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Copycat (1995)

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An agoraphobic psychologist and a female detective must work together to take down a serial killer who copies serial killers from the past.

Director:

Jon Amiel
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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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 ... 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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Trivia

James Newton Howard was approached to score the film, but turned it down to work on Waterworld (1995) instead. Christopher Young replaced him, and director Jon Amiel was so happy with the result, he renewed his collaboration with Young on several other films. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 19 mins) Dr. Hudson incorrectly says that Peter Kürten was a serial killer in the 1930s. Kürten committed his first known murder in 1913 and the rest in 1929. While Kürten did attack several people in 1930, they all survived. He was arrested in May 1930 and executed in July 1931. See more »

Quotes

[Discussing the Boston Strangler victim]
Nicoletti: So... you followed the girl home. Then what?
Harvey: I killed her.
Nicoletti: Where did you do that?
Harvey: It was in the bathtub.
Nicoletti: Why did you do that?
Harvey: She was dirty. She was a very dirty girl, very dirty.
Nicoletti: So do you remember... how many times you stabbed her?
Harvey: [Thinks for a moment] Eighty-seven.
Nicoletti: [pause] Harvey...
[...]
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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 »


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Techno Boy
Written by Silkski (as Jerome Evans)
Performed by Silkski
Courtesy of Windswept Pacific Entertainment, Co.
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One of the best serial killer movies
24 May 2005 | by MovieAddict2016See all my reviews

The serial killer genre is one that became popular after "Silence of the Lambs," and since then the only ones that have really stuck out are "Se7en," "Copycat" and "Saw." "Copycat" is about a psychologist who lectures students on serial killers, and one day finds herself to be a victim at one of her speeches. Attacked in the bathroom, she narrowly escapes death and becomes a social recluse in the years that follow -- living through the Internet, anonymously chatting on Internet chat rooms and so on and so forth.

Until the terror begins again, this time involving not only the ex-pschologist (Sigourney Weaver) but also a cop played by Holly Hunter.

"Copycat" was much better than I thought it would be. I originally saw it on TBS years ago; I remember the ads claiming it would be on, but for some reason the rights fell through and it didn't air for another month or so... through this time period I hadn't heard anything about the film, but within the very first few minutes I instantly knew it was going to be much better than the standard "Silence" rip-off.

I may be alone here (and trust me, I know it) but I enjoy this more than "Silence of the Lambs," which kind of bores me at times. "Copycat" is dark and unexpectedly intelligent -- it is also perfectly cast. Weaver is fine (if unexceptional) whereas Hunter's macho-female traits are put into play perfectly by her casting as a cop.

The killer in the movie is played by Harry Connick Jr., and even he does a good job, which is saying quite a lot.

The movie has unexpected twists and is very clever in its own right. It is undoubtedly influenced (heavily) by "Silence of the Lambs" but is successful in the way it adds its own qualities to the mix -- much like "Se7en" this is a serial killer movie cashing in on the success of "Silence," but not necessarily stealing its content.

Very surprised. Catch it if you can.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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