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Scream (1996)

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Attempting to cope with her mother's murder, Sydney and her horror movie-obsessed friends are stalked by a murderer who seems to have a hard time letting the past go.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Phone Voice (voice)
Kevin Patrick Walls ...
Carla Hatley ...
Lawrence Hecht ...
Lois Saunders ...
Joseph Whipp ...


One year after the death of Sidney Prescott's (Campbell) mother, two students turn up gutted. When a serial killer appears, Sidney begins to suspect whether her mother's death and the two new deaths are related. No one is safe, as the killer begins to pick everyone off one by one. Everyone's a suspect in this case. Written by FilmFanUK

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Now someone is victim and someone is a suspect See more »


Horror | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong graphic horror violence and gore, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

20 December 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Scary Movie  »

Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,354,586 (USA) (20 December 1996)


DEM 14,564,502 (Germany) (12 December 1997)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


| (cut) (PAL DVD)

Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The use of caller ID increased more than threefold after the release of this film. See more »


When Casey runs into the kitchen after her boyfriend Steve is killed, The smoke alarm sounds like a fire truck siren. Much later, when Casey's Mother and Father come into the kitchen, the smoke alarm is making a "beeping" sound. This because many smoke alarm will do that when the battery gets weak. After whaling the full siren alarm, the battery got weak and the sound changed to the beeping sound. See more »


[first lines]
Casey: Hello?
Phone Voice: Hello.
Casey: Yes?
Phone Voice: Who is this?
Casey: Who are you trying to reach?
Phone Voice: What number is this?
Casey: Well, what number are you trying to reach?
Phone Voice: I don't know.
Casey: I think you have the wrong number.
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Crazy Credits

Right before the credits roll, there is a quick flash of the killer's face (Ghostface), so quick, it causes the viewer to doubt they actually saw it. See more »


Don't Fear The Reaper
Performed by Gus
Written by Donald Roeser
Courtesy of Sony/AIV Tunes LLC
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User Reviews

It's a scream that they made something this original!
13 August 2002 | by (Chicago, Illinois) – See all my reviews

In 1996, when I saw this in the theater, I was expecting to see a predictable movie. That we would just get bored with. But I was wrong. This has to be one of the most clever movies of the 90's. Believe me, this was an awesome thriller. Wes Craven should stick to movies like this,

It had a wonderful cast. Funny lines. Scary moments. Classic horror scenes that will keep you at the edge of your seat. A movie that you'll rewind and want to watch again and again. And after the 50th time you watch it, you'll say, just one more time.

So, if you have good taste, or are looking for something original, watch this film. And get the trilogy DVD set. It's a screamer!


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