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The Double (2013)

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A clerk in a government agency finds his unenviable life takes a turn for the horrific with the arrival of a new co-worker who is both his exact physical double and his opposite - confident, charismatic and seductive with women.

Director:

Richard Ayoade
1 win & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesse Eisenberg ... Simon / James
Mia Wasikowska ... Hannah
Wallace Shawn ... Mr Papadopoulos
Yasmin Paige ... Melanie
Noah Taylor ... Harris
James Fox ... The Colonel
Cathy Moriarty ... Kiki
Phyllis Somerville ... Simon's Mother
Gabrielle Downey Gabrielle Downey ... Strange Woman
Jon Korkes ... Detective
Craig Roberts ... Young Detective
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith ... Guard / Doctor
Susan Blommaert ... Liz
Bruce Byron Bruce Byron ... Skinhead
J. Mascis ... Janitor (as J Mascis)
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Storyline

Simon is a timid man, scratching out an isolated existence in an indifferent world. He is overlooked at work, scorned by his mother, and ignored by the woman of his dreams. He feels powerless to change any of these things. The arrival of a new co-worker, James, serves to upset the balance. James is both Simons exact physical double and his opposite - confident, charismatic and good with women. To Simons horror, James slowly starts taking over his life. Written by StudioCanal

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 April 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Dvojnik See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$14,646, 11 May 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$200,268, 15 August 2014
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the "Replicator court-martial" extended scene, the central member of the court-martial board is played by Laurence Fox, the brother-in-law of the director Richard Ayoade. See more »

Quotes

James: You can't be doing anything gay. No ice-cream cones.
Simon: I like ice cream.
James: Of course. It's delicious. Ice cream is fine in a cup, but in a cone is gay unless you're with a woman at the time.
Simon: Anything else?
James: No riding on a motorcycle with another man. Exceptions are drive-by shootings, bomb throwings and purse snatchings. Anything else is gay.
Simon: You seem to know a lot about this.
James: Defense wins championships.
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Connections

Version of Partner (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

Blue Chateau
Written by Jun Hashimoto, Tadao Inoue
Published by Watanabe Music Publishing Co. Ltd (c) 1967
Administered by Fairwood Music (UK) Ltd for the UK & Eire
Performed by The Blue Comets
Licensed by Nippon Columbia Co. Ltd
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Like Gilliam's Brazil -- only not good
6 June 2014 | by TheMarwoodSee all my reviews

This obnoxiously over directed Dostoevsky adaptation is an empty shell of a film with a vicious sound mix and over stylized art direction. A boring worker drone has a double who up ends his life and sends this pretentious bore into a tail spin of quirky zero dimensional characters and a repetitive joke that our main character is invisible that wouldn't sustain more than a 20 minute short film. Eisenberg does decent work playing the polar opposite dual roles, but he's left running around in a shapeless film that doesn't engage and uses quirk as a crutch instead of having any substance - it's just dead up there on the screen, pleased with itself at how clever its trying to be. The cinematography is quite nice, but that is hardly a compliment, as this film is the very definition of style over substance. It's like the worker drone sequences in Brazil stretched out to feature length, mixed with some elements from Delicatessen, especially the psychotic sound design.


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