Copycat
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Copycat

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Director: Jon Amiel

Cast: Jon Amiel, Sigourney Weaver, Holly Hunter, Dermot Mulroney

     
 

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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… See more details below

Overview

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.

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After the phenomenal success of 1991's Silence of the Lambs, serial killer movies aspired to avoid "typical" grisly killings, instead devising the cleverest murders possible. 1995's Seven had its arty killer referencing classical literature; that same year, in Copycat, the killer mimics the famous real-life murders of the Son of Sam, Jeffrey Dahmer, and Ted Bundy. The stylish, pretentious Seven was by far more successful at the box office, but in fact, Copycat is a more likable thriller. Though the script is often unfocused and implausible, it features a functional mystery, and director Jon Amiel (responsible for the divine British mini-series The Singing Detective) creates much tension by balancing character-building scenes with the action. There are very good performances all around: Sigourney Weaver, in a part similar her role in Death and the Maiden, is typically skillful; but it is Holly Hunter and the Frank Sinatra-esque Harry Connick Jr., playing a hillbilly killer, who stand out the most.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/03/2009
UPC:
0883929089048
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
2:03:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Feature-length audio commentary by director Jon Amiel; Production notes; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sigourney Weaver Helen Hudson
Holly Hunter M.J. Monahan
Dermot Mulroney Ruben Goetz
William McNamara Peter Foley
Will Patton Nicoletti
Harry Connick Daryll Lee Cullum
J.E. Freeman Quinn
John Rothman Andy
Tony Haney Kerby
Danny Kovacs Kostas
Terry Brown Cop 2
Rob Nilsson SWAT Commander
Charles Branklyn Doc
Bill Bonham Photographer
Jay Jacobus Judge
Ron Kaell Mac
Kelvin Han Yee Chinese Detective
James Cunningham Hal
Victor Talmadge Head Waiter
Stephanie Smith Disturbed Tenant 1
David Ferguson Dock On-Looker
Diane Amos Gigi
Christopher Beale Tech Guy
Robert Benscoter Disturbed Tenant
Gena Bingham Victim In Car At Gas Station
Edith Bryson Landlady
Russ Christoff Commissioner Petrillo
Jeni Chua Michelle
Richard Conti Harvey
Kelly De Martino Festival Girl
Scott W. de Venney Cop
Thomas J. Fieweger Bodger The Cop
Katherine Fitzhugh Disturbed Tenant
Arlon G. Greene Jogger
Bob Greene Pachulski
Vincenetta Gunn Screaming Woman
Corie Henninger Jogger
Floyd Gale Holland L. Bottemy
Bert Kinyon Burt
Rebecca Klingler Peter's Wife
Lee Kopp Haircut Man
Kenny Kwong Chinese Kid
Damon Lawner Festival Dude
Anthony Moore Uniformed Policeman
John Charles Morris Young Peter
Doug Morrison SWAT
Shannon O'Hurley Susan Schiffer
William Oates Man In Corridor
Keith Phillips Felix Mendoza
Hansford Prince Fred
Dennis Richmond KXBU Anchorman
Tahmus Rounds Landis
Brian Russell Coroner's Man
Nick Scoggin Conrad
Johnetta Shearer Paramedic
David Michael Silverman Mike
Eleva Singleton Paramedic
S.J. Spinali Disturbed Tenant
Kathleen Stefano Peter's Mother
Donald West Attorney
Stuart W. Yee Thug

Technical Credits
Jon Amiel Director
Kerry Barden Casting
Ann Biderman Screenwriter
Claudia Brown Costumes/Costume Designer
Joseph M. Caracciolo Co-producer
Matthew Carlisle Asst. Director
Jim Clark Editor
Jim Clay Production Designer
Catherine Davis Set Decoration/Design
Stephan Dupuis Makeup
John Fiedler Executive Producer
Hilbert Hakim Asst. Director
Alan Heim Editor
Billy Hopkins Casting
Laszlo Kovacs Cinematographer
David Madsen Screenwriter
Arnon Milchan Producer
Michael Nathanson Executive Producer
Chris Newman Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Oswald Asst. Director
Chuck Picerni Stunts
Tony Pierce-Roberts Cinematographer
Frank Pierson Screenwriter
Chris Seagers Art Director
Suzanne Smith Casting
R. Bruce Steinheimer Special Effects
Mark Tarlov Producer
Jeffrey Wetzel Asst. Director
Christopher Young Score Composer

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Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- Copycat / Standard Version
1. Identifying Killer [3:48]
2. Rest Room Menace [3:20]
3. 13 Months Later [3:13]
4. Take Down Suspects [2:15]
5. Victim in Making [1:11]
6. One Pushy Broad [5:26]
7. Just Beyond Reach [1:30]
8. Crack Caller [4:36]
9. Unwanted Visitors [6:13]
10. His Calling Card [2:01]
11. Wardrobe Change [2:39]
12. After Hours [1:54]
13. About Power [4:00]
14. Victim Preview [4:50]
15. Wrong Category [1:32]
16. Peter's Basements [2:51]
17. Hillside Corpse [2:17]
18. Getting Started [4:15]
19. Doing Son of Sam [2:14]
20. Stalked [6:20]
21. Frightful Truth [2:34]
22. Crystal Clear [2:15]
23. The Profile [3:10]
24. Bedroom Invasion [1:58]
25. Death and Life [5:13]
26. In Line of Duty [3:36]
27. The Wrong Result [2:50]
28. Close to Home [4:27]
29. Positive ID [3:21]
30. Fiery Dead End [2:01]
31. Accept Invitation [1:12]
32. Day Later / $ Short [3:09]
33. Everything Just So [4:56]
34. M. J. on the Scene [2:00]
35. Deadly Strike [1:28]
36. Fighting Back [1:23]
37. Out in the Open [1:09]
38. Hitting the Mark [1:54]
39. Glory / Vengeance / End Credits [7:38]
Disc #1, Side B -- Copycat / Widescreen Version
1. Identifying Killer [3:48]
2. Rest Room Menace [3:20]
3. 13 Months Later [3:13]
4. Take Down Suspects [2:15]
5. Victim in Making [1:11]
6. One Pushy Broad [5:26]
7. Just Beyond Reach [1:30]
8. Crack Caller [4:36]
9. Unwanted Visitors [6:13]
10. His Calling Card [2:01]
11. Wardrobe Change [2:39]
12. After Hours [1:54]
13. About Power [4:00]
14. Victim Preview [4:50]
15. Wrong Category [1:32]
16. Peter's Basements [2:51]
17. Hillside Corpse [2:17]
18. Getting Started [4:15]
19. Doing Son of Sam [2:14]
20. Stalked [6:20]
21. Frightful Truth [2:34]
22. Crystal Clear [2:15]
23. The Profile [3:10]
24. Bedroom Invasion [1:58]
25. Death and Life [5:13]
26. In Line of Duty [3:36]
27. The Wrong Result [2:50]
28. Close to Home [4:27]
29. Positive ID [3:21]
30. Fiery Dead End [2:01]
31. Accept Invitation [1:12]
32. Day Later / $ Short [3:09]
33. Everything Just So [4:56]
34. M. J. on the Scene [2:00]
35. Deadly Strike [1:28]
36. Fighting Back [1:23]
37. Out in the Open [1:09]
38. Hitting the Mark [1:54]
39. Glory / Vengeance / End Credits [7:38]

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