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Body Double (1984)

R  |   |  Crime, Mystery, Thriller  |  26 October 1984 (USA)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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Release Date:

26 October 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Doble de cuerpo  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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Second of three cinema movie collaborations [to date, August 2015] of actor Steven Bauer and director Brian De Palma. The films are Scarface (1983), Body Double (1984) and Raising Cain (1992). See more »


When Gloria is looking in the window at Bellini's, the woman walking past in the gray and black suit and hat appears to back up and start over from the same spot in each frame. See more »


Sam Bouchard: Don't be so melodramatic.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Pod People (1991) See more »


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Written by Pino Donaggio
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De Palma in his Hitchcock Phase
25 June 2002 | by (Arizona) – See all my reviews

Sort of a cross between "Rear Window" and "Vertigo" but instead of James Stewart we get Craig Wasson as a struggling actor mixed in with some sly jokes at the film studios, actors, and adult films. Visually very stylish with hypnotic score. Bizarre music video sequence is well done to the tune of "Relax" by Frankie Goes to Hollywood. If you can look past the plot holes, it's an entertaining over-the-top effort from De Palma.

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