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Director:
Writers:
Robert J. Avrech (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
26 October 1984 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A seduction. A mystery. A murder. See more »
Plot:
A young actor's obsession with spying on a beautiful woman who lives nearby leads to a baffling series of events with drastic consequences. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Brilliant See more (164 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Craig Wasson ... Jake Scully

Melanie Griffith ... Holly Body

Gregg Henry ... Sam Bouchard

Deborah Shelton ... Gloria Revelle

Guy Boyd ... Det. Jim McLean

Dennis Franz ... Rubin the Director
David Haskell ... Will the Drama Teacher
Rebecca Stanley ... Kimberly Hess
Al Israel ... Corso the Director
Douglas Warhit ... Video Salesman
B.J. Jones ... Douglas
Russ Marin ... Frank

Lane Davies ... Billy

Barbara Crampton ... Carol

Larry Flash Jenkins ... Assistant Director (as Larry 'Flash' Jenkins)
Monte Landis ... Sid Goldberg
Linda Shaw ... Linda Shaw
Ty Randolph ... Vampire Movie Body Double (as Mindi Miller)
Denise Loveday ... Vampire Movie Actress
Gela Nash ... Corso's Secretary (as Gela Jacobson)
Ray Hassett ... Police Officer
Rick Gunderson ... Police Officer

Jerry Brutsche ... Police Officer
Michael Kearns ... Male Porno Star

Rob Paulsen ... Cameraman

Jeremy Lawrence ... Theater Director
Rod Loomis ... TV Director
Gary F. Griffith ... Auditioning Actor
Michael White ... Security Guard at Gloria's House
Emmett Brown ... Studio Guard
H. David Fletcher ... Security Guard at Bellini's
Marcia del Mar ... Production Assistant (as Marcia Del Mar)
Phil Redrow ... Naked Man
Slavitza Jovan ... Saleslady
Jack Mayhall ... Jake's Replacement
Lindsay Freeman ... Girl #1 in Bathroom (as Alexandra Day)
Cara Lott ... Girl #2 in Bathroom (as Pamela Weston)
Brinke Stevens ... Girl #3 in Bathroom
Melissa Christian ... Girl #4 in Bathroom

Patty Lotz ... Girl #1 in 'Holly Does Hollywood'
Barbara Peckinpaugh ... Girl #2 in 'Holly Does Hollywood'
David Ursin ... Man #1 in 'Holly Does Hollywood'

Casey Sander ... Man #2 in 'Holly Does Hollywood'
Wes Edwards ... Man #3 in 'Holly Does Hollywood'
Chuck Waters ... Jogger
Paul A. Calabria ... Man with Dog (as Paul Calabria)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Holly Johnson ... Singing Nightclub Doorman (as Frankie Goes to Hollywood)

Steven Bauer ... Assistant Director in 'Holly Does Hollywood' (uncredited)

Janette Caldwell ... (uncredited)

Darcy DeMoss ... Barefoot Dancer in Nightclub (uncredited)
Annette Haven ... (uncredited)
Paul Rutherford ... Himself (uncredited)
Doug Vought ... Valet Parker (uncredited)
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Directed by
Brian De Palma 
 
Writing credits
Robert J. Avrech (screenplay) and
Brian De Palma (screenplay)

Brian De Palma (story)

Produced by
Brian De Palma .... producer
Howard Gottfried .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Pino Donaggio 
 
Cinematography by
Stephen H. Burum 
 
Film Editing by
Gerald B. Greenberg  (as Jerry Greenberg)
Bill Pankow 
 
Casting by
Janet Hirshenson 
Jane Jenkins 
 
Production Design by
Ida Random 
 
Art Direction by
William A. Elliott (uncredited)
 
Set Decoration by
Cloudia Rebar  (as Cloudia)
 
Costume Design by
Gloria Gresham 
 
Makeup Department
Thomas R. Burman .... special makeup effects artist (as Tom Burman)
 
Production Management
Raymond Hartwick .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joe Napolitano .... first assistant director
Robert Yannetti .... second assistant director (as Bob Yannetti)
 
Art Department
David Aaron .... assistant property master
Daril Alder .... lead man (as Daryl Adler)
Chas. Butcher .... set designer
Bill Elliott .... set designer
Ed Freeman .... paint foreman
Scott Goodale .... carpenter foreman
Horst Grandt .... property master
Kirk D. Hansen .... stand-by painter (as Kirk Hansen)
Clarence Lynn Price .... construction coordinator (as Lynn Price)
Michael Seeman .... cableman
Oscar Delgadillo .... swing gang (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Rick Alexander .... sound effects mixer (as Dick Alexander)
John H. Arrufat .... sound editor (as J.H. Arrufat)
Destiny Borden .... assistant sound editor
John Dunn .... sound editor (as John C.C. Dunn)
Stephen Hunter Flick .... supervising sound editor (as Stephen Flick)
Les Fresholtz .... sound re-recording mixer
Doug Hemphill .... sound effects recordist (as D.M. Hemphill)
John Hoeren .... assistant sound editor
Vern Poore .... sound re-recording mixer
Stephen Purvis .... adr editor (as Steve Purvis)
John Roesch .... foley artist
Joan Rowe .... foley artist
T.E. Sadler .... foley recordist
James M. Tanenbaum .... sound mixer (as James Tanenbaum)
Rimas Tumasonis .... boom operator
David A. Whittaker .... sound editor (as David Whittaker)
Linda Whittlesey .... sound editor
Avram D. Gold .... adr editor (uncredited)
Christy Richmond .... apprentice sound editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Michael Douglas Middleton .... visual effects still photographer: large format (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Jerry Brutsche .... stunt coordinator
Ted Grossman .... stunts
Nanci Rogers .... stunts
Dick Warlock .... stunts (as Richard Warlock)
Jerry Wills .... stunts
Mike Washlake .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dustin Blauvelt .... first assistant camera (as Dusty Blauvelt)
Emmett Brown .... key grip
John Englert .... grip
Robert E. Gaynor .... dolly grip (as Bob Gaynor)
Tim Griffith .... gaffer
Bob Ivener .... best boy grip (as Bob Ivenor)
Ralph Nelson .... still photographer
Peter Portizo .... best boy electric (as Pete Portizo)
Michael G. Riba .... second assistant camera (as Michael Riba)
Douglas Ryan .... camera operator (as Doug Ryan)
Joel Stout .... rigging gaffer
Adam Glick .... set lighting technician (uncredited)
Daniel Pearl .... additional photographer (uncredited)
Michael J. Schwartz .... electrician (uncredited)
Dennis Young .... lighting technician (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Michael Hirshenson .... casting associate
Elisabeth Leustig .... casting associate (as Elizabeth Leustig)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Francine Jamison-Tanchuck .... wardrobe supervisor: women (as Francine Jamison)
James W. Tyson .... wardrobe supervisor: men (as Jim Tyson)
 
Editorial Department
Tara Timpone .... apprentice editor
Bruce Pearson .... color timer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Natale Massara .... conductor
Richard Stone .... supervising music editor
 
Transportation Department
Dan Anglin .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Tani Cohen .... assistant: Mr. De Palma
Brian De Palma .... presenter
Jimsie Eason .... production associate
Wilma Garscadden-Gahret .... script supervisor
Rob Harris .... unit publicist
Lisa Rose Horwitch .... production assistant (as Lisa Horwitch)
Kelliann Ladd .... production assistant
Shari Leibowitz .... production coordinator
Margaret Mitchell .... production auditor
Frank Pierson .... location manager (as Frank W. Pierson)
Bill Rosenfield .... production assistant (as William Rosenfield)
Eric Schwab .... location manager
Camilla Turnbull .... assistant: Mr. De Palma
Annette Haven .... technical adviser: Melanie Griffith (uncredited)
Greg Knapp .... set medic (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
114 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:R | Australia:MA (TV rating) | Brazil:14 | Canada:R (Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) (original rating) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) (re-rating) (2003) | Finland:K-16 (uncut) (2000) (DVD) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1988) (VHS) | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (1985) (theatrical) | France:-12 | Iceland:16 | Italy:VM18 | Italy:VM14 (re-rating) | Netherlands:16 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:15 (cut) | Norway:16 (1985) | Portugal:M/18 | Singapore:R(A) (cut) | Singapore:R21 (re-rating) (cut) | South Korea:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:18

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The set for the Frankie Goes to Hollywood sequence in "Body Double" was also used the following year for the nightclub scene in "Fright Night". Both films were released by Columbia Pictures.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the dressing room, the saleswoman pulls a curtain partly closed. In the next shot, the curtains are in their original position until Gloria Revell herself closes them further.See more »
Quotes:
Male Porno Star:I'm not just a stunt cock, I'm an ACTOR!See more »
Movie Connections:
References Foul Play (1978)See more »
Soundtrack:
Main ThemeSee more »

FAQ

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75 out of 111 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant, 21 October 2004
Author: Jason Forestein (jay4stein79@yahoo.com) from somerville, ma

I was introduced to Brian De Palma at the rather tender age of 7, when I watched The Untouchables with my parents. My friend Nicky and I enjoyed it immensely and found the rousing tale of Elliot Ness et al. an absolutely brilliant cop v. robber/adventure movie. Until Tim Burton released Batman in 1989, Untouchables was our game of choice and we would re-enact the entire movie in my back yard after school.

But I'm supposed to be talking about Body Double... To make a long story short, since I was 7, I didn't know who Brian De Palma was, nor did I really care, so I went about my cinephillic youth without completely immersing myself in his oeuvre. I caught bits and pieces of it, encountering Scarface as a fourteen-year-old and finding it laughable, watching Sisters with (how apropos) my sister before I went off to college and finding it intriguing, and finally seeing Femme Fatale when it was released a couple years ago and thinking it amazing.

So, as you can see, I grew into De Palma and, since watching Femme Fatale, I've gone back and watched many of his films (even Phantom of the Paradise, which was an epiphany - go see it immediately). I re-watched Scarface, Carrie, Blow-out, Wise Guys, the Untouchables, etc. and then this week I saw Body Double at the video store. The cover art, which is horrible, drew me in. I said, Jason, that cover art is so tacky and the movie is called Body Double, it must be awful. Flipping the case over, what should I find? De Palma.

Oh my. I scooped it up then and there, went home, and popped it in the player. How had I not heard of this film? Probably because 2/3 of the natural world finds it a trashy piece of filth. I find it brilliant.

It is your typical De Palma suspense thriller. Riffs on Hitchcock, beautifully fluid camera movements, sexual 'dysfunction,' an exploration of voyeurism, Hollywood satire, a convoluted and endearingly unbelievable story...

So why watch it? Because unlike most movies Body Double cannot seem to take itself too seriously. Body Double moves forward with a straight face but, as evidenced by the Frankie Goes to Hollywood video somehow slipped into this film and an awful rubber mask, De Palma's tongue is so firmly in his cheek it's liable to break through the skin. Could a film that's credits hearken back to the EC Comics font really intend to be taken seriously? No. Oh, and for you scenesters out there, QT may have found inspiration for his first film's title in Body Double's final scene which, you guessed it, contains both a reservoir and dogs.

And yet, although the movie on some level parodies the preposterous suspense thrillers of yore, it also never condescends to them. De Palma directs this movie with such glee and exuberance, that you know he loves those types of movies (well, I mean if Phantom of the Paradise, Sisters, and Dressed to Kill hadn't let the cat out of the bag already).

Anyway, if you enjoy maverick directors unafraid of genre-pictures, fun, and enormous drills, this is a movie for you. However, if you like Lars Von Trier or other such beings who take themselves and their art far too seriously at times, go elsewhere.

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