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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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)  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

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$32,051,917 (USA)
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Trivia

The climactic bathroom scene took 8 days to film. See more »

Goofs

When Monahan comes into Helen's apartment with her gun drawn, she sees herself 'live' on the TV screen, while the camcorder is pointed toward her. The Post-It note reads "Press Play". When a camcorder is in "camera mode", pressing Play will do nothing. In order to play a recorded tape, you must first switch the camcorder to the video playback setting. See more »

Quotes

M.J. Monahan: [to Helen] Are you on medication... because I need your whole brain on duty?
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Largo Al Factotum
Written by Gioachino Rossini
Performed by Ettore Bastianini, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino/Alberto Erede
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Amazing
13 April 2000 | by (New York, NY) – 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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