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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

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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?


Tori Spelling was considered for the role of Sidney Prescott. At one point in the movie (when discussing who would play her in the movie), Dewey says he sees Sydney as a young Meg Ryan. Sydney replies with, "With my luck, it would be Tori Spelling." See more »


When Mr. Himbry is in his office with two students that he expels, he cuts up the scream mask with scissors. In the next scene in his office he is seen looking in the mirror at himself wearing the scream mask that is now again fully intact right before he is killed. 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

Henry Winkler, who played Principal Himbry, was asked to go uncredited because the producers did not want to detract any attention from the younger, lesser known actors. See more »


Performed by Catherine
Written by Keith Brown, Kerry P. Brown & Mark Rew
Courtesy of TVT Records
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User Reviews

Favorite movie....
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This movie completely changed my view on horror films.... Before seeing Scream I would never watch anything might make me scared because I hated horror movies... when i saw Scream it completely changed... It also introduced me to Matthew Lillard who I had never heard of before... Now he is my favorite actor! This movie gave so many young actors and actresses a chance to make it big.. Courtney Cox was great in this movie as well as the sequels and after seeing this movie I became a FRIENDS fanatic... This movie also completely changed the horror genre and every scary movie thats come out since takes a little something from Scream... I will always remember the first time I saw Scream... It really captivates its audiences.


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