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

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


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

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The first film released under Zemeckis' production company ImageMovers. See more »

Goofs

When Claire sees Madison's face in the water after she throws the tennis ball in the water, the ball disappears in one shot. 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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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 Manifest: Vanishing Point (2019) 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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Suspense is what lies beneath
5 September 2001 | by ih007b2077See 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 July 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

What Lies Beneath 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

Gross USA:

$155,464,351

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$291,420,351
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2.39 : 1
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