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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 ... MJ Monahan
Dermot Mulroney ... Ruben 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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Details

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)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,170,522, 29 October 1995

Gross USA:

$32,051,917

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$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

(at around 24 mins) The captain says to MJ that he had worked the Zodiac case. Dermot Mulroney (Ruben) played a captain in the movie Zodiac (2007). See more »

Goofs

(at around 7 mins) When the man licks the knife with his tongue, the back of the knife can clearly be seen going across his tongue, not the front of the knife. See more »

Quotes

Helen Hudson: The screams of the victim deaden his pain, the act of killing makes him intensely alive. What he feels next is not guilt, but disappointment. It was not as wonderful as he hoped. Maybe next time, it will be perfect. And as his determination builds to take another life, he plans an obsessive detail, what props he'll bring, what knots he'll tie. Let me ask you guys something, what turns you on? I mean, what really does it for you? Is it a great body? Is it a nice smile? Is it beautiful legs? But ...
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Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Spoofed in Family Guy: Blind Ambition (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

Largo Al Factotum
from "Il Barbiere Di Siviglia"
Written by Gioachino Rossini
Performed by Ettore Bastianini, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino Orchestra (as Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino), and Alberto Erede
Courtesy of The Decca Record Company Ltd., a division of PolyGram
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Silence of The Lambs meets Se7en - and does it well
29 December 1998 | by ScottyBSee all my reviews

From the opening scene, Sigourney Weaver (Helen Hudson) gives a stunning performance as a criminal psychologist going on to battle with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. Her character is excellently portrayed with all the mood swings, panic attacks and ups and downs of a person fighting depression. She is backed up with another excellent lead character courtesy of Holly Hunter (Detective M J Monahan) who proves that attractive young actresses really can play a serious part well if they have the talent - a talent Holly Hunter has no problems expressing.

The plot is well written and takes you on the roller-coaster race against time (well is IS a suspense movie after all) as the homicide department are desperately trying to catch a copycat serial killer before he emulates any more infamous murderers. Attention to detail is impressive in the producing of this movie and the lead actresses are backed up my and excellent supporting cast with Dermot Mulroney providing Hunter with the dashing detective sidekick Ruben Goetz. The viewer is drawn to start thinking along the same lines as the lead characters and twists in the plot ensure that you don't get it all right ahead of the storyline.

Highly recommended for a night in. Dim the lights and settle down for almost 2 hours of quality entertainment.


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