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I Saw What You Did (1988)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | TV Movie 20 May 1988
A group of pranksters unintentionally get the attention of a serial killer who soon starts targeting them.

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Cast

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Kim Fielding
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Lisa Harris
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Julia Fielding (as Candace Cameron)
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Adrian Lancer
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Stephen
Rosanna Huffman ...
Mrs. Harris
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Robyn Griffin
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Mr. Marley
Patrick O'Bryan ...
Louis
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Sid
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Mark Fielding
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Gym Teacher
Michael A. Ross ...
Mike (as Michael Ross)
Stack Pierce ...
Policeman
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Randy
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Two teens, Lisa and Kim, are playing games making prank calls on the phone. But when they call Adrian Lancer who has some mental problems, and say "I saw what you did", they ignite a human time bomb. Adrian has just killed someone and thinks they saw him do it. Now he is trying to find them. Written by Brian W Martz <B.Martz@Genie.com>

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They were teenagers playing a phone prank. He was a madman committing murder. Tonight terror is on the line.

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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20 May 1988 (USA)  »

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I Saw What You Did... and I Know Who You Are!  »

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Camera can briefly be seen reflected in window when Adrian looks out after receiving second call from girls. See more »

Quotes

Adrian Lancer: What's your name?
Kim Fielding: It's Ellen, Ellen Jones.
Adrian Lancer: Ellen Jones, nice name, have we ever met before, Ellen?
Kim Fielding: Uh, no, I don't think so. So you're a musician.
Adrian Lancer: How did you know?
Kim Fielding: Lucky guess, I saw your guitar over there.
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Effective remake with more fleshed-out characters
14 January 2007 | by (Van Buren, Arkansas) – See all my reviews

Perhaps more than any other coming-of-age angst film, this made-for-TV gem captures the fad-drenched arrogance and superciliousness of teenagers, pinpointing certain dangers that accompany such an attitude. It is the character of Lisa Harris (brilliantly portrayed by Tammy Lauren)that exudes this smart-ass front the best. Kim Fielding (Shawnee Smith) is putty in Lisa's hands as she is led down the road to perdition for the selfish motive of wanting a place for the night to rendezvous with her profligate boyfriend.

This nifty little film has it all, thrills, chills, suspense...you name it. Obviously much of the credit not only belongs to the superb cast, including the two Carradine brothers who play crazed brothers, but to the script by Cynthia Cidre, since both this TV flick and the earlier Joan Crawford "I Saw What You Did" (1965) are based on the same novel by Ursula Curtiss, not to slight the original William Castle production which itself is a fine addition to the horror genre. Yet this TV version goes beyond mere terror to a more thorough psychological analysis of what makes the main players tick. Even the smaller parts are more fleshed out than is usual for a TV show.

The plot is a familiar one by now. Two bored teenage girls, alone except for one's pesky little sister, decide to make prank phone calls. As expected, they accidentally reach a mad man in the midst of a murder. One bad move leads to another until the mad man is hot on the trail of one of the girls. But director Fred Walton, of "When a Stranger Calls" fame, keeps the show moving at a fast pace and though the ending is not that unusual it still comes as a surprise and as presented is extremely effective.


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