Body Double (1984)

35mm film, Metrocolor, 1.85:1
Dolby Stereo, English

An American borderline horror film directed by Brian De Palma.

Plot Summary

Jake Scully is having a bad day – he's fired from his acting job when he suffers a attack and then finds his girlfriend in bed with another man. But his luck changes when he meets fellow actor Sam who asks him to take over house-sitting a luxury pad in the Hollywood Hills with a fabulous view – of neighbour Gloria Revelle who does a sexy dance every night. But Scully witnesses the woman's murder and when he attempts to unravel the mystery he begins to realise that nothing he saw was quite as it first seemed…


Director: Brian De Palma
Columbia Pictures Corporation, Delphi II
Executive Producer: Howard Gottfried
Producer: Brian De Palma
Script: Robert J. Avrech, Brian De Palma
Story: Brian De Palma
Director of Photography: Stephen H. Burum
Editors: Gerald B. Greenberg, Bill Pankow
Music: Pino Donaggio
Sound Mixer: James Tanenbaum
Costume Designer: Gloria Gresham
Make-up: Barbara Guedel
Hair: Marlene Williams
Special Make-up: Thomas R. Burman, Bari Dreiband
Production Designer: Ida Random

Craig Wasson (Jake Scully)
Melanie Griffith (Holly)
Gregg Henry (Sam)
Deborah Shelton (Gloria Revelle)
Guy Boyd (Jim McLean)
Dennis Franz (Rubin)
David Haskell (drama teacher)
Rebecca Stanley (Kimberly)
Al Israel (Corso)
Douglas Warhit (video salesman)
B.J. Jones (Douglas)
Russ Marin (Frank)
Lane Davies (Billy)
Barbara Crampton (Carol)
Larry ‘Flash' Jenkins (assistant director Joe)
Monte Landis (Sid Goldberg)
Linda Shaw (Linda Shaw)
Mindi Miller [real name: Ty Randolph] (Tina)
Denise Loveday (actress in vampire moovie)
Gela Jacobson (Corso's secretary)

Alternative Titles

Omicidio a luci rosse – Italian title
Der Tod kommt zweimal – German title

See also
American Psycho (2000)
If Looks Could Kill (1987)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
Tenebre (1982)
Vertigo (1958)

Production Notes

Censorship History
The UK video was originally cut, removing an implied fisting scene and a shot of breasts covered in blood. The uncut version was nevertheless broadcast a number of times on the Sky Movie channels.



  • L'Écran Fantastique no.52 (January 1985) p.11 – note (Les prochaines sorties)
  • Delirium no.26 (2021) pp.6-9 – illustrated interview with Pino Donaggio (Melodies of madness and monsters by Michael Gingold)
  • Melody Maker 13 April 1984 p.3 (UK) – article
  • New Musical Express 21 September 1985 p.24 – review
  • Première February 1985 p.15 – review (by Michèle Halberstadt)
  • Record Mirror 21 September 1985 p.54 – review
  • Sounds 14 September 1985 p.16 – review
  • Sounds 27 April 1985 p.13 (UK) – article


  • Daily Express 20 October 1985 p.39 – review
  • Daily Mail 20 September 1985 p.26 – review
  • Daily Mail 21 November 1984 p.6 – article
  • Diário de Notícias 18 August 1999 p.47 – review
  • Mail on Sunday 22 September 1985 p.38 – review
  • Sunday Observer 22 September 1985 p.323 – review
  • Sunday Telegraph 22 September 1985 p.16 – review


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.391 – illustrated credits, review
  • The Columbia Checklist: The Feature Films, Cartoons, Serials and Short Subjects of Columbia Pictures, 1922-1988 by Len D. Martin p.37 – credits
  • Hoffman's Guide to Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.52 – credits, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.57 – credits
  • X-Rated Videotape Guide VI p.118 – credits, review

Other sources

  • Sex, Shocks and Sadism p.16 – credits, review