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I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

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After a nasty accident, four friends begin to drift apart. One year later Julie James gets a anonymous message and then a slicker wearing, hook wielding killer begins to rip apart her life.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Elsa Shivers (as Bridgette Wilson)
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Mrs. James
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After an accident on a winding road, four teens make the fatal mistake of dumping their victim's body into the sea. But exactly one year later, the dead man returns from his watery grave and he's looking for more than an apology. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Nobody Saw Him Step Out. Nobody Saw Them Kill Him. Nobody Could Imagine The Terror To Follow. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

17 October 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sé lo que hicieron el verano pasado  »


Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,818,645, 19 October 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:


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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The scene where Helen (Sarah Michelle Gellar) escapes from the cop car mirrors a similar scene in Scream 2 (1997) with Sidney and Hallie. Sarah Michelle Gellar plays the sorority girl Cici in said film. See more »


(at around 57 mins) The mirror when Helen is smashing it. See more »


Julie: Wait.
Ray: What?
Julie: Should we check his wallet and see who he is?
Barry: Why?
Julie: I don't know okay, just to know.
Helen: I don't want to know.
Barry: Let's just pretend he's some escaped lunatic with a hook for a hand and we're doing everybody a favor.
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Spoofed in I'll Always Know What You Did Last Summer (2006) See more »


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Written by Christy Schnabel and Jerry DiRienzo
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Not worth the effort
10 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

The best part of this film comes with the opening credits, when we hear Type O Negative's excellent rendition of the cheesy old Seals & Crofts song "Summer Breeze." Unfortunately, the song soon ends and the movie starts.

This film bears little resemblance to the book upon which it was based, which is a shame because the book was really quite good. The book was about four teens who strike a young boy with their car, accidentally killing him. The boys' older brother tracks them down when one of the girls sends flowers to the funeral. It was a story about taking responsibility for your actions, and about the different (and extreme) ways that guilt and grief affect us all. The movie version, however, scraps all that and gives us a hook-handed slasher who cannot be stopped and will not die. It's Jason Voorhees on the beach.

The teens are all flawlessly beautiful and perfectly one-dimensional, although Jennifer Love-Hewitt does try to convey a severe case of guilty conscience and mostly succeeds. The story quickly becomes ridiculous as crabs are stuffed into the trunk of a car and then inexplicably disappear (I suppose if you were H. P. Lovecraft, this might be considered scary) and one girl is subjected to the spine- tingling terror of a professional haircut while she sleeps! Oh god, the horror! The Fisherman (wow, what a terror inspiring nickname - next we'll have the Mailman or the Burger Chef, I guess) stalks silently through the film in his yellow rain slicker and floppy hat, impaling people on his silver steel hook. And I didn't care about any of the victims. Granted, you're not really supposed to care much about the characters in a film like this, but this is far from innovative stuff here; there's just nothing to appreciate. I was bored silly with this one. Give me Friday the 13th any day.

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