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Scream (1996)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery  |  20 December 1996 (USA)
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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 ...


1 year after her mother's death, Sydney Prescott (Neve Campbell), and her friends started experiencing some strange phone calls. They later learned the calls were coming from a crazed serial killer, in a white faced mask and a large black robe, looking for revenge. His phone calls usually consist of many questions, the main one being: Whats your favorite scary movie? Along with many scary movie trivia, ending with bloody pieces of innocent lives scattered around the small town of Woodsboro. Written by Joss Oran

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Don't Answer The Phone. Don't Open The Door. Don't Try To Escape. 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)

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Technical Specs


| (cut) (PAL DVD)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was sent to the MPAA over nine times for re-consideration, as they were going to slap the movie with a NC-17 rating. With each time the MPAA made Wes Craven cut out more of the films gore heavy shots. Bob Weinstein eventually had to step in, which secured the films R rating. Wes Craven wanted to know what Bob Weinstein had said to the MPAA to get them to give the film its R Rating - he told them to view the film as a comedy and not a horror film. This completely changed the MPAA'S view point. See more »


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[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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User Reviews

Thrilling, refreshing horror tale
18 April 2000 | by (London,) – See all my reviews

Watching this film for the first time in the basement of a four story house, with no-one else in was the perfect setting for this film. From the very first scene I was gripped and I could not wait for the climax to discover the murderer and his motives. The script was extremely original, as they had purposely set out to parodie the typical slasher style movie.

It was written in a way that deceived and tricked and had you jumping out of your seats but also laughing at the paradoxical black humour. For anyone looking for a good horror film with a twist, you won't find a better one than Scream.

Overall I give it 9.5/10

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