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Copycat (1995)

An agoraphobic psychologist and a female detective must work together to take down a serial killer who copies serial killers from the past.

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Susan Schiffer
Bob Greene ...
Pachulski
Tony Haney ...
Kerby
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Kostas
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Landis
Scott DeVenney ...
Cop #1 (as Scott De Venney)
David Michael Silverman ...
Mike
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Storyline

In San Francisco, the criminal psychologist Helen Hudson is specialized in serial-killers. During a trial, the accused Daryll Lee Cullum kills a police officer and tries to kill her and she becomes agoraphobic. Now Helen lives a reclusive life with her gay friend Andy that helps her. Sometime later, there is a wave of crimes and Detectives M.J. Monahan and Reuben Goetz are investigating the murder cases. Helen identifies that the murderer is copycatting notorious serial-killers and she anonymously contacts the Police Department. After fourteen phone calls, she is identified by the police. Detectives M.J. and Reuben visit her and Helen teams up with them and prepares the profile of the killer that wants to be famous. But soon the copycat killer Peter Foley contacts and stalks Helen and M.J. and Reuben give protection to her. Will they be capable to stop Foley before the next murder? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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One man is copying the most notorious killers in history one at a time. Together, two women must stop him from killing again. Or they're next.


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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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27 October 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$32,051,917
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

To research her role, Sigourney Weaver consulted with leading forensic psychiatrist Park Dietz, who had interviewed serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. See more »

Goofs

Helen is incorrect as to how Ted Bundy carried out the Chi Omega attacks and murders. She says he had crutches and a cast on his arm and asked them for help. Ted did use this modus operandi for other attacks, but not this time. For the Chi Omega murders Ted entered the house through a back door which had a faulty lock. He attacked the 4 girls in less than 15 minute. Two died, two were seriously injured. He then went on to another location 8 blocks away where he attacked another girl in her basement apartment, she was seriously injured but did not die. See more »

Quotes

M.J. Monahan: [putting on bulletproof vest] Kind of defeats the purpose of my miracle bra, but who's looking?
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Referenced in Enough (2002) See more »

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Fame ('90 Remix)
Written by Carlos Alomar, David Bowie and John Lennon
Performed by David Bowie
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Amazing
13 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

This is the BEST thriller ever made. I know, everyone will crucify me for saying this, but I was bored by much of "Se7en." I think that "Copycat" is far superior. As for "Silence of the Lambs," comparisons - yes they are similar (with one convicted killer aiding people in catching another killer at large), and "Lambs," is naturally amazing (it deserved its Oscar), though it is not as scary as "Copycat." For some reason, "Copycat" struck the right chord with me. The small details of the killings are so clever and creepy, and they add to the atmosphere wonderfully. Sigourney Weaver is in one of the greatest roles of her career (though she is always fantastic), as is the remarkable Holly Hunter (who also provides some humor). Dermot Mulroney, William McNamara and Harry Connick Jr. round out the fine cast. However, in addition to the powerful female leads, it is the story that drives this movie. I was so hooked by it, and every twist had me on the edge of my seat. It is both terrifying AND well-made. And the score! I can't even begin to say how beautiful and haunting the music is. This is one movie I am very happy to own.


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