Goretsky ... Teddy
Rachel Singer ... PhD Student #3
Daniel Zelman ... PhD Student #4
Ray Baker ... Dr. Stan Powell
Wendy Crewson ... Elena
Amber Valletta ... Madison Elizabeth Frank
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Storyline

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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Some men cheat and get caught. Some men pay a higher price. See more »


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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 July 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Revelaciones See more »

Filming Locations:

Burlington, Vermont, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,702,959, 23 July 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$155,464,351

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$291,420,351
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Harrison Ford and Wendy Crewson previously co-starred in Air Force One See more »

Goofs

When Claire is in the bath she turns the water tap counter-clockwise by pulling on the shower line. While that would normally open a tap, in some older plumbing it does not. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

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Referenced in Secret (2002) See more »

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Gymnopedie No.1
Written by Erik Satie
Performed by Rowena Hammill
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A Good Thriller
25 February 2001 | by md006See 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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