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Body Double (1984)




Critic Consensus: Exemplifying Brian De Palma's filmmaking bravura and polarizing taste, Body Double is a salacious love letter to moviemaking.

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In Body Double, director Brian DePalma pays homage to the Alfred Hitchcock movies Vertigo and Rear Window, adding a few grotesque touches all his own. Craig Wasson plays Jake, a struggling actor who keeps losing jobs because of his claustrophobia. To make matters worse, his girlfriend has walked out on him, so he has no place to sleep. His pal offers him the use of his apartment for the evening. The apartment happens to be equipped with a huge picture window and telescope, enabling him to spy on his beautiful neighbor Gloria (Deborah Shelton) while she undresses. He also bears witness to her brutal murder. And then he meets a porn star (Melanie Griffith), who has just taken a job posing as the late Gloria. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Craig Wasson
as Jake Scully
Gregg Henry
as Sam Bouchard
Melanie Griffith
as Holly Body
Deborah Shelton
as Gloria Revelle
Guy Boyd
as Jim McLean
David Haskell
as Drama Teacher
Al Israel
as Corso
Casey Sander
as Man #2 (Holly Does Hollywood)
Douglas Warhit
as Video Salesman
B.J. Jones
as Douglas
Larry Flash Jenkins
as Assistant Director
Monty Landis
as Sid Goldberg
Linda Shaw
as Herself
Denise Loveday
as Actress/Vampire Movie
Gela Jacobson
as Corso's Secretary
Ray Hassett
as Police Officer
Rick Gunderson
as Police Officer
Jerry Brutsche
as Police Officer
Michael Kearns
as Male Porno Star
Rob Paulsen
as Cameraman
Jeremy Lawrence
as Theater Director
Rod Loomis
as TV Director
Gary F. Griffith
as Auditioning Actor
Michael White (I)
as Security Guard
Emmett Brown
as Studio Guard
H. David Fletcher
as Security Guard at Bellini's
Marcia del Mar
as Production Assistant
Monte Landis
as Sid Goldberg
Phil Redrow
as Naked Man
Roi Loomis
as TV Director
Slavitza Jovan
as Saleslady
Jack Mayhall
as Jake's Replacement
Alexandra Day
as Girls in Bathroom
Pamela Weston
as Girls in Bathroom
Brinke Stevens
as Girls in Bathroom
Melissa Christian
as Girls in Bathroom
Patty Lotz
as Girls in Holly Does Hollywood
Barbara Peckinpaugh
as Girls in Holly Does Hollywood
David Ursin
as Man in Holly Does Hollywood
Casey Sanders
as Man in Holly Does Hollywood
Wes Edwards
as Man in Holly Does Hollywood
Paul Calabria
as Man with Dog
Nanci Rogers
as Stuntpeople
Richard Warlock
as Stuntpeople
Jerry Wills
as Stuntpeople
Ted Grossman
as Stuntpeople
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Critic Reviews for Body Double

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (3)

It's an expertly crafted B-movie, a brisk and twisty mixture of the slick and sleazy, the glossy and grungy.

June 18, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

... "Body Double" finds Brian De Palma at the zenith of his cinematic virtuosity.

January 4, 2018 | Full Review…

Body Double is an exhilarating exercise in pure filmmaking, a thriller in the Hitchcock tradition in which there's no particular point except that the hero is flawed, weak, and in terrible danger -- and we identify with him completely.

October 23, 2004 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

'Body Double' remains as a palpable testimony of the immense influence that Alfred Hitchcock's cinema had on the generations that knew how to see in him the same as Truffaut. [Full Review in Spanish]

May 7, 2020 | Full Review…

...ugly, unedifying exploitation cinema.

June 9, 2016 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

A spectacularly sleazy send-up that finds the puckish, thin-skinned director confronting his critics and doubling down on everything that upstanding, respectable people hate about Brian De Palma films.

February 8, 2016 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Body Double


"Everybody is a peeper, peeping on their neighbors", Hitchcock seemed to infer with the production of Rear Window, "wouldn't we be happier if we all could just admit it?" DePalma, looking to up the ante seems to ask further, "we all masturbate, couldn't we simply do it together?"

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Brian De Palma seems to be enjoying quite a lot to poke fun at the artificiality of cinema with this delicious pastiche that pays homage to Hitchcock's films (mainly Vertigo and Rear Window) and plays with the limits of narrative and language as he injects his own style into it.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Well, I think it's fair to say I have never screamed at characters more in a movie than I did watching this! Those scenes where Jake was "stalking" Gloria - bloody hell, so obvious. Then came the point mid movie where I felt like I was watching a whole different movie and couldn't understand what the hell was going on. Highly original and it did tie up at the end. Suspense and 80's tackiness all thrown into one movie. Right in my element with this one. And extra half star for the appearance of Holly Johnson. How had I never seen this one before!

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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