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Body Double (1984)

Craig Wasson , Melanie Griffith , Brian De Palma  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 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: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (141 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00E5BQ9SW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,741 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
Format:DVD
...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
Format:DVD
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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28 of 36 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Clean Fun--OK, Maybe Not So Clean September 18, 2006
Format:DVD
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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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Controversial movies like this always result in a lot of contradictory feedbacks. After reading all other viewers' comments, I just want to add a few things. 1. If you label this movie as a "porn" or "soft porn", you may never have watched a "real" porn flick, or you must have missed one topnotch line in the "porn film shooting" scene of this movie, a line that defined so well the difference between erotic and pornographic cinema (a crew member asked the director, "so where's the come shot? I thought we were doing "Body Talk", not "Last Tango".) 2. It's quite unfair to blame Brian de Palma for "borrowing" Hitchcock's ideas from "Vertigo" or "Rear Window". Because if that's true, Hitchcock would have been pleased to see his ideas beautifully revived and enhanced in this very entertaining thriller. Over the years, I personally don't find all Hitchcock films as enjoyable as they used to be, while some of Brian de Palma tend to become classics themselves. There's something to make me think of Hitchcock though: Twenty-one years after Tippi Hedren gave a pretty nice performance in "The Birds" (1963), her daughter Melanie Griffith really delivered a much better one in "Body Double" (1984).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A good diversion from BDP.

Twists and turns.
Enjoy.
Published 19 days ago by mcssufferer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great old Risky Moviue
Published 27 days ago by John J bolebruch
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Ok
Published 27 days ago by Natalya
5.0 out of 5 stars "It's one of those films that is a guilty pleasure"
It's one of those films that sticks with you for a while after watching it. The soundtrack is what really makes the movie, but also the fact that Melanie Griffith plays a porn star... Read more
Published 1 month ago by pianoguy87
5.0 out of 5 stars An Homage and a Thoroughly Entertaining Film
One of the fun things about this movie is trying to recognize and count the many homages paid to other noteworthy movies, from Rear Window onward... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Toni V. Sweeney
5.0 out of 5 stars Scary thriller!
Bought this film for my wife because she loved it back when it came out. So I gave it to her as a gift. She took it, said thanks and went back to hating me. Can't win.
Published 2 months ago by Glenn R. Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcockian
1984 neo-noir, actually one of the worthy movies from Brian de Palma (the other two being: Scarface and Dressed to Kill). Read more
Published 2 months ago by Luke
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
"Vertigo and "Rear Window" plots fusioned, Beautiful soundtrack by Pino Donaggio and creatively filmed.
Brian de Palma is a master.
Published 2 months ago by helio g v santos
3.0 out of 5 stars Great to see every now and then
Campy movie, with bad acting. But terrific for a short getaway from everyday. DVD is good quality and probably not one to get on bluray if available.
Published 3 months ago by rdkmco
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 4 months ago by Scott T. Rivers
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