During the annual July 4th festivities in a North Carolina fishing town, Helen (Sarah Michelle Gellar) wins a local beauty contest and departs with her boyfriend Barry (Ryan Philippe) and pals Julie (Jennifer Love Hewitt) and Ray (Freddie Prinze Jr.). On their way back home, Ray hits a fisherman with her car. The teens panic, drop the body in the water, and abandon the scene. Many months later when Julie returns from college, she gets an anonymous note: "I know what you did last summer." The four teens suspect the note was written by their classmate Max (Johnny Galecki), but then Max is murdered -- and the terror begins. (In the original Lois Duncan novel, the teens hit a small boy on a bicycle instead of a fisherman.) The screenplay is by Kevin Williamson, whose credits include the 1996 box-office hit Scream.
- MPAA Rating: R
- Genre(s): Drama,Horror
- Run Time: 101min.
- Theatrical Release Date: 10/17/1997
- DVD Release Date: 06/17/1998
- Distributor(s): Sony
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Freddie Prinze, Jr.
- Themes: Mind Games,Serial Killers
- Tone: Creepy,Menacing,Paranoid,Tense
beauty-pageant, boyfriend, fisherman, guilt, hit-and-run, maniac, stalking
- Language: English