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I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

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Four teens are in great danger one year after their car hits a stranger whose body they dump in the sea.



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Adaptation of Lois Duncan's thriller about four teenagers trying to cover up a hit-and-run. Love Hewitt plays Julie, a high school senior who goes trip with her friends and accidently hits a fisherman. They think he is dead and dump him into the waters. But later they get a strange letter that says "I know what you did last summer." Written by Lawless <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


He's got a hook on them... See more »

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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:

$15,818,645 (USA) (17 October 1997)


$72,219,395 (USA) (10 April 1998)

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(at around 38 mins) "Hush" from the soundtrack (played fully over the end credits) is heard briefly on the radio of Barry's car. See more »


(at around 14 mins) As the body hit the automobile, the kids were driving on mountainous terrain along the coast. There are no mountains anywhere in the North Carolina shore area. See more »


Helen: Listen, you little shit-stick-mayberry-ass reject. There's been a murder, and you are going to fry in hell if you ignore it!
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Written by Raine Maida and Arnold Lanni
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At least it's better than the sequel
30 August 1999 | by (Toronto, Ontario) – See all my reviews

I like Kevin Williamson. Scream was a brilliant parody of horror films while being scary in its own right and Dawson's Creek is a great television show. But this film is just not that good. It's not scary. It's not well written or well thought out. There really was no reason for guy from Rosanne to get killed. He had nothing to do with it. And it is the same thing in the sequel, most of the cast has nothing to do with it either. I didn't find this flick scary in the least although the story at the beginning was interesting. It is blessed with a cast of incredibly good looking people but that does not make it a good film to watch. If you really enjoy seeing Love Hewitt running around with her breasts half exposed, Gellar looking particularly sexy, Phillipe trying to box, Prinze Jr. looking silly, stupid characters that do stupid things, unconvincing deaths, a trunk full of fish that conveniently disappears (smell and all) when it is required to, someone get a hair cut in their sleep without knowing it and a plethora of other really bad scenarios, then this is your movie. However, if you want to see a good horror flick with teenagers getting killed, rent the early Fridays, the first Halloween, the first Nightmare, the first Texas, the first Evil Dead and even Scream. But for God sake, stay away from this one. It is quite bad.

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