Body Double

BBB.5

(out of 5)


A struggling actor () breaks up with his girlfriend after he finds her in bed with another man. Busy working on a vampire B-movie and in immediate need of new living accommodations, he instantly snatches up an offer he gets from another actor who needs someone to house sit for him. The pad turns out to be a luxury, cliff-side residence with a gorgeous view and all the plush fixings that Wasson could need, plus he has a bird’s eye view into the home of a nearby goddess who enjoys undressing in front of her open window on a regular basis. One night while he is watching her, the woman is murdered by a robber, and Wasson tries to tell the police only to be pinned by them as a peeping tom. As he investigates the matter further, he discovers a lot more about the situation than it is safe for him to know.  is hilarious as a porn star who is the key to the mystery, while director Brian de Palma has a terrific time paying tribute to the man-alone thrillers that Alfred Hitchcock used to make so well. Like Dressed To Kill, this is a good example of de Palma’s Hitchcock obsession paying off, though some viewers might be turned off by the exploitative nudity and violence.


Columbia Pictures Corporation, Delphi II Productions

USA, 1984

Directed by

Story by Brian De Palma, Screenplay by , Brian De Palma

Cinematography by

Produced by Brian De Palma

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by ,

Golden Globe Award Nomination
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Melanie Griffith)

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