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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 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 ... Officer
J. Don Ferguson ... MC
Deborah Hobart ... Mrs. James
Mary McMillan ... Mrs. Cox
Rasool J'Han ... Deb
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

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What Started As A New Beginning, Is Becoming A Dead End. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Anne Heche could greatly relate to her character of Melissa 'Missy' Egan with the tragic passing of her own brother. See more »

Goofs

(at around 56 mins) When Helen goes to sleep the bow on her lamp shade is facing the end of the bed but when she wakes up it is facing the wall behind her. 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Conan: I Know What You Did Last Lobsterfest (2011) See more »

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One Hundred Days
Written by Oran Thorton and Trevor Thorton
Performed by Flick
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Well, the title's pretty good
20 August 2000 | by SpleenSee all my reviews

"I Know What You Did Last Summer" joins "The Spy Who Shagged Me" and "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover" as being yet another film that doesn't even come close to living up to its inspired title. All are bad enough to make me angry at the thought of a good title being squandered.

Kevin Williamson's script suggests nothing so much as a man trying, and failing, to capture the charm of the first couple of seasons of "Buffy, the Vampire Slayer" - this is more obviously a good description of "Scream", but "Scream", and this may surprise some people who've seen it, is better. -Or maybe he wasn't even trying. I'm not sure which is worse. I think Williamson WAS trying for a quality we might term "cred", by having his central characters bitch and squabble all the time. Friends in "Buffy", on the other hand, genuinely support one another. That's a large part of the show's charm. It's a charm that could only have helped Williamson's script, if only by making it more realistic: however much his central characters might have fought amongst themselves in the ordinary course of events, faced with a powerful EXTERNAL threat, they would surely have closed ranks.

Neither this nor "Scream" is particularly bad. The main trouble is that "I Know What You Did Last Summer", as well as wasting a good title, also wastes a good premise. Some teenagers feel guilty after their car accidentally knocks someone down; they hide the body and then they THINK they can just safely sneak back to their old lives ... the story could have gone in many good directions from here, and it's a pity all that occurred to Williamson was to head for regions slasher-horror so well travelled I'm surprised they don't sell souvenirs.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 October 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,818,645, 19 October 1997

Gross USA:

$72,586,134

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$125,586,134
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Dolby | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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