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I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  17 October 1997 (USA)
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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 <Lawless@netside.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Someone knows their secret, someone knows they're scared, and someone knows what they did last summer. 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:

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The original trailer for the movie described Kevin Williamson and the movie as "from the creator of Scream (1996)". Miramax, owners of the "Scream" franchise successfully sued Columbia Pictures for "false advertising" and the phrase was removed. See more »


Helen's father's store is called Shiver's. This is grammatically incorrect, as it should either be called Shivers as it is the name of the family, or Shivers' or Shivers's to indicate that it is owned by the family. It being called Shiver's implies that the family's last name is Shiver. See more »


Julie: [to Barry] Can you say alcoholic?
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Written by Dexter Holland (as B. Holland) and Kevin Wasserman (as K. Wasserman)
Performed by The Offspring
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Everyone should love this film!
1 February 2000 | by (Guildford, Surrey) – See all my reviews

Exactly, everyone should - but why? Because it is an excellent film, containing a good storyline (though not one of the best) and some promising new actors and actresses. In regards to the storyline, not many viewers realise that the film was actually based on a novel written before Kevin Williamson even thought up the idea to create another horror flick - therefore the general outline is not his, and so some people's comparisons between this and Scream can be considered as wrong. However, they are right in the sense that the typical horror elements are all there, and some are similar to Scream. I feel that the statement on the video cover "scarier than Scream" is to some extent true, especially the climatic ending (I won't spoil it for any of you left to see the film)!

I enjoyed the acting performances, though sometimes the screams did get slightly out of hand - near the end, one popped up every other minute or so! Despite this, the characters were portrayed very well, and you could really notice the distinctions between them, and which characters you were likely to prefer. However one drawback to the characters was how obvious it was to spot who was going to bite it - all my sister had to do was look at the characters in a group and guess straight away.

On the whole though, I found it to be a good horror film, done proud by the talents of writer Kevin Williamson and of the cast. If you are looking for a good scare, or simply taste other films after experiencing the wonder that is "Scream", then "IKWYDLS" should be your first choice - with its many 'jumps' making you enjoy the ride all the way!

ENJOY, and most importantly, SCREAM ON!!!

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