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1,209 Ratings

Body Double

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


A young B movie actor’s obsession with spying on a beautiful woman who lives nearby 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

What are people saying?

  • Richmond Hill's rating of the film Body Double

    A deliciously tawdry burlesque B-side to Dressed to Kill; a composite of all manner of borrowings, nods & derivations - before they are skewered and exposed for what they are not (quite). The hilarious lacerations of filmmaking & indeed film-watching make for an outrageously effective double-take on filmic convention & artificiality, screwing genre construction & expectation with gleeful cheek. More fun than the A.

  • Addy K.'s rating of the film Body Double

    It took a while, but I'm finally onboard with De Palma's delightfully perverse position on life vs. cinema. BODY DOUBLE is undoubtedly the trashiest film he has made. Now, why do we really watch movies? To comprehend life or its great mysteries? Nope. We watch to dream with our eyes open. Pure cinema is pleasure. And unlike real life, in cinema you can have it all—including Melanie Griffith. Because why the hell not.

  • Stefan Drees's rating of the film Body Double

    A great film about voyeurism and the deception of viewing (which takes place on nearly every level of the work). Noteworthy are not only the Hitchcock citations - mainly from "Rear Window" and "Vertigo" - but also the sophisticated discourses about film as a medium of art that are used as ironic moments to delay the action (and may be identified by De Palma's strategies to create a special kind of artificiality).

  • smndvdcl's rating of the film Body Double

    The R-rated, post-modern pastiche of 'Rear Window'. It takes De Palma's directorial panache to evoke sympathy for the voyeuristic anti-hero. A playful satire that parodies its references as much as it reveres them. Plausibility intentionally lacking.

  • T. J. Mesen's rating of the film Body Double

    Dreamlike, belonging to the realm of pure cinema. De Palma is so good he even hides the key to the mystery in the title, and yet we overlook it. Like Jake, we're absorbed by all the mesmerizing information presented, always conditioned by his limited perspective. For some time nothing but pure tension seems to exist as we figure out the convoluted plot along with him; the film's style unravelling it organically.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Body Double

    Everything brilliant and frustrating about De Palma: the staging is outstanding, the camera hypnotic, the humor cheeky, and the story rich with contrasting ideas about identity, reality, fantasy, gender, and whether you can trust your own eyes (or your own TV screen). But then it arrives at a place that feels oddly slight, like a Vertigo rip that replaces Hitchcock's soulfulness with sarcasm and calls it a day.

  • T. J. Harman's rating of the film Body Double

    I tend to like his De Palma's films that aren't tributes to Hitchcock more but this is one of his best in that category because it plays with Hitch's themes of voyeurism/obsession in ways he couldn't have done when he was making films. The extended dialogue free suspense sequences are some of BD's best.

  • Matthew_Lucas's rating of the film Body Double

    Brian De Palma tackled ideas of perception, reality, and audience complicity in this intense lurid riff on Alfred Hitchcock about an out of work actor who accidentally witnesses a murder while spying on a beautiful neighbor. Elements of REAR WINDOW and VERTIGO inform De Palma's winking, self effacing critique of the porn industry 1980's Hollywood, where nothing is real and everything is an empty illusion.

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