|Starring:||J.E. Freeman, Will Patton, Sigourney Weaver, William McNamara, John Rothman, Dermot Mulroney, Holly Hunter, Harry Connick Jr., Bob Greene, Bob G|
|Studio:||WARNER HOME VIDEO|
|Run time:||1 hour 58 minutes|
|Rental release:||29 Mar 1999|
|Subtitles:||Arabic, Dutch, English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish|
|Hearing impaired subtitles:||English, Italian|
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A gripping thrillerBy a customer from Leicester UK , 17 May 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]With Sigourney Weaver and a good supporting cast this well written thriller with a great surprise ending could not fail.
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Nasty, brutal and not shortBy gnlincoln (14 reviews) , 30 Nov 2013From the vantage point of almost 20 years since it was released, Jon Amiels Copycat, with its two high-powered female stars (Sigourney Weaver still high from the Alien franchise and Holly Hunter, fresh from her Best Actress Oscar for The Piano), superficially seems very modern. Both play clever, strong and independent women-indeed, neither displays any real sexual interest in anyone-and they resolve the business of the plot without male assistance and through their own wits. Copycat is also among the first thrillers in which computers and mobile phones are central to the films storyline. More fundamentally, however, it remains shockingly unpleasant and regressive, a particularly unpleasant example of the single white female in jeopardy genre. Weaver plays a forensic psychologist, house-bound since she was viciously assaulted by a killer against whom she had given evidence, and Hunter is the cop who enlists her help to catch a new serial killer who is imitating Great Killers of the Past. Weaver completely subverts her screen persona as the woman who takes no nonsense from extra-terrestrials, spending virtually the whole of this film trapped and terrified in her apartment, mostly in her bedclothes but, unlike in Alien, unable to exert any control over her situation. Hunter makes a tough and convincing cop but the killer remains a cardboard figure and the plot is full of holes (how did Weaver survive the first attack? Doesnt anyone in US jails monitor the outgoing mail of convicted murderers?) to enable a series of deeply unpleasant set pieces involving violence against women. In the end, the message of the film is depressing: men, unless gay, are generally not to be trusted and shooting to kill is the only language they understand.
Good average thrillerBy a customer , 20 Jul 2013Sigourney Weaver and Holly Hunter are the very good leads. A lot of the action is rather predictable but does not take away from the enjoyment and suspense too much. Have my doubts about the final scene in prison - don't the prison authorities monitor the actions of prisoners like this?
Above average thrillerBy MarkMarky1966 (8 reviews) from Birmingham , 17 Sep 2012Even though it is a bit contrived, and you know what is going to happen, what characters are not going to make it, who the killer is etc, i still really enjoyed it.
Good story with a strong cast.By gingerspike (432 reviews) from Grimsby , 28 Jan 2012A copycat killer chiller thriller. A very strong cast head this reasonably good story of a psychopath on the loose who copies the murders of infamous killers. There are elements of the film that let it down but overall this is a movie worth watching.
Brilliant Brilliant!!By Nedvadead (86 reviews) from Ballymoney , 09 Oct 2011Ive seen this film a hundred times, yet the originality of it still astounds me. It takes real events and makes them up to date, every detail. Sigourney weaver is excellent as Helen Hudson, and what a character Darryl Lee Cullum is. Great script, great acting, great movie.