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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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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)  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$32,051,917
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In the German dubbed version, the line "Heil Hitler" was replaced with "Yes boss". See more »

Goofs

In the bathroom crime scene there are two candles burning. M.J. asks the coroner for the time of death, which he claims to be eight hours ago. It is unlikely that the candles could have been burning for such a long time. See more »

Quotes

Helen Hudson: Fuck you.
Peter Foley: What?
Helen Hudson: You heard me, you little twerp. Do you think I'm afraid of you?
Peter Foley: I know you are.
Helen Hudson: I know all about you. You're just a sad, second rate, boring, impotent little copycat.
[laughter]
Peter Foley: Watch it, bitch, or I will slice that smile off your face, do you hear me?
Helen Hudson: Daryll Lee couldn't get it up either.
Peter Foley: DO YOU HEAR ME?
[Helen spits in Peter's face]
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Soundtracks

Largo Al Factotum
Written by Gioachino Rossini
Performed by Ettore Bastianini, Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino/Alberto Erede
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Stylish at times, but overall a predictable and dull thriller
26 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

This is a suspense thriller that is more dull and boring than actually entertaining and thrilling. Maybe it's because it's a bit outdated or something, but nothing about it really stood out or got me into scared mode or anything like that. While watching it, I was expecting at least some cool surprises or twist but nothing of that happened. Instead I was left with a cliché thriller about a copycat killer that copies the methods of other past serial killers. None of the characters are even remotely interesting, even the serial killer in this. During the whole time I was checking the time to see when this movie is going to end, cause it seemed a lot longer than it's running time. It did have it's moments though and some aspects of it was crafted pretty well. Besides that it's a predictable thriller with nothing spectacular.

4.8/10


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