- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 54 minutes
- Video: Color
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Released: October 3, 2006
- Originally Released: 1984
- Label: Sony Pictures
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Collectors Edition
- Special Edition
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French
- Subtitles - English - Closed Captioned
- Subtitles - English, French - Optional
- Additional Release Material:
- "The Seduction"
- "The Mystery"
- "The Setup"
- "The Controversy"
Performers, Cast and Crew:
New York Times - 10/26/1984
"...[BODY DOUBLE] goes too far, which is the reason to see it. It's sexy and explictly crude, entertaining and sometimes very funny....[Griffith is] one of the delights..."
Variety - 10/17/1984
"...A voyeur's delight....[With] extended sequences of visual virtuosity..."
Struggling, intensely claustrophobic actor Jake Scully (Craig Wasson) spends his spare time spying on an always-undressing beautiful woman while house-sitting at his friend's swanky Los Angeles bachelor pad. Then he notices a big ugly guy with a power drill is also spying on her, and Scully begins trailing them in a bizarre game that eventually leads to murder. To solve the mystery, Scully infiltrates the porn industry and stars in an X-rated video for 1980s band Frankie Goes to Hollywood, eventually linking up with adult film star Holly Body (Melanie Griffith), the key to all the strange goings-on. Director Brian De Palma delves merrily into his bag of cinematic tricks for this mystery, which comes off as a sort of sex- and sleaze-filled hybrid of Hitchcock's VERTIGO and REAR WINDOW. Griffith, then known mainly as the daughter of Hitchcock leading lady Tippi Hedren, earned fans and critical buzz with her refreshingly funny, sexy performance as the porn star. A pre-NYPD BLUE Dennis Franz appears as a director. Evocative use of L.A. locations and De Palma's creative camerawork help mask the less believable plot elements, as does a nice score by Pino Dinoggio.
While house-sitting, an unemployed actor becomes a Peeping Tom on a stripteasing neighbor. When he witnesses a murder one night, his curiosity leads him into the sordid world of higfh-class pornography for an answer to the mystery.
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