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Director:
Writers:
Robert J. Avrech (screenplay) and
Brian De Palma (screenplay) ...
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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:
Much better than expected See more (167 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)

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:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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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:
Brian De Palma originally planned for this to be the first Hollywood film to boast unsimulated sex scenes. The studio thought differently.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Jake follows Gloria to the beach "motel" in the morning sunlight, and within a few minutes, it is afternoon with the sun in the opposite direction.See more »
Quotes:
Male Porno Star:I'm not just a stunt cock, I'm an ACTOR!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Do You Like Hitchcock? (2005) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Main ThemeSee more »

FAQ

What is 'Body Double' about?
Is the house where Scully is staying a real house?
Is 'Body Double' based on a book?
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29 out of 35 people found the following review useful.
Much better than expected, 3 April 2002
Author: shaun98 from Milwaukee WI

I admit when I rented this movie, I did so just to get some cheap thrills. I was aware of the negative reviews from uptight critics who dismissed it as sleaze, and to be honest, that's what I was in the mood for. Besides, my curiosity was aroused. (No cheap jokes, please!)

To my surprise, this is actually a compelling, well-crafted thriller. Let me take it a step further. It's an improvement over DePalma's effective but overpraised "Dressed to Kill." "Body Double" is actually better-constructed and better-paced. Perhaps the extremes of the film's content turned off some members of the critical community. And keep in mind that many of these people loved Dressed.

However, if you can stomach some of the content (it would certainly warrant an NC-17 in today's climate), there's much to like here. DePalma's approach might be manipulative, but when he does so this effectively, it's hard to complain. Technically, it's a marvel of film technique. Wasson's claustrophobic attacks are effectively conveyed to the viewer. When they hit him, they hit us just as hard. The very ending, which I wouldn't dream of giving away, is a work of pure genius. The infamous drill murder is a terrific setpiece.

One aspect that interested me was its attitude towards porno. So-called "dirty movies" are not condemned, but treated as simply being another side of the film industry. It's not considered right or wrong; it's just there. Such a nonjudgmental outlook is refreshing after hearing the tiresome rants of self-appointed "moral watchdogs." Likewise, there is a loving tribute to B-movies during the opening and closing credits.

"Body Double" isn't good art by any means, but it's good trash. Watch it, and you will behold DePalma at his sleazy best. He makes no apologies for what he does, nor would we want him to do so.

***1/2 (out of ****)

Released by Columbia Pictures

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