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Body Double (1984)

Craig Wasson , Melanie Griffith , Brian De Palma  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Craig Wasson, Melanie Griffith, Gregg Henry, Deborah Shelton, Guy Boyd
  • Directors: Brian De Palma
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Twilight Time
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (132 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00E5BQ9SW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,370 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Melanie Griffith, Craig Wasson. While house-sitting a friend's luxury apartment, Jake Scully gets a free telescopic look at his stripteasing neighbor. But after he notices he's not the only guy checking her out, the plot turns deadly and Jake dives headfirst into the world of X-rated movies!

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67 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The nastiest movie I ever saw in the theater... September 6, 2006
...with my parents.

I'll never forget seeing this movie in the theaters with my parents. We happen to see the quite young daughter of a really good couple friend of my parents, right before we went into the theater to watch this. My parents had no idea how bad this one was. My mother, just out of the blue, invited the young lady to join us. Brian DePalma has always been one of my favorite directors, and I only had a slight hint of how bad/good this would be. Well, I don't need to tell you the rest of the story, if you've seen this movie. My parents apologized profusely to her parents, later after we watched it. AND I WAS LOVING IT!!!

I bought this on laser disc right when it came out, and recently, about 1 year ago, bought the DVD. I really like the movie, one of my favorite Brian DePalma flicks. I'll tell you some of my favorite parts.

1) The music playing, when Scully, the Craig Wasson character, gets excused from his movie scene, and is driving home to spend some unexpected quality time with his live in girlfriend. That is probably the greatest sound track music I've ever heard, by Pino Donaggio.

2) The edit cuts, between the viewing of the murder, through the eyeglass, that Scully is looking through, and the real life view, in the living room of the murder victim. I still remember the sound effects and cries of pain by the actress.

3) The twirling effect of the cameras, when Scully and the female are kissing no the beach (no, it didn't make me dizzy, like other reviewers.)

4) The "B" Acting of Melanie Griffith. You' d think she really was a porn star, the way she's acting.

5) The police detective that interviews Scully. That guy was so creepy. Reminds me of the actor Fred Gwynne. Very entertaining.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Voyeurism and Hitchcock a-go-go! October 13, 2006
By Cubist
In the early 1980s, Brian De Palma made two movies about obsessed voyeurs with Blow Out and then Body Double. With its perceived misogynistic views of women exacerbated by the violence depicted towards them and the ample use of nudity, the film became a lightning rod for controversy when it was initially released. This new Special Edition is a double-dip for this title with brand new extras and new interviews conducted with cast and crew made specifically for this release.

Throughout his career, De Palma has been dogged with the criticism that he blatantly rips off the films of Alfred Hitchcock. And to be fair, there are several overt references in Body Double. Like Jimmy Stewart's character in Vertigo, Jake has a debilitating fear that affects him at the worst possible moments. He also ends up remaking a woman into an idealized version of one he was obsessed with previously, much as Stewart does with Kim Novak's character in Vertigo. And like Stewart's character in Rear Window, Jake witnesses a crime being committed from afar and is powerless to stop it.

Body Double shows the ugly, moral tawdriness of the bottom rungs of the Los Angeles acting scene. When we first meet Jake he's in danger of being fired from Z-grade horror film. De Palma has crafted a beautifully structured thriller with a mystery that we piece together along with Jake.

"The Seduction" examines the origins of the film. De Palma got the idea for it while working on Dressed to Kill and originally set it in New York City but he spent a lot of time in L.A. while making Scarface.

In "The Setup" De Palma explains that the premise of Body Double is a postmodern spin on Hitchcock, specifically Vertigo. He also talks about the notion of voyeurism and how he called attention to it repeatedly.
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27 of 34 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Clean Fun--OK, Maybe Not So Clean September 18, 2006
I have a love/hate relationship with Brian De Palma. His name is a brand, and a couple of his films are among my favorite--"Carrie" and "The Untouchables", for example. But he certainly has just as many misses--"Bonfire of the Vanities", anyone?

He has done a number of films with direct links to Hitchcock--"Sisters", "Dressed to Kill", and this "Body Double". These films all borrow heavily from Hitch in terms of imagery and plot. It has alternately been called, during his career, paying homage or being a rip-off. There are critics in both camps. My sentiment is that if you're going to borrow elements from another director, you could do a lot worse than THE MASTER.

That being said--"Body Double" is a loopy combination of "Vertigo" and "Rear Window". It's an entertaining, if not particularly, artistic film.

A young Melanie Griffith stole the show, for me, as porn star Holly Body. And what could be better than using Frankie Goes To Hollywood's "Relax" to score the porno film within the film that she stars in? Not much, in my opinion.

So put your brain on hold, and you'll likely enjoy this lurid little film. Ultimately, it's just a pulpy B-movie--and as long as you don't expect ART--you do get entertainment. KGHarris, 9/06.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Brian DePalma knows a good film when he sees one. He has made several excellent films (The Untouchables) and some films that are cultural landmarks (Carrie, Scarface). His work borrows heavily from other masterworks. Body Double has plot points and several specific shots that trace their roots directly to two of Alfred Hitchcock's best: Rear Window and Vertigo. Body Double mixes these scenes with a leading man who exists in a world far removed from the world of Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly.

Craig Wasson stars as Jake Scully, an insecure actor who has the lead in a D-List Vampire movie and a serious phobia of enclosed places, which is established in the opening as poor Jake is paralyzed in his on-set coffin. Like Jimmy Stewart in "Rear Window", Wasson is placed into a position where he views his neighbors through the windows of his apartment. Like Stewart in "Vertigo" he is also positioned to become emotionally attached to a woman who is not who he thinks she is, set up as a witness to a false crime that is meant to disguise a murder. Where Stewart's vertigo paralyzes his character with a fear of heights at key moments in that story, Wasson's claustrophobia does the same here. Body Double shares with Vertigo extended sequences where our hero trails the woman he is becoming entangled with in lengthy scenes with almost no dialogue, as well as a swirling 360 degree camera shot when the hero kisses the woman of mystery.

But De Palma falls somewhat short of the master. Let's just say Wasson is not Jimmy Stewart, Melanie Griffith is not Grace Kelly, etc.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Dubious De Palma
Brian De Palma fans praise "Body Double" (1984) for all the wrong reasons. Except for a few stylish sequences, the director's self-indulgent thriller belongs on the... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Scott T. Rivers
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
It was just OK. I thought that it might have a little deeper story line, but it didn't. Just OK.
Published 28 days ago by Jon I.
5.0 out of 5 stars Relax and enjoy the Body Double.
Body Double (1984). Rated "R". Running Time: One hour, 49 mins.
Directed by Brian De Palma, Written by Robert J. Avrech and Brian De Palma. Read more
Published 2 months ago by James McDonald
4.0 out of 5 stars Cheesy 80s Cinema at its best
If you want a flashback, this is the way. It was racy & sexy at the time. Now? Well you make the call.
Published 2 months ago by Soos2
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
i have seen this movie so many time but yesterday i watch the bluray and it was fantastic
first the sound super super sound if they have have make the same to the fury i... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Marc Bouhana
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Brian De Palma!
I am a little bit biased, since I am a Brian De Palma and Alfred Hitchcock fan. "Body Double" happens to be a classic, which many directors have paid homage to. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Alexander Von Roon
5.0 out of 5 stars Body Double
A great Brian De Palma movie. If you like Sisters and Dressed to Kill then this movie is for you.
Published 3 months ago by Jeff Colson
5.0 out of 5 stars A Thriller
Body Double is a great movie, very weird with plenty of action. The title of the movie speaks for itself.
Published 3 months ago by Al Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars A Steamy Blend Of Sex, Lies, and Murder!
Body Double is a DVD of the 1984 sensual crime thriller directed by Brian DePalma(Casualties Of War). Read more
Published 4 months ago by Henry West
3.0 out of 5 stars Body Double on Limited Edition Blu-ray
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. Read more
Published 7 months ago by MacheteJason
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