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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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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 Helen looks through her database, the name of the Hillside Strangler victim whose crime scene photos the killer used as model is listed as "Tanya Canseco". No Hillside Strangler victim had that name. See more »

Quotes

Helen Hudson: [laughing maniacally at Peter on the roof] Put up your dukes!
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Connections

Featured in The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997) See more »

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Written by Tony Romeo
Performed by The Partridge Family
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two sensational lead figures in a great energetic thriller
26 January 2007 | by See all my reviews

Holly Hunter (Toy Story) stars alongside Sigourney Weaver (Alien) in this excellent fast flowing mysterious thriller. With fantastic acting by the two central women, the film shines in capturing a fantastic energetic plot, conforming to issues of murder in the crime world. Always fast flowing with energetic chase scenes and snap shots of the potential murderer Copycat succeeds in maintaining an interesting mysterious storyline which is great at conforming and juxtaposing both to the crime and thriller genre. Weaver's acting is sensational and as this was the first film I saw her in, I am keen to watch other films she has appeared in. Holly Hunter maybe overshadowed throughout but is still able to maintain a dominant force within the police force as the lead detective. However I did have a few questions remaining at the end of the film, which is somewhat an anticlimax. Also novices will find the twisting storyline and heavy information regarding deaths, suspicions and lists of potential goings on and paste vents a little hard to follow and personally I felt some of it was a bit unrealistic and far-fetched.

Female representation.

I personally thought it was great seeing two women as the two central characters in this film. It reflected a change in society and more equality in the workplace. Having two very strong actresses in Hunter and Weaver allows the film to be carried through them and is remarkable twist and turn of events the two have to go through, letting us see their powerful sides but also their weak vulnerable sides.

Direction.

Worth mentioning as some scenes were simply breath taking, watch out for the ending to see what I mean.

i strongly recommend this film to anyone with a thirst for fast energetic plots and action.


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