Body Double (1984)




Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Body Double Videos

Body Double Photos

Movie Info

In Body Double, director Brian DePalma pays homage to the Alfred Hitchcock movies Vertigo and Rear Window, adding a few grotesque touches all his own. Craig Wasson plays Jake, a struggling actor who keeps losing jobs because of his claustrophobia. To make matters worse, his girlfriend has walked out on him, so he has no place to sleep. His pal offers him the use of his apartment for the evening. The apartment happens to be equipped with a huge picture window and telescope, enabling him to spy on his beautiful neighbor Gloria (Deborah Shelton) while she undresses. He also bears witness to her brutal murder. And then he meets a porn star (Melanie Griffith), who has just taken a job posing as the late Gloria. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
R (adult situations/language, nudity, sex)
Drama , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Watch it now


Craig Wasson
as Jake Scully
Gregg Henry
as Sam Bouchard
Melanie Griffith
as Holly Body
Deborah Shelton
as Gloria Revelle
Guy Boyd
as Jim McLean
David Haskell
as Drama Teacher
Rebecca Stanley
as Kimberly
Al Israel
as Corso
Casey Sander
as Man #2 (Holly Does Hollywood)
Douglas Warhit
as Video Salesman
B.J. Jones
as Douglas
Russ Marin
as Frank
Lane Davies
as Billy
Larry Flash Jenkins
as Assistant Director
Monty Landis
as Sid Goldberg
Linda Shaw
as Herself
Denise Loveday
as Actress/Vampire Movie
Gela Jacobson
as Corso's Secretary
Ray Hassett
as Police Officer
Rick Gunderson
as Police Officer
Jerry Brutsche
as Police Officer
Michael Kearns
as Male Porno Star
Rob Paulsen
as Cameraman
Jeremy Lawrence
as Theater Director
Rod Loomis
as TV Director
Gary F. Griffith
as Auditioning Actor
Michael White (I)
as Security Guard
Emmett Brown
as Studio Guard
H. David Fletcher
as Security Guard at Bellini's
Marcia del Mar
as Production Assistant
Phil Redrow
as Naked Man
Monte Landis
as Sid Goldberg
Slavitza Jovan
as Saleslady
Roi Loomis
as TV Director
Jack Mayhall
as Jake's Replacement
Alexandra Day
as Girls in Bathroom
Pamela Weston
as Girls in Bathroom
Brinke Stevens
as Girls in Bathroom
Melissa Christian
as Girls in Bathroom
Patty Lotz
as Girls in Holly Does Hollywood
Barbara Peckinpaugh
as Girls in Holly Does Hollywood
David Ursin
as Man in Holly Does Hollywood
Casey Sanders
as Man in Holly Does Hollywood
Wes Edwards
as Man in Holly Does Hollywood
Chuck Waters
as Jogger
Paul Calabria
as Man with Dog
Nanci Rogers
as Stuntpeople
Richard Warlock
as Stuntpeople
Jerry Wills
as Stuntpeople
Ted Grossman
as Stuntpeople
Show More Cast

Critic Reviews for Body Double

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (1)

...ugly, unedifying exploitation cinema.

Full Review… | June 9, 2016

A spectacularly sleazy send-up that finds the puckish, thin-skinned director confronting his critics and doubling down on everything that upstanding, respectable people hate about Brian De Palma films.

Full Review… | February 8, 2016
The ARTery

Is Body Double Brian De Palma's most underrated film or merely a guilty pleasure on my part? Naturally, I make the case for the former.

Full Review… | August 24, 2013
Creative Loafing

Sleaze dominates the thin plot and absurd story line.

Full Review… | June 10, 2012
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Classic De Palma. Stylish and Sexy.

September 4, 2008

It's a mystery, a romance, a horror flick, and a straight-faced parody all rolled into one unique little movie.

Full Review… | November 1, 2006
DVD Clinic

Audience Reviews for Body Double


Brian De Palma seems to be enjoying quite a lot to poke fun at the artificiality of Cinema with this delicious pastiche that pays homage to Hitchcock's films (mainly Vertigo and Rear Window) and plays with the limits of narrative and language as he injects his own style into it.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Well, I think it's fair to say I have never screamed at characters more in a movie than I did watching this! Those scenes where Jake was "stalking" Gloria - bloody hell, so obvious. Then came the point mid movie where I felt like I was watching a whole different movie and couldn't understand what the hell was going on. Highly original and it did tie up at the end. Suspense and 80's tackiness all thrown into one movie. Right in my element with this one. And extra half star for the appearance of Holly Johnson. How had I never seen this one before!

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

I first saw this film when it was released in 1984, was immediately captivated by it, and have re-visited it many times since then. Body Double may be my favorite DePalma film, even more so than Scarface since it blends different elements together so entertainingly. Body Double is of course a thriller, containing various Hitchcockian themes and devices for which DePalma has become famous. Its also a spoof of the porn industry, but it treats the porn business and B-movie slasher films in a refreshingly frank and candid manner. Its done with humor and without any moralizing, just another part of the business. Also, the LA locations, like the Tail O' the Pup hot dog stand and the futuristic Chemospehere house, not only lend the film authenticity, they really add to the memorable quality DePalma achieves. I enjoyed the performances of Craig Wasson, Dennis Franz, and others, but Body Double may be best remembered for Melanie Griffith's breakthrough role. She's sexy and totally hilarious. Her list of adult acting "restrictions" is one of the all-time greatest monologues. Wasson, who I liked in Ghost Story, is similar to De Palma's idol Hitchcock's hero in Vertigo Scotty (Jimmy Stewart). He is paralyzed by claustrophobia and "can't act." Wasson as Jake Scully is the perfect unpretentious "set-up witness." I can't fail to mention former Miss America Deborah Shelton as Gloria Revelle, one of the most beautiful women who ever graced the silver screen. There's a lurid fascination about this film. Its got sex, voyeurism, a power-drill murder, and the most palpable claustrophobia I've seen. You've also the Frankie-Goes-To-Hollywood "Relax" tie-in. It will harken you back to the glory days of MTV. All in all, its great tongue-in-cheek entertainment and, for my money, the most notable voyeur fantasy movie ever.

Clintus Maximus
Clintus Maximus

Super Reviewer

Body Double Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss Body Double on our Movie forum!

News & Features