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I've been a big fan of Brian De Palma films for a long time. And this one is easily one of my favorites of his. Other films of his that I enjoy very much are such classics as: Scarface, Carrie, Casualties of War, The Untouchables, Obsession, Dressed to Kill...(ect).
De Palma's work has often been compared to the that of Alfred Hitchc0ck. And this movie is one of the best examples of why. In fact, one can easily see similarities to 3 Hitchc0ck classics in this movie, (Rear Window, Vertigo, Dial "M" for Murder.) But that doesn't make this movie any less appealing. It blends awesome Hitchc0ck-style suspense with a good dose of the erotics that make for a great memorable film, (if you can get past the cheesy acting. heh.)
I highly recommend this movie for anyone who's a fan of old Hitchc0ck-style suspense and drama.



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Excellent movie!
Very stylish poster too!

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Loved this movie, al though I always thought Bill Maher had the lead, I guess he looked like him. What can I say? A great thriller with the steam factor increased with Deborah Shelton and Melanie Griffith.
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Originally posted by Riptide:
Loved this movie, al though I always thought Bill Maher had the lead, I guess he looked like him. What can I say? A great thriller with the steam factor increased with Deborah Shelton and Melanie Griffith.

Yeah, he does look like Bill Maher...

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I just recently got a copy of tis movie, but haven't watched it yet...I'll let you know what I think.
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Loved this movie. It was fun to watch with a bunch of people when i was in college. Melanie Griffith was HOT back then. Way before she messed up her face.
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Always liked this film...I wasn't the biggest fan of the ending though, bit of a let down for me. Pino Donaggio's score is a great one as well!
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Just watched the dvd - It does remind me of Rear Window, Vertigo & Dial M for Murder! Buy it if you ain't got it!!
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quote:
Just watched the dvd - It does remind me of Rear Window, Vertigo & Dial M for Murder! Buy it if you ain't got it!!
I think that pretty much sums up most of DePalma's career; "It reminded me of... [insert Hitch**** film here]"
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sadly true...but he still did some awesome movies.
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Great 80's visual feel to "Body Double".. that house he voyeured from was quite bizarre looking. Holly Body was such a classic name for Melanie Griffith's character.

Pyro.. not a fan of "Blow Out"?

"Scarface" is my fav from your list.. incredible flick.

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Saw it in the theater, 1st DePalma flick-(I'd tried to watch Dressed to Kill but too young so too scary). Holly Body-can't go wrong with a name like that [Smile]
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Great 80's visual feel to "Body Double".. that house he voyeured from was quite bizarre looking. Holly Body was such a classic name for Melanie Griffith's character.

Pyro.. not a fan of "Blow Out"?

"Scarface" is my fav from your list.. incredible flick.


I grew up in the Long Beach/Anaheim area of California...not too far from where this movie was shot. And I can tell you there were quite alot of hillside homes that looked like that in the area. Some looked even more bizarre than others.
..And yes, I did also like Blow Out.

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have not seen this one so will give this a look. i remember seeing this cover on the shelf when i was younger and thinking ooooo
as for scarface...i know im a minority but i didnt like it one bit. I didnt like the god fathers either. I dont like mafia movies at all, nothing against them, i just dont get em like em or want to see them. They just bore the hell outta me.

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You're not as much a minority as you think Willy..I've run across quite alot of people who don't enjoy the mafia films either. But if you want to check out this movie, you needn't worry...it's nothing like any of those mob movies.
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Body Double is a true masterpiece. The twisted eighties-born lovechild of Rear Window , Vertigo and some sleazy soft-porno flick... Love it!!!
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Rewatched Body Double which is pure De Palma greatness.

The cast rocks. Graig Wasson is good as the uncertain b-movie actor Jake Scully and Greg Henry is cool in a role tailor-made for John Lithgow. (who wasn´t available i believe).

And the girls! Whoah! Deborah Shelton is supersexy and Brian basically saved Melanie Griffith´s career.
Add Dennis Franz who plays the director (De Palma) and always lovely Barbara Crampton as the cheating girlfriend.

The first hour includes stalkin and even more stalking and then we can see one of the greatest murder scenes ever filmed.
After that De Palma takes us deep into the porn world which is interesting to say the least.

Los Angeles looks fantastic and we have a synth-heavy but still amazing Pino Donaggio score.
It´s a wicked but fun ride!

Deberah Shelton before...

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Great movie with a surprise ending. I think it has been a staple on Comcast video on demand.
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Body Double, while never mentioned as first-tier DePalma, is fantastic. From the very clever film-within-a-film to the Hitchcockian device of the hero's claustrophobia, it's a beautifully filmed, exciting thriller where all the elements work. And Melanie Griffith gave an excellent, Oscar-worthy performance based on 80s porn star Sekka. You gotta love DePalma tweaking the noses of his critics by filming that murder scene with the very big power drill. ROFL Not to mention, I also love the way he just stops the movie to integrate a terrific Frankie Goes to Hollywood music video. DePalma's detractors are all wet; the guy is a genius--and one of the best directors of all time.
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This has always been my go to De Palma movie whenever someone asks which of his movies they should check out. Dressed To Kill, Carrie, and Blow Out are no slouches either though and any of those are great choices as well. But Body Double just showcases De Palma's Hitchcockian style and influence the best I think.

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Blow Out is still tops for me, but I have a soft spot for Body Double too. Great stuff.
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Body Double is seriously good but yeah I'd say Blow Out is still where it's at for me,what an ending and Travolta I feel has never been better!

De Palma's Raising Cain which I initially hated on first viewing when I revisited some years back and then again more recently I thought was a great film and quite underatted!

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YW, have you seen the fan re-edit of Raising Cain? Apparently, DePalma had it all put together in a completely different order, but right before release he recut it to the way that it is now on DVD and Bluray, that is, the theatrical version. Some very enterprising fan got the original script and re-edited it back to the original cut. (I think that it was up on YouTube.) I didn't like the film when I first saw it so I gave the fan-cut a chance. It's better--and DePalma apparently thinks so too--but I still don't think it's good DePalma. It's just too much of a weak self-homage, "best of" reel, like Carpenter's "Ghosts of Mars," which was also pretty weak. Arguably Argento's "greatest hits" film, Sleepless, though was his last good film.

Check out that re-edit. It feels like a completely different film.

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No I've heard about about the fan re-edit before Crash but never actually seen it,certainly will look at tracking it down.


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You mentioning about Director's falling from grace yeah Argento takes some beating and I agree Sleepless was fairly decent and the last pic of his I actually enjoyed and went onto purchase but since then I couldn't even make it half way through Mother Of Tears the last time I watched it,Giallo felt a bit of a drag,not seen The Card Player but heard mixed messages and Dracula 3d with Rutger Hauer is meant to be terrible!

Sadly I really do think now that he (Argento) is past it and that all he will do is damage his reputation with each progressively bad stinker!

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