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Copycat (1995)

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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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Criminal profiler and psychologist Dr Helen Hudson becomes entangled in the deadly mind game of a vicious copycat serial killer Peter Foley. Due to the horrific attack Helen suffered in her past as an agoraphobic she is confined to her apartment. The killer uses this against her in his murderous attempts to become a famous serial killer. Detectives M. J Monahan and Reuben Goetz they have the challenge of trying to capture the killer before he kills again and uses his chance to commit another atrocious murder. Written by Clare Brace <>

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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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Release Date:

27 October 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El imitador  »

Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)


£2,023,443 (UK) (17 May 1996)

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2.35 : 1
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Holly Hunter hung about with several homicide detectives in downtown L.A. to help her get into her character. See more »


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M.J. Monahan: Oh great, the mouth is here.
Reuben Goetz: Well, you can end her career, just pop her in the brachial nerve and she's gotta drop the microphone.
M.J. Monahan: That's a thought.
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Referenced in Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film Forever (2012) See more »


Murder by Numbers
Words by Sting
Music by Andy Summers
Performed by The Police
Courtesy of A&M Reco
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Serial Killing as Art?
18 February 2002 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

Definitely a film that will have you on the edge of your seat, if not hugging it as closely as possible. Copycat tells the story of a serial killer psychologist(wonderfully played by Sigourney Weaver), slowly working her way from phobias due to an attack from a serial killer, working with the law(serviceably played by a cute Holly Hunter) in search of a serial killer that kills in the previous styles of former serial killers. The murderer uses old photos and the books of Weaver to recapture the "essence" of each brutal killing. Murders are done ala Albert DeSalvo, Son of Sam, Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, and others. The film is very fascinating and yet very twisted too. The killer is played with such conviction by William McNamara. Another killer in prison(the one that attacked Weaver) is played with unusual repulsivenes by Harry Connick Jr. The real star here is the script which has unusual intelligence for such subject matter. There is a good deal of violence, yet a subtle humour pervades much of the discussion between the cops and even Weaver and Hunter in a few scenes. But the thrill aspect of the film...the raw suspense...steers the picture from beginning to end. Hunter and Weaver(particularly) do incredible jobs in their roles, and I was impressed with the film as a whole.

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