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Body Double (1984)

A young actor's obsession with spying on a beautiful woman who lives nearby leads to a baffling series of events with drastic consequences.

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Corso the Director
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Jake Scully comes home to find his girlfriend with another man and has to find a new place. In between his acting workshops and his job in a vampire B-movie, he scans the paper looking for anything. He happens to meet Sam Bouchard, a fellow actor who needs a house sitter. Both are pleased with the arrangement that will have Jake staying in the house and for a sweetener, Sam shows him his favorite neighbor, a well-built woman who strips with her window open each night. Jake becomes obsessed with meeting her and is able to help recover her purse from a thief, but shows his own phobia, he is incapacitated by claustrophobia when the thief runs through a tunnel. When Jake witnesses a murder, he finds out that the police love to pin crimes on peeping Toms. Jake discovers that here are just too many coincidences but must hunt them down himself without the police. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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26 October 1984 (USA)  »

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Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,837,978 (USA) (28 October 1984)

Gross:

$8,801,940 (USA)
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The name of the low-budget horror film that Scully was appearing in was "Vampire's Kiss". In real life, a film with that title, Vampire's Kiss (1988) starring Nicolas Cage, was made and released about four years after Body Double (1984). See more »

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When Jake discovers Carol cheating on him, her lover's left hand is on her right breast. When the camera switches to a close-up, his right hand is on her left breast. See more »

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Jake Scully: I like to watch.
Corso the Director: Makes you hot, doesn't it?
Jake Scully: Yeah!
Corso the Director: Makes me hot too, real hot. Come on over here and I'll show you how hot. Okay, take off your clothes, I wanna take some pictures.
Jake Scully: Okay. What is it that we're watching?
Corso the Director: I don't know. What are you, some kind of method actor?
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A Classic by Director Brian De Palma
7 January 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I can't believe that critics panned this movie when it came out. I have to give director Brian De Palma for his eyes for beauty, and crisp cinematography.

Jake (Craig Wilson) is s struggling actor with claustrophobia. One day he gets invited to house sit a house that belongs to a guy named Sam (Gregg Henry) who he met while looking for a place to live. Across the street on his Hollywood hills home, is a woman who dances away each night in a skimpy attire. Not knowing that he's being set up to be a witness, he watches her with a telescope each night.

Holly (Malany Griffith) supposedly is Gloria (Deborah Shelton)'s body double in this movie, but what's not clear is where was Gloria when Holly was dancing away in her room each night. Ex miss USA Deborah Shelton looks gorgeous in this movie.

Body double's idea might have originated from the movie "Flash Dance" where the word became famous due to Jennifer Beals using a body double to do the dancing scenes.

Beautifully shot around some of the most luscious places in Southern California, the movie is a eye candy to watch. If the plot was better fleshed out it would have been even better.

One of the Hollywood classic that deserves a watch by all cult classic fans.


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