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What Lies Beneath (2000) Poster

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Director Robert Zemeckis filmed this while production when Cast Away (2000) was shut down (so Tom Hanks could lose weight for his character).
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Robert Zemeckis consciously shot What Lies Beneath (2000) in the style of Hitchcock, if he had access to digital technology. Also, the heroine of the film is a blonde, which was a common trademark of Alfred Hitchcock's.
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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.
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Michelle Pfeiffer stated in an interview that she used Drew Barrymore's method of projecting fear to help her get into character.
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According to the original script by Clarke Gregg, the scene with the Ouija board was started by Jody. Later she runs out screaming after the séance gets a little out of hand. The scene was changed for the movie in order to emphasize how much Claire thinks she is losing her mind.
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The theatrical trailer was criticised for spoiling plot twists, including the identity of the ghost.
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Five different versions of the bathroom set were constructed so various parts of the same scene could be filmed at different times on opposite coasts.
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Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford were director Robert Zemeckis's first and only choices for the lead roles of Claire and Norman Spencer.
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Michelle Pfeiffer stated in interviews that she was initially put off by all the technical aspects of the film, but eventually learned to embrace them. In the end the actress found the experience both educational and enjoyable.
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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.
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The first film released under Zemeckis' production company ImageMovers.
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During the end scene a face materializes in the snow as the picture fades to black for the credits.
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According to the original script by Clark Gregg, Claire and Norman smoked pot and didn't have as close a relationship as they did in the movie.
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The date of birth on Madison Frank's missing persons' report is the birthday of Amber Valletta.
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The Crown Point Bridge appears throughout the film. It was located in Addison, Vermont, near D.A.R. State Park, very close to where the house was built. It connected Crown Point, NY to Chimney Point, VT. Filming closed the bridge for several days, causing problems for locals on both sides of Lake Champlain. The bridge closed permanently on October 16, 2009, after an inspection revealed serious deterioration. It was demolished December 28, 2009. Its replacement, the Lake Champlain Bridge, opened in the same spot on November 7, 2011.
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There is a Bollywood Movie named "Raaz", which was inspired by this movie.
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Claire and Norman's sailboat is called "Good Genes".
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Harrison Ford and Wendy Crewson previously co-starred in Air Force One
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At 9.40. Into the movie Claire is folding some clothes into her daughters bureau. One of the things that is put on the bureau is a small E.T. doll. Harrison Ford was once married to Melissa Mathison who was the screenwriter of E.T.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

This is only the second time in Harrison Ford's career that he's played a villain. The first was in American Graffiti (1973).
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When Michelle Pfeiffer lies stunned on the floor and the murderer leans over her face, the camera seemingly cranes down underneath the floor to look directly up at her face. The effect was created by using a glass floor. The solid floor at the start of the shot is drawn in by computer. A glass floor is also used when she drops the keys later on.
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Throughout the film, Claire's eyes are blue. When Claire allows Madison to posses her body, her eyes become green. Director Robert Zemeckis asked Michelle Pfeiffer to wear contacts in order to emphasize the eye color change from blue to green to identify a "change of character".
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Toward the end of the movie, it can be seen that the bathtub has an overflow drain. It should not be possible under normal circumstances for the tub to fill higher than the drain.
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Music by Alan Sylvestri appears to be in the style of "Psycho (1960)". Similarly, both movies share a theme of dead bodies in hidden by rolling cars into bodies of water.
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When Claire visits the village of Adamant, she realizes Madison's necklace and the key she's found came from a store called "The Sleeping Dog". This is a reference to the phrase "let sleeping dogs lie" which is about not scratching the surface too much.
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