What Lies Beneath Movie Review Summary

Actors: Harrison Ford,Michelle Pfeiffer

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College professor Norman Spencer (Ford) and his wife Claire (Pfeiffer) appear to have an idyllic marriage and life. She is a retired concert cellist who was injured a year before in a car crash. Of late she has been hearing voices and seeing strange visions around their lakeside home in Vermont, especially the face of a young woman in the water. Maybe she's feeling tensions in the house next door? The wife of that couple seems to have disappeared suddenly and without explanation. Norman dismisses her concerns and suggests she try therapy, and she does. The therapist urges her to make contact with the ghost, and learn what may lie beneath. This decent suspense thriller from 2000 has many Hitchcockian references, and Pfeiffer does an excellent acting job (Ford is given much less to do), but the film has a pat, perfunctory quality to it -- perhaps partly because director Robert Zemeckis polished it off during a break in filming "Cast Away" while waiting for Tom Hanks to lose a lot of weight for his later island scenes.
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The review of this Movie prepared by David Loftus

Horror movie about a house wife (Michelle Pfeiffer) haunted by the spirit of a young woman seeking for help and revenge. Michelle Pfeiffer's character find out really nasty secrets in his husband's past.
The review of this Movie prepared by Lindsay Jacobson

Norman and Claire Spencer had the perfect relationship until Claire started hearing noises and seeing things. She discovers there's a ghost in her house and she must unravel the mystery before it's too late.
The review of this Movie prepared by Steph Swanger

A triller with a twist in the end. Things started to went wrong when Claire(Michelle Pfeiffer) began investigation of the murder of a college student whom appeared to 'seek' her help.
The review of this Movie prepared by Jenny

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 27.5%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 32.5% Time/Era of Movie:    -   1980's-1999 Horror film?    -   Yes Horror Plotlets:    -   haunted house or boat

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   teacher/professor Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   drowning Misc setting    -   scientific labs

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately messy visuals of dead Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   sex under blankets Kind of violence:    -   hand to hand    -   guns Unusual forms of death    -   fright    -   drowned Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing    -   Some foul language

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