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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Helen Hudson
... M.J. Monahan
... Reuben Goetz
... Peter Foley
... Daryll Lee Cullum
... Lt. Quinn
... Nicoletti
... Andy
... Susan Schiffer
Bob Greene ... Pachulski
Tony Haney ... Kerby
Danny Kovacs ... Kostas
... 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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The captain says to MJ that he had worked the Zodiac case. Dermot Mulroney (Reuben) played a captain in the movie Zodiac. See more »

Goofs

When inspectors Goetz and Monohan are at the crime scene of the David Berkowitz copycat crime, Helen tells them to go look for a note and inspector Goetz confirms to her that they found it, and that it says "Police, let me haunt you with these words. I'll be back". They then go to her apartment, and there she is totally unaware that there was a note. She says: "What? there was a note, wasn't there? I was right!". Yet they had already told her there was. See more »

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Peter Foley: Did you know, Helen, that more books have been written about Jack the Ripper than Abraham Lincoln? It's a sick world, isn't it, Helen?
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Somebody to Love
Written by Darby Slick
Performed by The Great Society
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Well Thought out Serial Killer Movie
29 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

A serial killer is claiming victims in the style of other killers from the recent past, homicide detective (Holly Hunter) needs the help of a noted criminal psychologist (Sigourney Weaver) if she is going to catch this killer. The trouble is she is an agoraphobic recluse haunted by her memories.

The characters build nicely as the story moves along at a steady pace, Weaver and Hunter both capture their characters very well and they are supported convincingly by Dermot Mulroney, William McNamara, Harry Connick Jnr. and Will Patton.

Copycat is full of suspense and intrigue, and it is a really solid film in every respect; it doesn't have the style or the punch of films like Seven and Silence of the Lambs, but it is definitely well worth watching.

7/10


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