Body Double

Synopsis: Jake Scully comes home to find his girlfriend with another man and has to find a new place. In between his acting workshops and his job in a vampire B-movie, he scans the paper looking for anything. He happens to meet Sam Bouchard, a fellow actor who needs a house sitter. Both are pleased with the arrangement that will have Jake staying in the house and for a sweetener, Sam shows him his favorite neighbor, a well-built woman who strips with her window open each night. Jake becomes obsessed with meeting her and is able to help recover her purse from a thief, but shows his own phobia, he is incapacitated by claustrophobia when the thief runs through a tunnel. When Jake witnesses a murder, he finds out that the police love to pin crimes on peeping Toms. Jake discovers that here are just too many coincidences but must hunt them down himself without the police.
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Director(s): Brian De Palma
Production: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
114 min

Come on. Use your body.

Cry for help! Come on!

You can do it, Jake.

I want you to cry out.

I can't.

I'm a sardine.

Sardines in a can are dead.

They can't feel.

But you're alive and afraid,

not a goddamn dead sardine.

Dig down, Jake!

Cry out!

I can't.

Come on, Jake.

Leave the guy alone.

Don't interrupt this exercise.

Exercise? This looks like a mind f*ck to me.

What is your name?

You're not in this class.

That's right. I'm not.

I expected a class for acting,

not humiliation.

What gives you the right

to f*ck around with this guy's head?

You'd better leave.

That's a good idea.

I'm going to act.

Class is out. Come on.

Come on. Let's go.

Sorry, Will.

Come on.

I can't do this today.

This is called an exit.


What a fool I am.

Come on, Jake.

You're too hard on yourself.

They can't get a job.

They put an ad in the trade,

call themselves teachers.

They teach us

to be more fucked up.

That's not it.

Get another round?

Coming up.




Are you married?


Me, too, as of yesterday.

We weren't married,

but it was almost the same thing.

What happened?

I'm sorry.

That's not my business.

That's okay. It's just...

it sounds so stupid.

These things usually do.

I caught her in bed with another guy.

Can you believe that?

Oh, man.

You had no idea?



Christ, I keep seeing it.

Carol lying there.

Her face was glowing.

Her face was glowing?


How do you get her face to glow?

16 years of humping,

not once did I get a glimmer.


I'm sorry, man.

That's tough.

You're right.

It's not that big a deal.

You kicked the bitch out,

I hope. No.

Why not?

It was her place.

Oh, man, you've

been through the shitter.

Where are you staying?

I got a friend with a floor.


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Robert J. Avrech

Robert J. Avrech is an American screenwriter whose works include the 1984 film Body Double (with Brian De Palma) and A Stranger Among Us (1992). He won an Emmy Award for his screenplay The Devil's Arithmetic, based on the young adult novel by Jane Yolen.He is also the author of the children's novel The Hebrew Kid and the Apache Maiden, and the memoir How I Married Karen, and publishes personal and political writings on his blog, Seraphic Press. From 2009 through mid-2012, he was a writer for Breitbart News. more…

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