What Lies Beneath
U.S. box office gross: $155.4 million
The goodwill built up between Ford and movie audiences paid off nicely when the actor went against type in this suspenseful supernatural thriller. Ford plays a scientist whose past comes back to haunt him (and his wife, played by Michelle Pfeiffer). Director Robert Zemeckis (no summer movie slouch himself, with blockbusters like Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and Forrest Gump on his résumé) knew just how to use Ford’s laid-back persona to lull his audience to sleep — and then scare the bejeezus out of them.
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