Copycat

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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,...
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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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Editorial Reviews

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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/26/1997
  • UPC: 085391416838
  • Original Release: 1995
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Format: VHS

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

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An A+ Crime Thriller!

    This movie was fantastic. It was suspenseful. The cast was brilliant I thought Sigourney Weaver did a great job playing a retired, agoraphobic criminal psychologist. It was the first movie I've seen with Holly Hunter, and I was very impressed at what a great job she did. Harry Connick Jr was really creepy as a crazy killer, Darryl Lee Cullum. I loved it. Due to language and graphic content, which isn't too bad, I wouldn't recommend anyone under 12 watching this movie.

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