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  • Actors: Craig Wasson, Melanie Griffith, Gregg Henry, Deborah Shelton, Guy Boyd
  • Directors: Brian De Palma
  • Writers: Brian De Palma, Robert J. Avrech
  • Producers: Brian De Palma, Howard Gottfried
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Columbia Tristar
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Feb. 2000
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004D376
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,046 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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With elements borrowed from both 'Vertigo' and 'Rear Window', this is another of director Brian De Palma's inspired reworkings of Hitchcock. It begins with out-of-work actor Jake Scully (Craig Wasson) recuperating after an attack of claustrophobia, spending his time spying on the stripper who lives opposite. All this is fine until Jake witnesses the stripper being brutally murdered with a power tool. After hearing that the police love to pin such crimes on peeping toms, Jake comes to realize that he is caught in a complex plot where nothing is quite as it first appears.

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Even Brian De Palma's staunchest defenders had to swallow hard with this gaudily gory bauble of a thriller that is built around a gruesome (yet surprisingly wittily staged) stalking and murder involving a female victim and a killer with a giant power drill. This is De Palma at his most sensational, in a story about a B-movie actor (Craig Wasson) with career problems and a habit as a voyeur. He witnesses the aforementioned murder, then teams up with a porn actress (Melanie Griffith) to try and find the killer. De Palma has a blast going inside the porn film industry, and even films a pseudo rock video with one-hit wonders Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Wasson is an unlikely leading man, bland and pasty, but he is perfect in the role of a decidedly imperfect hero. --Marshall Fine, Amazon.com

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 Nov. 2007
Format: DVD
"Holly keeps this business where it belongs." says a sleazy TV interviewer with a smile, "In the gutter." He's talking about Holly Body (Melanie Griffth), star of Holly Does Hollywood. She's a porn queen with a tattoo on her bottom. Holly, or at least the tattoo, is the key to Jake Scully (Craig Wasson) identifying the killer who set him up.

Jake is a struggling actor who suffers from claustrophobia. He's not too bright, not too dumb, and he finds out the hard way that his wife is two-timing him. She owns their house so he has to move out. He finds a place to stay, housesitting for an absent owner a modernist home on a stalk that overlooks Hollywood. The guy who helped him find the place points out the owner's telescope, which in the evening can pick out a lush neighbor, a rich woman named Gloria Revel, who regularly does a strip dance in front of her window. Jake thinks he sees her being stalked and does some stalking of his own. One night through the telescope he sees her being attacked. He races over to save her but he's too late. The attacker uses a big power drill to kill the woman. Jake finds himself under suspicion and sets out to try to find out what was going on. And that sets up his meeting with Holly, his realization of what really happened, and his confrontation with the killer who is in the process of burying Holly alive.

This is a first-rate movie, in my opinion. De Palma is often accused of ripping off...I mean, paying homage to...Hitchcock, but Hitchcock didn't own the suspense/humor genre. He just did it better than most. Here, De Palma has come up with a clever plot that builds a nice head of tension and unease.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andres C. Salama on 10 Aug. 2008
Format: DVD
A trash gem from Brian De Palma. Here, Rear Window meets Vertigo in the porn subculture of the 1980s Southern California. Jake, a bit actor in B films (played engagingly by Craig Wasson) finds his girlfriend sleeping with another guy and has to move from his home. A fellow actor needs someone (or so he says) to take care of his house while he is away on a trip, and Jakes agree to do the job. Before leaving, he shows him his favorite neighbor, a beautiful and sculptural woman who strips with her window open each night. Jake spies her with the house's telescope every night, becoming obsessed. He meets her once in the beach, and is able to help recover her purse from a thief, but is incapacitated by claustrophobia when the burglar runs through a tunnel. Eventually, Jake witnesses her brutal murder through the telescope by someone dressed as an Indian. But, if you've seen Vertigo (and know De Palma has been paying homage to Hitchcock in virtually all of his movies) you can imagine not everything (or everyone) is what is seems. Melanie Griffith is also great playing what could be described as the updated role Kim Novak played in Vertigo. Among the movie's odd touches: a musical interlude in a video form with 80s band Frankie Goes to Hollywood playing their hit single "Relax".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By T. E. A. on 21 Dec. 2009
Format: DVD
Yet another twisted Hitchcock-inspired pseudo thriller from De Palma : Vertigo blended with Rear Window, along with the obligatory shower scene... Still, this one is very enjoyable, as the characters are pretty convincing (as others have already written, Craig Watson and Mel Griffith did both an excellent job), better than the candid, annoying couple portrayed by Travolta and Nancy Allen in Blow Out in my opinion. The script is also very good, with only a few dull moments. If you like De Palma, this is nearly as good as it gets.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Cohen on 26 Oct. 2014
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Body Double Blu-Ray (Region B) (English Cover) Was quite happy with the picture and sound of Umbrella's release of Body Double, there's a decent amount of extras with it too. Worth having if you liked De Palma's Dressed to Kill and Blow Out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Feb. 2014
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Body Double is directed by Brian De Palma, he also co-writes the screenplay with Robert J. Avrech. It stars Craig Wasson, Melanie Griffith, Gregg Henry, Deborah Shelton, Guy Boyd and Dennis Franz. Music is by Pino Donaggio and cinematography by Stephen H. Burum.

Brian De Palma continued his crusade to push buttons of the sensitive whilst homaging his hero Alfred Hitchcock, with this cheeky, garish, sleazy thriller. Even when moving away from Hitch like movies, he created a storm with Scarface (1983), so the critics of 1984 wondered if a return to suspense thriller territory would put the director back on an even cinematic keel? Not a bit of it! The reaction to Body Double was ridiculously over the top, apparently a misogynistic homage to the porn industry, with exploitation gore thrown in for good (bad) measure, Body Double was the devil’s spawn in the eyes of critics. The public? Not so much, film was a sure fire hit at the box office.

Of course today it seems all very tame, where not even a simulated drilling killing can raise the temperature of the audience, or that frank sexual language and bare bodies no longer makes cinema goers blush. On reflection now it’s easy to view De Palma’s movie as a visionary piece of work, a film gently poking the ribs of Hollywood and the MPAA, and as was always the case with his 70s and 80s work, he was a director who easily elicited a response from his audience. And with his box of cinematic tricks still impressive before he became over reliant on them, Body Double is a fascinatingly lurid viewing experience.

That it’s Vertigo and Rear Window spliced together is a given, but that doesn’t make it a bad film, besides which it bears the De Palma stamp as well, undeniably so.
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