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I Know What You Did Last Summer -- Last summer, four friends made a desperate pact to conceal a shocking secret. But now, someone has apparently learned the truth.
I Know What You Did Last Summer -- 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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Writers (WGA):
Lois Duncan (novel)
Kevin Williamson (screenplay)
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17 October 1997 (USA) See more »
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Directed by
Jim Gillespie 
Writing credits
Lois Duncan (novel)

Kevin Williamson (screenplay)

Produced by
William S. Beasley .... executive producer
Stokely Chaffin .... producer
Erik Feig .... producer
Neal H. Moritz .... producer
Original Music by
John Debney 
Cinematography by
Denis Crossan (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Steve Mirkovich 
Casting by
Mary Vernieu 
Production Design by
Gary Wissner 
Art Direction by
John J. Rutchland III 
Set Decoration by
James Edward Ferrell Jr. 
Costume Design by
Catherine Adair 
Makeup Department
Judith H. Bickerton .... hair stylist
Bonita DeHaven .... key makeup artist
Linda Kamp .... makeup artist
Jamie Kelman .... special prosthetics
Matthew W. Mungle .... special prosthetics
Kris Ravetto .... assistant makeup artist: California
Lisa Marie Rosenberg .... key hair stylist
Mariann Ybarra .... assistant hair stylist: California (as Mariann Ybarra-Williamson)
Coni Andress .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Susan Buffington .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
William S. Beasley .... unit production manager
Steve Dayan .... production supervisor: California
Chantal Feghali .... post-production supervisor
Nancy Kirhoffer .... post-production supervisor
Sharyn Shimada-Huggins .... production supervisor (as Sharyn Shimada Huggins)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Louis D'Esposito .... first assistant director
Robert V. Girolami .... first assistant director: second unit (as Robert Girolami)
Steve Lonano .... second second assistant director (as Stephen LoNano)
Steve Mirkovich .... second unit director
Marianne M. Scanlon .... second assistant director
Christian Clarke .... second assistant director: reshoots (uncredited)
Art Department
Rufus Best .... mill shop foreman (as Rufus D. Best Sr.)
Zachary M.H. Boozer .... lead greensman
Richard E. Brown .... lead person: California
Dale DeStefani .... general construction foreman: California
Alan Hook .... set designer
Walker Daniel Kiser Jr. .... construction foreman
Barry Kootchin .... paint foreman
Cynthia La Jeunesse .... buyer (as Cynthia M. LaJeunesse)
Gary W. Lang .... propmaker foreman
Scott A. Lawson .... on-set dresser
Andrew Menzies .... set designer
Stephen C. Peterman .... lead man
Chris L. Spellman .... set decorator: California (as Chris Spellman)
Barry Spencer .... propmaker foreman
Mark Vena .... illustrator (as Marc Vena)
Richard Waldrop .... property master
Doug White .... assistant property master
Adam Cameron .... set dresser (uncredited)
Alyce Fahsholtz .... art department coordinator (uncredited)
Robert L. Girard .... construction foreman (uncredited)
Jeffrey A. Hughes .... set dresser (uncredited)
Deborah Pollard Matthews .... painter (uncredited)
John W. Morgan .... paint foreman (uncredited)
Barry Spencer .... construction foreman (uncredited)
John L. Sullivan .... propmaker gangboss (uncredited)
Richard Whitney .... property maker (uncredited)
Sound Department
Petra Bach .... adr editor
Odin Benitez .... sound effects editor
Gaston Biraben .... dialogue editor
Michael J. Broomberg .... foley artist (as Michael Broomberg)
C. Douglas Cameron .... boom operator
Kent Forbes .... second assistant sound editor
Gary Gegan .... sound re-recording mixer
Dan Giannattasio .... cable person (as Daniel Giannattasio)
Don Givens .... foley recordist
Marilyn Graf .... foley mixer
Ann Hadsell .... adr mixer
Alexandra Hawkinson .... second assistant sound editor
Ellen Heuer .... foley artist
Michael Hilkene .... supervising sound editor
Matthew Iadarola .... sound re-recording mixer
Ken J. Johnson .... special sound effects recordist
Robin Johnston .... sound recordist
Diane Linn .... adr recordist
James Morioka .... second assistant sound editor
Douglas Parker .... first assistant sound editor
Brian Risner .... sound effects editor
Carl Rudisill .... sound mixer
Pernell L. Salinas .... apprentice sound editor (as Pernell Salinas)
Art Schiro .... sound recordist
Greg Schorer .... sound effects editor
Michael Stern .... synthesizing mixer (as Mick Stern)
Christopher T. Welch .... supervising sound editor (as C.T. Welch)
John O. Wilde .... foley editor
Special Effects by
Stan Blackwell .... special effects: California (as Stanley Blackwell)
Michael J. Hudson .... special effects set lead person
John D. Milinac .... special effects coordinator
William Purcell .... special effects leadperson (as William A. Purcell Jr)
Michael Schorr .... special effects foreman/welder
Walter Kiesling .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Jeffrey L. Loy .... special effects foreman (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Mindy Minkow .... optical camera operator (uncredited)
Bob Brown .... stunts
Lisa Dempsey .... stunts
Freddie Hice .... stunt coordinator
Randy Johnson .... stunts
Bob MacDougall .... stunts (as Bob McDougall)
John Meier .... stunts
Erin Ricotti .... stunts (as Erin Ricotti-Hice)
Troy Robinson .... stunts
James Ryan .... stunts (as James Schwartz)
Dustin Meier .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jim Bridges .... still photographer (as James Bridges)
Joe D'Alessandro .... camera operator: "b" camera (as Joseph C. D'Alessandro)
Michael Dhonau .... grip
Lynn Dodson .... chief lighting technician: second unit (as Thomas Lynn Dodson)
David Ellis .... additional electrician
Jay Herron .... underwater assistant camera: California (as Jay Heron)
Eric Jones .... best boy grip
Robert 'Boomer' McCann .... best boy grip: California (as Robert J. McCann)
Jack McCollum .... assistant chief lighting technician
Larry McConkey .... Steadicam operator
Larry McConkey .... camera operator: "b" camera
Mick McNeely .... chief lighting technician
David Noble .... key grip: second unit
David B. Nowell .... aerial camera operator: California
John Perkinson .... assistant camera: second unit
Tom Priestley Jr. .... director of photography: second unit (as Tom Priestley)
Mark J. Rainsford .... key grip
Medel Ramos .... assistant chief lighting technician: California
Mike Repeta .... second assistant camera (as Michael H. Repeta)
Bret Straughn .... dolly grip
Mike Thomas .... underwater camera operator: California
Paige Thomas .... first assistant camera
Mark Van Loon .... Steadicam operator
Mark Van Loon .... camera operator: "b" camera
Simon Carey .... electrician (uncredited)
Jim Cote .... grip (uncredited)
Kahlil Fadel .... electrician (uncredited)
Ben D. Griffith Jr. .... grip (uncredited)
Dalton Hendrix .... grip (uncredited)
Dan Jones .... electrician (uncredited)
Mark A. Lewis .... electrician (uncredited)
Michael Meier .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Ben Noble .... electrician (uncredited)
Jan Ruona .... additional assistant camera: Bodega Bay (uncredited)
Michael Santy .... camera operator: "b" camera, California (uncredited)
Damian Smith .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Mike Smith .... Steadicam operator (uncredited)
Robert Zuckerman .... key art photographer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Amy Cherrix .... extras casting assistant (as Amy E. Cherrix)
Marty Cherrix .... extras casting
Craig Fincannon .... casting: North Carolina
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Anne McCarthy .... casting associate
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vanessa Jenik .... set costumer (as Vanessa C. Jenik)
Yvonne Kubis .... key costumer: Los Angeles
Jessica S. Smith .... set costumer
Pauline White .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Timothy Alverson .... assistant editor
Brian Day .... apprentice editor: North Carolina
Mo Henry .... negative cutter
Michael Mirkovich .... apprentice editor: California
William Yeh .... associate editor
David Orr .... color timer (uncredited)
Frederick Wardell .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Jeff Atmajian .... orchestrator
Frank Bennett .... orchestrator
Thomas A. Carlson .... music editor (as Tom Carlson)
Budd Carr .... executive music consultant
Geneviève Thomas Colvin .... music coordinator
John Debney .... conductor
Brad Dechter .... orchestrator
Sandy DeCrescent .... music contractor (as Sandy De Crescent)
Don Nemitz .... orchestrator
John Richards .... scoring engineer
Alex Steyermark .... music supervisor
Tim Devine .... soundtrack a&r (uncredited)
Carlton Kaller .... music editor (uncredited)
Transportation Department
David Frederick .... transportation captain
Gregory Nutt .... transportation co-captain: California
Johnnie Peterson .... transportation co-captain
Domiciano Rodriquez .... transportation captain: California
Jesse Adam Smith .... picture car coordinator (as Jesse A. Smith)
Shane Summers .... transportation coordinator
Donald Binder .... driver (uncredited)
Edwin Bowden Jr. .... driver (uncredited)
Greg Stancil .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Belinda B. Baker .... assistant production coordinator
Beth Bargas .... assistant production coordinator (as Beth A. Bargas)
Savannah Barnes .... production assistant: Wilmington
Beth Bromley .... publicist
Henry J. Cornelissen .... post-production accountant (as Henry Cornelissen)
David Curtis .... set production assistant
Louis F. DiFelice .... location manager
Derek Ellis .... assistant accountant
Kelley Finn .... assistant location manager
Dhana Gilbert .... assistant: Mr. Feig (as Dhana Rivera)
April H. Grantham .... craft service
Chad Graves .... key set production assistant
Mark Hager .... key production assistant: California
Jeff Johnson .... marine coordinator (as Captain Jeff Johnson)
Douglas R. Jones .... production assistant: Southport
Robert Karpman .... location manager: California
Melisa Kashiwahara .... assistant: Mr. Moritz
John Kreidman .... production coordinator: California
Christine Moore .... script supervisor
Sean O'Keefe .... assistant: Ms. Chaffin
Alan D. Purwin .... helicopter pilot: California (as Alan Purwin)
Woody Richardson .... boat boss
Ryan Schaetzle .... assistant location manager
Patricia Story .... publicist (as Pat Story)
Cara White .... publicist
Erik Whitestone .... set production assistant
James J. Wilhelm .... craft service: California
Pamela Williamson .... first assistant accountant
Gregor Wilson .... accountant
Adryenn Ashley .... stand-in: Sarah Michelle Gellar (uncredited)
Jason Aaron Baca .... double (uncredited)
Jason Aaron Baca .... stand-in (uncredited)
Sam Feuer .... stand-in: Freddie Prinze, Jr (uncredited)
Bennett Fidlow .... additional legal services (uncredited)
E. Michael Hewett .... location scout (uncredited)
Ryan R. Johnson .... assistant to head of production (uncredited)
Michael C. Lund .... production assistant: Los Angeles preparation (uncredited)
Stone Lyons .... set production assistant (uncredited)
Scott Sandine .... set medic: Northern Califorina (uncredited)
Steve Zukowski .... craft service (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Last Summer" - Japan (English title)
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Rated R for strong horror violence and language
100 min | Germany:99 min (cut version)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Argentina:18 (cable rating) | Australia:MA | Australia:M (TV rating) | Belgium:KNT | Canada:14A (Ontario - 2006) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Chile:18 (original rating) | Chile:14 (re-rating) | Finland:K-16 | France:12 | Germany:16 (cut) (theatrical version) (original rating) | Germany:16 (re-rating) (uncut) (2015) | Germany:18 (uncut) (video) (1999) | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:16 | Malaysia:18SG | Mexico:B | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:15 | Peru:14 | Philippines:PG-13 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | UK:18 (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1998) | USA:R (certificate #35237)

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"Hush" from the soundtrack (played fully over the end credits) is heard briefly on the radio of Barry's car.See more »
Revealing mistakes: David Egan's obituary says he died on Wednesday July 5th 1997, but in 1997, July 5th was a Saturday.See more »
[the killer threatens Julie with his ice hook]
Ben Willis:Happy Fourth of July, Julie!
Julie:[terrified] Please... it was an accident!
Ben Willis:I know all about "accidents", and let me give you some advice: When you leave a man for dead, make sure that he's REALLY dead!
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13 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
A decent teen slasher film, but one can't help feeling that Kevin Williamson missed a big chance to send up traditional horror archetypes once more..., 21 April 2005
Author: Eddy Durnan

I Know What You Did Last Summer

It's the Fourth of July, and Julie (Jennifer Love Hewitt, TV's "Party of Five"), Ray (Freddie Prinze Jr.), Helen (Sarah Michelle Gellar), and Barry (Ryan Phillippe) are intent on celebrating their graduation from high school, which, for them, means driving to a secluded beach, getting drunk, telling ghost stories and making out with each other. But later that evening, on the way back to town, they accidentally hit a man with their car, apparently killing him. After thinking things through, the group reluctantly decides to dump the body in the sea, and swear to take the secret of what they did that night to their graves. One year later, a still guilt-ridden Julie returns from college to her hometown, and finds an incriminating message in the mail: somebody knows what they did last summer. After rounding up her circle of former friends, she tries to figure out who alive could have seen them leave a man for dead. But the events surrounding the accident may be more complicated than any of them had originally thought.

Last year, screenwriter Kevin Williamson came out of nowhere with 'Scream, a self-referential satire on the teen slasher oeuvre wrapped warmly in classic Wes Craven thrills. Unexpectedly, but deservedly, a surprise runaway box office success followed. Based on the reception of his feature debut, and before Craven and the folks at Dimension came knocking for a 'Scream' sequel (due out this winter), Williamson took it upon himself to bring author Lois Duncan's novel 'I Know What You Did Last Summer' to the big screen. The end product is a decent teen slasher film, but one can't help feeling that Williamson missed a big chance to send up traditional horror archetypes once more.

As the world of 'Last Summer' wasn't originally Williamson's own creation, it's to be expected that the film not be strung through with the same knowing streak of humour that was the driving force behind 'Scream'. Or maybe it's just that Williamson had grown tired of the same old jokes, and opted to shun them out of 'Last Summer' altogether. But through opting to stay within the lines for his latest film, Williamson has gutted what made his first so special. Sadly, 'Last Summer' does not stand apart from the crowd of horror films that Kevin Williamson so skilfully mocked ten months ago. That said, this is perhaps the first slasher film to come out since 'Scream', and, against the odds, this serves to the film's advantage, as it's almost quite enjoyable watching the clichés play out in front of you exactly as predicted.

Ironically, British director Jim Gillespie ('Joyride'), in his first Hollywood production, has made a good effort to mimic the works of Wes Craven, specifically with the commanding score by John Debney. Marco Beltrami's work on 'Scream' is the template used by Debney here, and the versatile composer manages to accentuate the tension well, despite signalling some of the scares. However, Gillespie makes the mistake of depicting the death scenes too graphically. Gore could have been used well in 'Last Summer', but Gillespie leaves the camera rolling for too long during the vicious attacks on the killer's victims, which end up more repulsive than anything. Gillespie ain't no Craven, that's for sure.

The cast (or should I say group of attractive teens that are waiting to be offed?) also seem to be taking this project a little too unsmilingly, with actors Freddie Prinze Jr. and Ryan Phillippe more concerned with trying to see which one of them can ham it up the most than actually developing characters worth caring about. Jennifer Love Hewitt is decent enough here, but her performance never fully convinces. It's up to Sarah Michelle Gellar to strap ably into "damsel in distress" mode (something that the actress should know about, starring on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" week after week), and does more than necessary to make the audience truly feel for Helen Shivers as she laments her shattered dreams. Jamie Lee Curtis, you might want to keep an eye on your Scream Queen coronet.

The final act of the film is hard to resist, as it stages a series of nice set pieces that keep you close to the edge of your seat at all times, right up to the agreeably trite, sequel-friendly ending. But Williamson needs to learn how to wean the parody away from his screenplays without completely robbing them of any innovativeness. I admire the man for not repeating himself, but he seems to have progressed right into a career corner with 'Last Summer'. 'Scream 2' will most likely return him to the top of the pyramid once again, but I'd rather not think about what might happen after that.

~ 7/10 ~

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