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Body Double (1984)

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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jake Scully
... Sam Bouchard
... Holly Body
... Gloria Revelle
... Det. Jim McLean
... Rubin the Director
David Haskell ... Will the Drama Teacher
Rebecca Stanley ... Kimberly Hess
... Corso the Director
Douglas Warhit ... Video Salesman
B.J. Jones ... Douglas
Russ Marin ... Frank
... Billy
... Carol
... Assistant Director (as Larry 'Flash' Jenkins)
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Storyline

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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Brian De Palma the modern master of suspense invites you witness - A seduction. A mystery. A murder. See more »

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Mystery | Thriller

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26 October 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Doble de cuerpo  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,837,978, 28 October 1984, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$8,801,940
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Rumours developed and lasted for years that director Brian De Palma had many actresses up to his house to perform the erotic masturbation sequence from this picture. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Jake Scully: I thought you were a bartender, not a priest.
Douglas: That's right, I'm a bartender.
Jake Scully: Then keep the fucking glass filled!
Douglas: Keep your own glass filled.
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Performed by Frankie Goes to Hollywood
Written by Peter Gill, Holly Johnson and Mark O'Toole
Produced by Trevor Horn
Courtesy of ZTT / Island Records, Inc.
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DePalma at his brilliant best!
6 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

This has to be one of my favorite films of all-time. I first saw it some ten years ago and I still cannot get it out of my mind. It was in fact, the muse for the future great film "Boogie Nights." It centers a masterful story around the porn industry of Southern California during the early 1980's. It mixes in excellent cinematogrophy with vivid sets and mind altering music. It is as fun to watch as it is to listen to. The story grabs you early and it does not release you till the very end. Mix in comedy, violence, sex and drama, and of course, if Mr. DePalma is involved, you will have more than a few twists (there are plenty). Melanie Griffith is hotter than hot! This movie has it all, I really do love it.

The story involves an out of work actor who is down on his luck. He soon becomes infatuated with a beautiful woman that he sees brutally killed by a rather disfigured Indian character. Ahh, but things are not what they appear to be. To give away anymore would deny you the fun and excitement that comes with watching this brilliant film. Enjoy!


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