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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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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 1h) According to Helen's database, the Son of Sam victim whose crime scene the killer used as model was named "Janis Fulkner" and she was killed on April 25, 1977. In real life, none of David Berkowitz's victims had that name or were killed alone in a car, nor did he even kill on that date. See more »

Quotes

Helen Hudson: I'm not on duty; neither is my brain.
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Alternate Versions

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

Connections

Referenced in Saturday Night Live: Dane Cook/James Blunt (2005) See more »

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Fame ('90 Remix)
Written by Carlos Alomar, David Bowie and John Lennon
Performed by David Bowie
Courtesy of Rykodisc
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excellent thriller
27 August 2002 | by keys72See all my reviews

This is an overlooked, intelligent, frightening thriller. It poses a sick, shrewd serial killer against a brilliant psychologist/writer/professor (Weaver) and an attractive team of cops. Weaver delivers an outstanding performance as the brilliant agorophobic (sp.?) who has been emotionally devastated by a prior run-in with a serial killer. Offers a clif's notes review of the century's major serial killers, constant tension, crisp writing and outstanding performances. In short, it is a very good, very scary movie, and you should see it it you haven't yet.

Personally, I also think Weaver looks fabulous. Brains and beauty and character. Nice combination.


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