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

you ready for some good news?

Yeah. I got this five-week gig.

Seattle Rep's doing a revival

of Private Lives.

I've been house-sitting

for a friend.

I've been looking for a sublet.

Wait. I'll make a phone call.

Don't move.


Do you like plants?


I can't believe this.

Something, isn't it?

Be it ever so humble.

This is unbelievable.

I know it's not much.

I've never seen anything like it.

Your friend must be loaded.

He's filthy with the stuff.

Here they are.

Water them daily after 6:00.

Daily after 6:

This is really nice of you.

One struggling actor helping another.

That's what it's about, right?

Just don't let the plants die.

Right. Where is he, anyway?

Alan's in Europe a lot.

You got a well-stocked bar,

rotating bed,

sauna and Jacuzzi

beyond the walk-in closets.

After I leave,

you can put your stuff away.

You're leaving now?

Yeah. I, uh...

I got time for one more drink

before my flight.

Man, what a setup.

This is great.

Isn't it?

Thank you.

Here's to a friendship I hope...

Wait, wait.

Let's do this right. Come here.

To Hollywood.

Yeah, to Hollywood.

What a view, huh?


That's just part of it.

There is one...

very special feature to this house.

What are you looking at?

Where are you?

There she is!

Show time!

Jake, I'd you to meet

my favorite neighbor.


See her?



It gets better.


What's she doing?

You'll see. Get closer.

You bet.

Holy cow.

She's a little out of focus.

Yes, yes, yes!

Hang on.

Does she do this a lot?

Like clockwork. Every night.

Every night?


What do you think?

Something, isn't it?

Lady does that every night.

Did you see her face?


She is gorgeous.

Oh, shit. I got to go.

Can I help?

All right.

Don't forget your scarf.

Here's the key.

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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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