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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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Pachulski
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Kostas
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Landis
Scott DeVenney ...
Cop #1 (as Scott De Venney)
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.


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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)

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$32,051,917
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Trivia

Harry Connick Jr. was asked by Amiel to come up with a slang term for ladies' panties, which ended up as "squirrel covers," an expression he had heard his brother-in-law use. See more »

Goofs

Helen is incorrect as to how Ted Bundy carried out the Chi Omega attacks and murders. She says he had crutches and a cast on his arm and asked them for help. Ted did use this modus operandi for other attacks, but not this time. For the Chi Omega murders Ted entered the house through a back door which had a faulty lock. He attacked the 4 girls in less than 15 minute. Two died, two were seriously injured. He then went on to another location 8 blocks away where he attacked another girl in her basement apartment, she was seriously injured but did not die. See more »

Quotes

Reuben Goetz: [to Monahan upon entering the room with take-out food] Bean curd, smoked eel, sushi...
Reuben Goetz: [Noticing Nicoletti is there too] Oh, Nico! Uh, W-we got prawn tempura, sea-weed salad... you want to join us?
Nicoletti: [Sarastically] You kiss your mother after you eat that stuff?
Reuben Goetz: No, I can kiss you if you like.
Nicoletti: [Nastily] Go fuck yourself, Reuben.
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Connections

Referenced in Enough (2002) See more »

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Vissi D'Arte
Written by Giacomo Puccini
Performed by Mirella Freni
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Gripping; definitely _not_ a carbon copy.
21 February 2000 | by See all my reviews

Contrary to what several users have written, "Copycat" is _not_ "Silence of the Lambs 2". Nor is it a rip-off of "Se7en", or an exploitation flick, or any other negative labels that have been foisted upon it. Rather, it's a gripping, and largely intriguing thriller that succeeds thanks to performances by two confident female leads, competent direction, intelligent writing, and an appropriately foreboding score courtesy of Christopher Young, who's fast becoming one of my favorite film composers.

Sigourney Weaver hits the right notes as the agoraphobic psychiatrist, especially early on, as we see the depths to which she has shut herself off from the outside world, creating her own safe little corner. Holly Hunter, in a role that instantly brings to mind Jane Craig from "Broadcast News", is effective as the investigating detective. Hers is a performance that is three-dimensional and fully-realized.

If there's a weakness in the film, it's the ongoing beef between Ruben and Nico. It's a meritless p***ing contest stemming from one character's jealousy, and could've easily been dropped or retooled. This small gripe, however, didn't deter my enjoyment of the film.

Much credit has to be given to director Jon Amiel ("Sommersby", "Entrapment") for effectively capturing the atmosphere and tension prevalent throughout the film. In addition, writers Ann Biderman and David Madsen deserve credit for a intelligent, well-researched screenplay. No clichés here, just sharply-crafted dialogue. And Christopher Young's inspired score is brilliant; just listen to the theme that plays early on, as Helen calms down after a panic attack.

"Copyat" may not be classic material, but it's a strong entry in a genre that's too often consumed by formulas and gore. Highly recommended.


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