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I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997)

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Four young friends bound by a tragic accident are reunited when they find themselves being stalked by a hook-wielding maniac in their small seaside town.

Director:

Jim Gillespie

Writers:

Lois Duncan (novel), Kevin Williamson (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Love Hewitt ... Julie James
Sarah Michelle Gellar ... Helen Shivers
Ryan Phillippe ... Barry Cox
Freddie Prinze Jr. ... Ray Bronson
Muse Watson ... Benjamin Willis / Fisherman
Bridgette Wilson-Sampras ... Elsa Shivers (as Bridgette Wilson)
Anne Heche ... Melissa Egan
Johnny Galecki ... Max
Stuart Greer Stuart Greer ... Officer
J. Don Ferguson J. Don Ferguson ... MC
Deborah Hobart Deborah Hobart ... Mrs. James
Mary McMillan ... Mrs. Cox
Rasool J'Han Rasool J'Han ... Deb
Dan Albright Dan Albright ... Sheriff
Lynda Clark Lynda Clark ... Pageant Official
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Storyline

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

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For The Last Year, Four Friends Have Kept A Secret. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sé lo que hicieron el verano pasado See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$72,586,134

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$125,586,134
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The killer's arming of himself with a hook is a reference to the urban legend "The Hook," which the four main characters recount at the beginning of the film around a campfire. According to Williamson, he wrote the scene as a way of indicating what was to come: "Basically what I was doing was I was setting the framework to say, 'Alright, audience: That's that legend. Now here's a new one.'" Unlike Williamson's screenplay for the film's contemporary, Scream (1996), which incorporated satire of the slasher film, I Know What You Did Last Summer was written more as a straightforward slasher film. Gillespie commented in 2008: "The joy of this film for me as a filmmaker was in taking [the] elements that we've seen before, and saying to the audience: 'Here's something you've seen before'--knowing that they're saying 'We've seen this before'--and still getting them to jump." Gillespie also claimed that he felt Williamson's screenplay did not resemble a "slasher horror movie," and that he saw it rather as simply "a really good story" with a morality tale embedded within it. See more »

Goofs

(at around 45 mins) David Egan's obituary says he died on Wednesday July 5th 1997, but in 1997, July 5th was a Saturday. See more »

Quotes

Barry: We're going home now and never, ever, under any circumstances known to God speak about this again is that clear? It is now merely a future therapy bill agreed?
Barry: [screaming] Helen?
Helen: I'll never mention it again.
Barry: We make a pact, right here and now we take this to our grave.
Ray: Agreed.
Barry: Julie?
[Julie nods her head in agreement]
Barry: [livid] Don't you nod your head, you fuckin' say it.
Julie: [somber] Yeah okay.
Barry: [Barry runs and grabs Julie by the neck pushing her against the car] We take this to our grave, let me hear it.
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Alternate Versions

German theatrical version was slightly cut to avoid a "Not under 18" rating. The uncut version has been released on VHS/DVD/Blu-ray. See more »


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Sugar Is Sweeter
Written by Kris Vanderheyden
Performed by Cornelia Anit Van Lierop
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A great slasher movie
26 January 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

The Mid to late nineties was a great time for those that loved Slasher movies, Scream seemed to reignite a forgotten genre, many followed. One of the best that came in my opinion was I know what you did last Summer. On paper it sounds like all the rest, group of kids on the run from a mad man in a costume with a deadly weapon. There is however a whole lot more to this movie, firstly the direction, I'm watching this twenty years on, and I can't believe how slick it still looks, very well edited, beautifully shot, the use of music is excellent also. It's very well acted, I enjoyed watching Sarah Michelle Gellar and Jennifer Love Hewitt most of all. Some really great scares, less comedic then the delivery in Scream, this was more serious, more blunt. Very enjoyable.


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