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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 ... 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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Trivia

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

Goofs

Holly Hunter's character M.J.Monahan incorrectly pronounces the address of the first murder victim's home address in Potrero Hill as "Miraposa". It is actually "Mariposa". This means "Butterfly" in Castellano Spanish. See more »

Quotes

Daryll Lee Cullum: Dear Conrad: Thank you for your letter. Praise the Lord. I know you must be so happy that He chose to spare Dr. Hudson. The Big Guy moves in mysterious ways, don't He? It just so happens I'm awaiting the arrival of a pair of genuine Helen Hudson undies... signed personal to me. A real collector's item, I'm sure you know. They're yours. But don't forget, a disciple must be strong... if he is to succeed where others fail. Peter strayed from the path and the Lord smote him good. So keep it simple....
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Alternate Versions

Italian video version tones down most of the violence; most notably, Darryl Lee Cullum is not shown slitting the policeman's throat in the prologue. See more »


Soundtracks

Sexy Ways
Written by Willie Hutch, Val Johns
Performed by The Four Tops
Courtesy of Motown Record Company, L.P., a division of PolyGram
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Wow, people are really overrating this one.
9 February 2014 | by SP-10See all my reviews

This is not even close to Silence of the Lambs. In fact, it has so many plot holes and logical inconsistencies that 6 - 6.5 rating is generous. Acting was good but character development was sparse. We get no background on why this kid kills. He just does. And, the all-knowing psychologist who surmises that he has technical lab job, can't figure out that he has access to sperm samples and get police over to IVF labs? Really? The most unbelievable part of Copycat is that the Dr. gets attacked multiple times in her apt yet police put a single,bumbling officer outside her door time and time again. The movie has some suspense but it is not even close to top thrillers of all-time. Too highly rated on Amazon and by many here..


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