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Copycat (1995)



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Dr. Helen Hudson (Sigourney Weaver), a psychiatrist famous for her writings about serial murderers, is nearly killed by obsessed psychopath Daryll Lee Cullum (Harry Connick Jr.). As a result of this trauma, Helen becomes a drunken, pill-taking agoraphobic who can't leave her San Francisco apartment. After a series of bizarre murders, she calls the police suggesting that the murders were the work of a serial killer. Detective M.J. Monahan (Holly Hunter) and her assistant Ruben (Dermot Mulroney) believe Helen and discover, during the investigation, that the man is re-creating murders by the killers described in Helen's book: The Boston Strangler, Ted Bundy, Son of Sam and the Hillside Strangler. After Helen's secretary, Andy (John Rothmen) is murdered, Helen begins to fear for her own life. The film has a dramatic, terrifying conclusion as Helen confronts the killer and must overcome her own fears to save herself.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: David Madsen, Frank Pierson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 28, 1998
Warner Home Video


Sigourney Weaver
as Helen Hudson
Holly Hunter
as M.J. Monahan
Dermot Mulroney
as Ruben Goetz
William McNamara
as Peter Foley
Will Patton
as Nicoletti
Harry Connick Jr.
as Daryll Lee Cullum
Shannon O'Hurley
as Susan Schiffer
Bob Greene
as Pachulski
Scott DeVenney
as Cop No. 1
Dennis Richmond
as KXBU Anchorman
Rob Nilsson
as SWAT Commander
Kenny Kwong
as Chinese Kid
Kelly De Martino
as Festival Girl
Bill Bonham
as Photographer
Kathleen Stefano
as Peter's Mother
Chris Beale
as Tech Guy 1
Don West
as Attorney
Keith Phillips
as Felix Mendoza
Kelvin Han Yee
as Chinese Detective
Victor Talmadge
as Head Waiter
Brian Keith Russell
as Coroner's Man
Damon Lawner
as Festival Dude
Russ Christoff
as Commissioner Petrill...
Edith Bryson
as Landlady
Jeni Chua
as Michelle
William Oates
as Man In Corridor
Lee Kopp
as Haircut Man
Thomas J. Fieweger
as Bodger The Cop
Anthony Moore
as Uniformed Policeman
Stephanie Ann Smith
as Disturbed Tenant 1
Brian Russell
as Coroner's Man
S.J. Spinali
as Disturbed Tenant 2
Katherine Fitzhugh
as Disturbed Tenant 3
Robert Benscoter
as Disturbed Tenant 4
Arlon G. Greene
as Male Jogger
Vincenetta Gunn
as Screaming Woman
Donald West
as Attorney
David Ferguson
as Dock On-Looker
Eleva Singleton
as Paramedic
Gena Bingham
as Victim In Car At Gas...
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Critic Reviews for Copycat

All Critics (50) | Top Critics (12)

Copycat, despite two tough-babe leads to kill for, flies in more directions than scattered kitty litter.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

[Gives] Weaver equal billing with everyone's favorite Southern spitfire, Holly Hunter. Teaming up these heavyweights is the genius notion of Copycat, a solid serial-killer thriller elevated by phenomenal acting. [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | September 23, 2011
Groucho Reviews

It's not the kind of title that anyone would seek out, but it's a fine movie if you're just going to be watching a little TV.

Full Review… | August 19, 2011
Combustible Celluloid

A striking, consistently engaging thriller...

Full Review… | August 8, 2011
Reel Film Reviews

There are so many numbskull moves by almost every character, it becomes more of an exercise in frustration than an enjoyable viewing experience.

Full Review… | August 5, 2011
Movie Metropolis

Great cast but too nasty-tempered to elevate it from its sordid serial killer roots.

July 29, 2007
Echo Magazine

Audience Reviews for Copycat

Standard serial killer thriller with the hook of the killer especially targeting the academic whose specialty is serial killers. The leads, Weaver and Hunter, lift this into watchable territory. There will be echoes of Silence Of The Lambs, but at least this is a better than average knockoff.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

Gripping serial killer thriller that was overshadowed by the release of Se7en a month earlier. Weaver is an agoraphobic psychologist that specialises in serial killers. Holly Hunter is a detective with three similar and unsolved murders on her hands. It soon becomes apparent that these murders are copycat killings. The film is a bit disjointed in its who-done-it first act, before just revealing the killer to the audience. The does eventually work out in the film's favor as it becomes more of a character piece. Patton is wonderful as a jealous ex-lover of Hunter, one that spars verbally with Mulroney, but soon becomes a tragic and sympathetic character. Connick Jr. does well in a batshit bonkers role. The acting and characters carry the movie, even if the material becomes stretched. It's predictable and surprising in equal measure, but contains wonderful moments, such as an unrelated shooting, which intrude on the main plot, but flesh out the characters. Didn't bore me once.

Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

An ok thriller.

Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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