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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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Jon Amiel
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sigourney Weaver ... Helen Hudson
Holly Hunter ... MJ Monahan
Dermot Mulroney ... Ruben Goetz
William McNamara ... Peter Foley
Harry Connick Jr. ... Daryll Lee Cullum
J.E. Freeman ... Lt. Quinn
Will Patton ... Nicoletti
John Rothman ... Andy
Shannon O'Hurley ... Susan Schiffer
Bob Greene ... Pachulski
Tony Haney Tony Haney ... Kerby
Danny Kovacs Danny Kovacs ... Kostas
Tahmus Rounds ... Landis
Scott DeVenney Scott DeVenney ... Cop #1 (as Scott De Venney)
David Michael Silverman 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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Copycat See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,170,522, 29 October 1995

Gross USA:

$32,051,917

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$32,051,917
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS (uncredited)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Sigourney Weaver and J.E. Freeman later appeared together in Alien Resurrection (1997). See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 40 mins) Dr. Hudson incorrectly states that three women died in the infamous January 15, 1978 Chi Omega slayings. Ted Bundy attacked four women at the sorority house; Lisa Levy and Margaret Bowman did not survive, but two, Kathy Kleiner and Karen Chandler did survive their injuries. He then attacked Cheryl Thomas eight blocks away, who survived the attack. See more »

Quotes

Daryll Lee Cullum: I'm death and life to you, doc... death and life.
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Alternate Versions

Italian video version tones down most of the violence; most notably, Darryl Lee Cullum is not shown slitting the policeman's throat in the prologue. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Slice and Dice: The Slasher Film Forever (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Sexy Ways
Written by Willie Hutch, Val Johns
Performed by The Four Tops
Courtesy of Motown Record Company, L.P., a division of PolyGram
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Good, rare 3-dimensional female roles
17 October 1999 | by stills-6See all my reviews

It's a nice and refreshing departure to see two strong female characters interacting in a thriller like this. Weaver and Hunter are both terrific in their respective roles. I have always liked the "annoying victim" device in movies, especially here, because it really brings out the inner workings behind each cop that works with her. Rarely do films like this give you such three-dimensional characters.

I also liked the outrageousness of the serial killer. Most serial killers want to be caught, they want to be put on display for their own brilliance and they want to meet the person who finally figured it out. Just like Connick's Darryl, who wants nothing more than to out-maneuver Weaver, the woman who out-maneuvered him, for the simple joy of ego gratification.

I didn't like, and was disappointed by, all of the dumb little computer tricks that the killer used to taunt Weaver and the police. It seemed like it was done just to introduce the element of electronic media so it appeared to be a "modern" story. I was also very put off and confused by the use of the Police song "Murder by Numbers" as a piece of evidence. Weaver attempts to psychoanalyze it as if the killer wrote the song. It's ludicrous even if the killer uses the song as an anthem. This was an extremely unwieldy section of the movie and does not make for good viewing, whether or not you're familiar with the song. But these are only small points in a good movie overall.


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