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


Jon Amiel
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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 ... Kerby
Danny Kovacs Danny Kovacs ... Kostas
Tahmus Rounds ... Landis
Scott DeVenney ... Cop #1 (as Scott De Venney)
David Michael Silverman David Michael Silverman ... Mike


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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Did You Know?


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


The glasses Peter Foley wears in the early super close shots are not only slightly different than in all later shots, they are outfitted with completely planar lenses. This may make for some interesting looking reflections, but also makes for useless glasses. This is a common mistake in films: fitting fake glasses with planar lenses instead of plano-convex ones, which look realistic but don't impede the actor. See more »


Helen Hudson: He really wants us to think what he's doing is art.
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Alternate Versions

Finnish video version is cut by 46 seconds. See more »


Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Dane Cook/James Blunt (2005) See more »


Largo Al Factotum
from "Il Barbiere Di Siviglia"
Written by Gioachino Rossini
Performed by Ettore Bastianini, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra (as Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino), and Alberto Erede
Courtesy of The Decca Record Company Ltd., a division of PolyGram
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Good psychological thriller...
9 February 2020 | by marco-47826See all my reviews

With the exact amount of female empowerment. You don't need much, no superwomen, nor big talkers. Just strong women faced with really dangerous situations. That just get into action. I love both leads. They are both so different and of the same, at the same time. They even lose their male compasses the same moment into the movie. Male characters are nicely written too, some might think they are a little too stereotypical, but they would be wrong. And they complement perfectly the female duo of the movie. Even the bad guys. Speaking of which, now that we have shows like Criminal Minds, the storytelling and the way their characterizations are handled lost its main appeal. But you still get into the investigation, thanks to the flawless acting, writing (I don't remember any plot holes, sorry) and dialogues, with a right mix of thriller, horror and even, comedy. The movie maybe a little old too, but I think it aged nicely. Even the technology and pop culture references don't look/sound so old and dated. all in all, a very good movie, with everything you need to be both entertained and intrigued. Not one to watch before bed, though...

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Release Date:

27 October 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Copycat See more »


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,170,522, 29 October 1995

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS (uncredited)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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