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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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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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Trivia

There is a scene in the trailer in which Claire is looking at a photograph and notices a ghost face in the window. This scene never appears in the movie. See more »

Goofs

When Norman sits down on the bed and then stands up, the lining (perhaps a handkerchief) in his pocket disappears. 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 »

Connections

References Rear Window (1954) See more »

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Too Late
Written by J.C. Brandy (as Justine Brandy), Katie Harris, Lissa Beltri, Claudia Rossi & Doug DeAngelis
Performed by Lo-Ball (as LoBall)
Courtesy of Doug DeAngelis
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A Thriller in the Hitchcock Tradition!
21 May 2001 | by bsmith5552See all my reviews

In "What Lies Beneath", director Robert Zemeckis gives us a thriller that reminds one of the great films made by Alfred Hitchcock. Now don't get me wrong, nobody in my opinion, will ever top the master of suspense. Zemeckis does come close.

Without giving too much away, the story revolves around a suburban wife (the ever beautiful Michelle Pfeiffer) who we learn had been in a serious accident months earlier. She begins "to see things" and despite support from her husband (Harrison Ford) and friends, wonders what really is happening, has happened or will happen.

Zemeckis gives us such plot elements such as things that go bump in the night, visions that only the Pfeiffer character can see, mysterious next door neighbors, a ouija board, the doubting husband and the loyal friend. This works pretty well in the first half of the movie, but because "What Lies Beneath" is essentially a two character story, events in the second half are often telegraphed before they happen.

Pfieffer and Ford are very good in their roles (as always). I do think though, that more involvement from the supporting cast would have heightened the mystery. But all in all, "What Lies Beneath" is a very good movie.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 July 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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

Gross USA:

$155,464,351

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$291,420,351
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Color

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2.39 : 1
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