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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sigourney Weaver ... Helen Hudson
Holly Hunter ... M.J. Monahan
Dermot Mulroney ... Reuben 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 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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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$32,051,917
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Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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In the German dubbed version, the line "Heil Hitler" was replaced with "Yes boss". See more »

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According to Helen's database, the Son of Sam victim whose crime scene the killer used as model was named "Janis Fulkner" and she was killed on April 25, 1977. In real life, none of Berkowitz's victims had that name or were killed alone in a car, nor did he even kill on that date. See more »

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Helen Hudson: What am I... the lamb tied to the stake here?
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Finnish video version is cut by 46 seconds. See more »

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

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In Paradisum
Written by Gabriel Fauré
Performed by Corydon Singers and the English Chamber Orchestra with Matthew Best, Conductor
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Effective Thriller from the 90's
5 November 2015 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In San Francisco, the criminal psychologist Helen Hudson (Sigourney Weaver) is specialized in serial-killers. During a trial, the accused Daryll Lee Cullum (Harry Connick Jr.) kills a police officer and tries to kill her and she becomes agoraphobic. Now Helen lives a reclusive life with her gay friend Andy (John Rothman) that helps her. Sometime later, there is a wave of crimes and Detectives M.J. Monahan (Holly Hunter) and Reuben Goetz (Dermot Mulroney) 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 (William McNamara) contacts and stalks Helen and M.J. and Reuben give protection to her. Will they be capable to stop Foley before the next murder?

"Copycat" is an effective thriller from the 90's and certainly among the best ones. The performances of Sigourney Weaver and Holly Hunter are great and Holly Hunter is a great surprise as a detective in a thriller. There are many movies about serial-killers and the great difference in "Copycat" is two women in the lead roles. The identity of the killer is disclosed too soon and could be kept as a mystery; but anyway the character is not connected to Helen, Andy, M.J. or Reuben and it would not be possible to have a twist or a major surprise if the mystery was kept. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Copycat - A Vida Imita a Morte" ("Copycat – The Life Imitates The Death")


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