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Body Double [DVD]

Craig Wasson , Melanie Griffith , Brian De Palma    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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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: Uca Catalogue
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Oct 2003
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000E3HJ0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,298 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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,

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hitchcock hommage in 80s dressing 21 Dec 2009
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Guilty pleasure from De Palma 10 Aug 2008
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
4.0 out of 5 stars Clever, and doesn't take itself too seriously 9 Nov 2007
"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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars driller killer lives on 21 Aug 2001
By A Customer
Having seen this movie twice -the first time I couldn't believe the audacity of De Palma- the second viewing confirmed his flashy trashy technique and story telling abilities, I can only say he bettered himself with Carrie and Blow Out. The acting is suitably over the top when required,the dialogue cheesy at times, and the special effects/bloodbath all adding up to his better works. A must see for anyone with a strong "stomach" and sense of daring- You will be rewarded.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I like to watch" 18 July 2011
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This movie influenced my life growing up (no... not in that way!!!). It's stylish, filled with clever Hitchcockian references, incredibly sexy, funny and twisty and features an amazing 80s soundtrack/score...

There's too much to say - I never get bored watching it and I love the Frankie Goes to Hollywood scene ("sluts" written on the toilet door - how could you not love that??) and Melanie Griffith looks amazing and plays the part to perfection, as does everyone else really. It has some great 80s touches, I especially love the shopping mall scene (it's the postmodern Rodeo Collection in Beverly Hills, if you're wondering) with the "I think we have a problem" at Bellini's (the underwear store, of course!).

Slight complaint is the print is a bit soft and dingy looking (imagine how it'd look on Blu-ray), but it's a minor gripe - you can pick this Sony DVD up for peanuts now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An underated crazy 80's classic 10 May 2011
By j.r
I highly reccomend Brian De Palma's Body Double from 1984. It's a stylish film, as you'd expect from De Palma. The film has nods to hitchcock in a similar way 'dressed to kill' did and some other De Palma films have, yet maintains an original feel due to a fast pace, shocks and twists, fantastic score music(by Pino Donaggio), good interesting casting and a crazy feel. This is possibaly my favourite De Palma film, and thats saying alot as he's made some of the greats. A film you can watch again and again. A film made for film lovers. The Dvd has a quality widescreen(1:1.85) picture and good sound.
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4.0 out of 5 stars De Palma Double Bubble, Toil and Trouble.
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... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Spike Owen
3.0 out of 5 stars Poor De Palma
As a Brian De Palma fan, I usually find things to enjoy - even admire in his movies, but "Body Double" counts as one of the weakest. Read more
Published 2 months ago by A. Griffiths
5.0 out of 5 stars Peeping tom saves the day!
One of my favourite comedy thrillers. It's scary, sexy and funny all at the same time, with lots of tension and agreat soundtrack to boot!
Published 3 months ago by Juan Carlos Mateo
4.0 out of 5 stars De Palma Delights
I have always been a fan of Brian De Palma's work and found this curiosity both entertaining and absorbing. Read more
Published 5 months ago by STEVENTO
3.0 out of 5 stars not Hitchcock
This film is not great, but OK.

It is clearly a pastiche of Hitchcocks Vertigo, and there are also some references to the former director, not least the casting of... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Enthusiast
5.0 out of 5 stars A Diamond in the Rough.
A bit predictable by modern standards but this is a gem of a classic, back when Melanie Griffith was HOT!!
Published 12 months ago by W. R. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it.
I think It is an excellent film. highly recommended. a must for depalma fans. don't miss it. A++++. not for the squeamish.
Published 13 months ago by Michael Wilkinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Body double: excellent
Bought this for less than a pound, best spend ever. Really good film with a good plot. Only downside was some of the acting. Apart from that it was excellent.
Published 23 months ago by Scott
3.0 out of 5 stars Telephoto lens
I almost took this seriously. It's a black joke and really watchable. The male leads are pretty feeble so concentrate on the females.
Published on 16 July 2010 by Chris
5.0 out of 5 stars "FRANKIE SAYS RELAX"
I caught this film late one Friday Night on TV and fell in love with it, I know its a bit cheesy but its also classy. All the Actors put in a great Performance... Read more
Published on 6 May 2010 by Paul J. Jackson
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