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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.

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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

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Not All Secrets Stay Buried. See more »

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Horror | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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(at around 6 mins) After the first Croaker County Beauty Pageant, the band playing at the beach party is the alternative/surf rock band Southern Culture on the Skids. See more »

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(at around 1h 30 mins) In the final battle, the fisherman is swinging the hook at Julie but hitting nothing but air. Yet the hook still makes the overused Hollywood "metal on metal" sound despite it not coming in contact with anything. See more »

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True, it's another teen slasher flick
13 November 2003 | by Smells_Like_CheeseSee all my reviews

In the late 90's, there had seemed to be a trend of the Dawson's Creek meets Halloween slasher flicks, some had big hits like Scream, and some kinda missed like Urban Legend, then right in between came I Know What You Did Last Summer based off the book of the same name and I do mean just based on the book because the book and the movie are two entirely different tales. The book was more of a moral story while this was just a plain slasher teen flick, but over all I would say that I Know What You Did Last Summer was a decent horror flick. It starred the biggest stars of it's time: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Freddie Prinze, Jr., Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Ryan Phillipe, and surprisingly they clicked pretty well, but I think that's because they just all have to play pretty white kids with problems, lol. But it's all good, this was a fun little horror flick.

Four high school friends have graduated and are celebrating the fourth of July. They all have big plans: Julie is planning to go to Harvard, Helen is going to New York to become an actress, Ray is staying in town to help with the business of fishing, and Barry has a wrestling scholarship. They all are just having a big party and while driving home they accidentally hit a man, killing him. Freaked out and scarred for what might happen since alcohol is involved, they dump the body in the river hoping that it'll go away. But a year later when the friends re-unite, they are receiving letters claiming that someone knows what they did. Barry is then hit by a car, Helen's hair is chopped off, and Julie gets bodies put into her car trunk; they all must face the fisherman who is after them with a big hook and it seems like he does not want these kids to live.

I Know What You Did Last Summer has typical Dawson's Creek drama, but it's all good, I mean it was written by Kevin Williamson who wrote the series. But the cast did click very well and as cliché'd as the movie was, it's still good for a scare. Sarah does have one of the best damsel in distress chase scenes ever, that was pretty intense I have to admit. I Know What You Did Last Summer is a fun flick I would recommend to watch at midnight in the dark, you're gonna get jumpy a few times.

7/10


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