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Scream (1996)

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A year after the murder of her mother, a teenage girl is terrorized by a new killer, who targets the girl and her friends by using horror films as part of a deadly game.

Director:

Wes Craven
Popularity
452 ( 104)
11 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Drew Barrymore ... Casey
Roger Jackson ... Phone Voice (voice)
Kevin Patrick Walls Kevin Patrick Walls ... Steve
David Booth ... Casey's Father
Carla Hatley Carla Hatley ... Casey's Mother
Neve Campbell ... Sidney
Skeet Ulrich ... Billy
Lawrence Hecht Lawrence Hecht ... Mr. Prescott
Courteney Cox ... Gale Weathers
W. Earl Brown ... Kenny
Rose McGowan ... Tatum
Lois Saunders Lois Saunders ... Mrs. Tate
David Arquette ... Deputy Dewey
Joseph Whipp ... Sheriff Burke
Matthew Lillard ... Stuart

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Storyline

A year after her mother's death, Sidney 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: What's your favorite scary movie? Along with much scary movie trivia, ending with bloody pieces of innocent lives scattered around the small town of Woodsboro. Written by Joss Oran

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Someone has taken their love of scary movies one step too far. Solving this mystery is going to be murder. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Melinda Clarke turned down the role of Tatum Riley. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 19 mins) When Sidney and Billy are up in Stu's bedroom after they have sex, Sidney brushes her hair all to one side. Her hair then proceeds to change completely from scene to scene as they talk. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Alternate Versions

The US LaserDisc version contains the director's cut with ca. 20 seconds of restored footage that was originally cut to avoid being slapped with the NC-17 by the MPAA. It also has commentary by director Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson. In the commentary, Craven notes five places where his cut differs from the theatrical release:
  • Steve's guts are shown pouring out of him as Casey looks on. In the released version, the very last few moments of this are shown.
  • Casey hanging from the tree was time compressed in the film release (it is at normal speed here).
  • When Tatum meets her death by garage door, her head is shown, very briefly being flattened.
  • After Kenny the cameraman's throat is cut, he stares at the blood on his hand after touching his neck, and then looks up at the killer.
  • Billy clearly loses control as he delivers his final cuts to Stuart.
  • After Billy and Stuart have finished stabbing each other, there is a shot of Stu's hand dripping blood into a puddle, with Sidney's father looking on.
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Connections

References Trading Places (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

Bitter Pill
Performed by The Connells
Written by Peele Wimberley
Courtesy of TVT Records
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User Reviews

Thrilling, refreshing horror tale
18 April 2000 | by freakstar67See all my reviews

Watching this film for the first time in the basement of a four story house, with no-one else in was the perfect setting for this film. From the very first scene I was gripped and I could not wait for the climax to discover the murderer and his motives. The script was extremely original, as they had purposely set out to parodie the typical slasher style movie.

It was written in a way that deceived and tricked and had you jumping out of your seats but also laughing at the paradoxical black humour. For anyone looking for a good horror film with a twist, you won't find a better one than Scream.

Overall I give it 9.5/10


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Scary Movie See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,354,586, 22 December 1996

Gross USA:

$103,046,663

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$173,049,980
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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