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What Lies Beneath (2000)

Harrison Ford , Michelle Pfeiffer , Robert Zemeckis  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (450 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Harrison Ford, Michelle Pfeiffer, Katharine Towne, Miranda Otto, James Remar
  • Directors: Robert Zemeckis
  • Writers: Clark Gregg, Sarah Kernochan
  • Producers: Robert Zemeckis, Cherylanne Martin, Jack Rapke, Joan Bradshaw, Mark Johnson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Dreamworks Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 30, 2001
  • Run Time: 130 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (450 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00003CXI7
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,425 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "What Lies Beneath" on IMDb

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In this exciting supernatural thriller, Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer play a seemingly happily married couple who uncover a terrible secret…a secret so disturbing it threatens to destroy them.
When Claire Spencer begins seeing ghostly images and hearing mysterious voices in their home, her husband Norman suspects it’s just her imagination – until the images turn real. Now, together they must uncover the truth, confront their worst fears and find "what lies beneath"…with twisting and terrifying results.

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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock's ghost August 18, 2005
By milss
Format:DVD
Robert Zemeckis makes his homage to Hitchcock in What Lies Beneath, starring Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer.

The Spencer's -Claire and Norman- are a supposedly happy and successful marriage. He is a prominent scientist, she's an ex musician that just left her only daughter at college. Free time takes Mrs. Spencer to spy on her neighbors, and from that activity she believes that a crime has been perpetrated next door. Insecure and nervous, Claire's paranoia grows as a series of paranormal events take place in her perfect home: doors open and close, electrical equipment turn on automatically, spectral visions in the bathtub. Are all these things related? That's one of the many secrets the movie hides.

A lonely home, secrets trying to be revealed, darkness, ghosts and the impending sensation that we are not sure what our eyes are seeing, What Lies Beneath has enough elements to hook you up for a scary time. Zemeckis takes advantage from every trick, cliche and ideas to spice the story, until he leaves us with a terrible deja vu sensation. The result is a supernatural thriller cleverly built, part psychological, part ghost story.

And one could very well wonder, when Michelle Pfeiffer sees a spectral reflex on the water, if the ghost we are seeing is indeed Mr Hitchcock.

As soon as the credits vanish, we take a walk from moments of Rear Window, Suspicion, Vertigo and even Psycho. The cinematic references overwhelm us, from the lead man's name, the disturbing music score, the movie's rhythm, the creepy house alone on a hill. Hitch's fans will enjoy tremendously this tribute

Pfeiffer and Ford are two stars talented and very charismatic, whose performances give more depth to the story.
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44 of 50 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Genuinely Creepy December 21, 2000
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In a time in which good horror/suspense movies are few and far between, Robert Zemeckis brings us a wonderfully and surprisingly taut and well-balanced thriller filmed in the grand tradition of the great Alfred Hitchcock. Finally, a horror movie that doesn't rely on fake blood and cheesy special effects to wow the crowd, or attempt to scare the feeble minded. The movie is centered around a couple, recently moved, who has discovered a supernatural presence in their new dwelling. The wife, Claire (played beautifully by Michelle Pfeiffer, in one of the best female performances of the year) believes it to be the ghost of the neighbor she suspects has been murdered. The husband, Norman (played well by Harrison Ford) of course, thinks she is crazy. The movie twists and turns around this basic central plot, leading to an ending that, although not terrible, I'm still not quite buying. The greatness of the movie comes not from the plot, but from the style in which the film was created. Some of the devices are a bit overused (a door opens mysteriously about three times too many), but not too much as to distract the viewer. There are some great scenes that, although clichéd, (there's a wonderful scene that borrows heavily from Rear Window) work beautifully and really instill a sense of apprehension in the viewer. Also, Zemeckis utilizes silence to build suspense where a lesser director might use the old disonant-music-crescendos-into-a-big-loud-scare tactic that we see all too often in horror movies. Somewhere along the way, the line between horror movies and slasher films has blurred. It seems now that if you want to scare people, all you need is some fake blood and a knife. This movie proves that something can still be scary without dumbing it down.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining! January 14, 2001
Format:DVD
Robert Zemeckis gives us this non stop thrill ride starring Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer. The story is about a couple (Ford and Pfeiffer) who's only child recently moves off to college leaving the two by themselves in a new home. The story quickly leaves that norm when the house turns out to be haunted by some sort of spiritual being. The film vaguely resembles a good Hitchcock movie with its' great work of shadows and an evil yet terrifying scene with a bath tub. The movie has a few surprises and scares that you don't expect which gives you more than enough reason to check this one out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sheer horror March 27, 2001
Format:DVD
What Lies Beneath
Score: 78/100
Beware of the trailer for What Lies Beneath! If you want to see the film and not know what's going to happen, you must stay away from all adverts of this classy, hip thriller. I, fortunately, knew nothing about the movie when I went to see it, so I was lucky. But, if you see the trailer, you'll be able to guess the end twist within the first second. However, once you keep yourself darned away from that advertisement, your on the right track, and are sure to like this chilling and thought-provoking film.
Norman Spencer (Harrison Ford), a university research scientist, is growing more and more concerned about his wife, Claire (Michelle Pfeiffer), 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 (Diana Scarwid), and a ouija board, Claire seeks to find out the truth of What Lies Beneath.
At the very, very end the film kinds of drains away and leaves us with something a little more lifeless than the first hour and a half, but, flaws aside, What Lies Beneath is an excellent film. However, to call it a film or a movie is underestimating this thriller - it's more of an experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Harrison Ford plays a very different type of character than ...
Harrison Ford plays a very different type of character than he has played before. Michelle Phifer (not sure last name is correct) plays a very convincing scared wife in the plot of... Read more
Published 3 days ago by S. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars So many professional and symbolic touches go unnoticed in this ...
So many professional and symbolic touches go unnoticed in this movie. Note especially the face in the snow in the last second of the movie.
Published 4 days ago by Dr. Sim B, Shattuck, Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Keeps you are on the edge of your seat the whole time!
Published 8 days ago by jen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good
Published 10 days ago by Monica Estrada
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I have see this movie at least a dozen times. Scares me every time, the acting is amazing. Great to have this movie so I can watch it whenever I want.
Published 26 days ago by MJB
5.0 out of 5 stars scary smart movie
my mom and I loved this movie very scary and not at all what you think will happen................very good movie.shocking!!!!!!! prinny
Published 27 days ago by prinny
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
I have seen this movie a number of times but never had my own copy until now. It is one of the best suspense / scary movies to keep you on the edge of your seat.
Published 1 month ago by Gerald Dillon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Hello this was a old movies that i had in casette,so wen i saw it in dvd i was so happy,great movie.
Published 1 month ago by josee
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
I love this movie suspenseful, and action packed, also a little scary too. The actors in the movie are great, this is a sure plus movie don't know what will happen next
Published 1 month ago by Ladybug
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking for it for ever!
Thanks! been searching for this movie for ever. Loved in the theater.. love it even more now that i have it on dvd!
Published 1 month ago by Suzanne M.
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