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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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Jon Amiel
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Cast

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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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.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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:

El imitador See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$32,051,917
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS (uncredited)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Harry Connick Jr. spent weeks watching documentaries on serial killers in preparation for his role. See more »

Goofs

The first time that we are aware that someone is in Helen Hudson's apartment, the camera is visible for a brief second outside of her room. See more »

Quotes

Peter Foley: [on the roof near the climax as Helen is trying to escape] Hey, Helen, it looks like I cured your agoraphobia!
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Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Featured in Shooting the Police: Cops on Film (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Largo Al Factotum
Written by Gioachino Rossini
Performed by Ettore Bastianini, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra (as Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino), and Alberto Erede
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Well Thought out Serial Killer Movie
29 December 2006 | by mjw2305See 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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