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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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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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A seduction. A mystery. A murder. See more »

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26 October 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Doble de cuerpo  »

Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$8,801,940 (USA)
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Trivia

Michael Kearns, who is credited as "Male Porn Star," unbeknownst to Brian De Palma, actually starred in a gay porn film titled L.A. Tool & Die (1979). Despite his porn past, Kearns was still cast because it was felt he was the right actor for the part. See more »

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During the scene when Scully is chasing the Indian on the beach, the ship in the background suddenly jumps during the supposed same shot. See more »

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Male Porno Star: I'd buy THAT for a dollar!
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A great movie! Tremendously underrated and overlooked
17 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a terrific murder mystery / comedy / erotic thriller, and Brian De Palma's next flick after Scarface. Let yourself go along with it for a really fun ride. The style is tongue in cheek, masterful film-making including the usual ballet camera work and wonderfully interesting imaginative staging. It looks like everyone had a lot of fun making this overlooked gem! The star, a young Craig Wasson gives an Oscar caliber performance overlooked by all the critics. What gives with this? Scorsese never won an Oscar for best director either, so the fix must be in. He carries the entire movie and is in practically every scene. An unbelievably great performance! This actor never made it big to the big time, but if you want to see a terrific real actor providing a stunning display of his chops, you must check this flick. Truly one of the great murder mysteries of all time. A real find.


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