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1,605 Ratings

Body Double

Directed by Brian De Palma
United States, 1984
Crime, Thriller


Jake, a struggling actor, is staying in his pal’s place after his girlfriend has walked out on him. The apartment happens to be equipped with a picture window and telescope, enabling him to spy on his beautiful neighbor Gloria, which leads to a baffling series of events with drastic consequences.

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Body Double Directed by Brian De Palma

Awards & Festivals

Golden Globes (USA)

1985 | Nominee: Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

New York Film Critics Circle Awards

1984 | 2nd place: Best Supporting Actress

National Society of Film Critics Awards

1985 | Winner: Best Supporting Actress

With the film’s central mystery pretty easy to guess if you know Vertigo well, one is free to simply enjoy Body Double as an endlessly playful lark from a filmmaker interested in gratifying himself and daring us to watch.
November 23, 2016
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When rewatching Body Double for the third time, its most striking element was, as on my first viewing, Craig Wasson’s performance. As central character Jake Scully, Wasson turns his conventionally attractive looks into an endlessly fascinating nebbishness and awkwardness.
July 08, 2016
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The “Relax” scene marks a tonal crossroads in BODY DOUBLE. Soon after, the proceedings begin to accelerate at an almost nightmarish rate and the tightly plotted thriller De Palma fashioned in the film’s first half starts to unravel as the limits of internal plausibility are pushed to the extreme. If you’re on De Palma’s wavelength though it’s a worthy tradeoff, as tension gives way to near mania.
June 17, 2016
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