The Double

May 9th, 2014


The Double

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A clerk in a government agency finds his unenviable life takes a turn for the horrific with the arrival of a new co-worker who is both his exact physical double and his opposite - confident, charismatic and seductive with women.

Release Year: 2013

Rating: 7.3/10 (2,642 voted)

Critic's Score: 70/100

Director: Richard Ayoade

Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn

Simon is a timid man, scratching out an isolated existence in an indifferent world. He is overlooked at work, scorned by his mother, and ignored by the woman of his dreams. He feels powerless to change any of these things. The arrival of a new co-worker, James, serves to upset the balance. James is both Simons exact physical double and his opposite - confident, charismatic and good with women. To Simons horror, James slowly starts taking over his life.

Writers: Richard Ayoade, Fyodor Dostoevsky

Sally Hawkins - Receptionist
Jesse Eisenberg - Simon / James
Mia Wasikowska - Hannah
Noah Taylor - Harris
Chris O'Dowd - Nurse
Wallace Shawn - Mr. Papadopoulos
James Fox - The Colonel
Paddy Considine -
Cathy Moriarty - Kiki
Craig Roberts - Detective
Rade Serbedzija - Frightening Old Man
Gemma Chan -
Yasmin Paige - Melanie Papadopoulos
Nathalie Cox - Jack's wife
Christopher Morris -


Official Website: Official Facebook | Official site

Country: UK

Language: English

Release Date: 4 April 2014

Filming Locations: London, England, UK

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Did You Know?

An earlier version of this film, also based on Fyodor Dostoevsky's novel, and also to have been called The Double, came close to being made by director Roman Polanski in 1996. John Travolta was to have played the lead role alongside Isabelle Adjani, John Goodman and Jean Reno. Shooting was to have started in Paris in June 1996. However, just days before principal photography was due to begin, Travolta left the project after an argument with Polanski about alleged changes to the script and the film collapsed shortly afterwards. See more »

User Review


Rating: 3/10

After reading the reviews I thought it would be a great movie but was highly disappointed.

Brilliant acting but still a waste of time.

Don't understand how it's classed as comedy; it's a depressing movie that just drags on.

I thought I was the one who didn't understand the story line, but when I spoke to other people(who didn't leave before the movie finished), they also didn't have a clue about what happened.

Jesse Eisenberg was brilliant though and so were the other actors.

Overall wouldn't recommend watching this movie. There are plenty of better movies out at the moment.


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The Double

October 28th, 2011


The Double

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A retired CIA operative is paired with a young FBI agent to unravel the mystery of a senator's murder, with all signs pointing to a Soviet assassin.

Release Year: 2011

Rating: 5.8/10 (5,372 voted)

Critic's Score: 37/100

Director: Michael Brandt

Stars: Richard Gere, Topher Grace, Martin Sheen

Story kicks off with the mysterious murder of a senator bearing the marks of a Soviet assassin, who was long thought to be dead. To hunt down the killer, a retired CIA operative, who spent his career going toe-to-toe with his Soviet nemesis, is teamed with a young FBI agent.

Writers: Michael Brandt, Derek Haas

Richard Gere - Paul Shepherdson
Topher Grace - Ben Geary
Martin Sheen - Tom Highland
Tamer Hassan - Bozlovski
Stephen Moyer - Brutus
Chris Marquette - Oliver
Odette Annable - Natalie Geary (as Odette Yustman)
Stana Katic - Amber
Yuri Sardarov - Leo (as Yuriy Sardarov)
Ivan Fedorov - The Scrounger
Ed Kelly - Senator Dennis Darden
Jeffrey Pierce - Agent Weaver
Lawrence Gilliard Jr. - Agent Burton (as Larry Gilliard Jr.)
Mike Kraft - FBI Director Roger Bell
Andy Manning - EMT (as Andrew 'Sir' Manning)

Taglines: Keep your enemies close


Official Website: Image Entertainment [United States] | Official site [Japan] |

Release Date: 28 October 2011

Filming Locations: Detroit, Michigan, USA

Anachronisms: When they are in Paris in 1988 the American Embassy in Paris is flying the European Union flag.

User Review

A good film but it could have let the viewer think a bit more.

Rating: 7/10

Richard Gere plays "Paul Shepherdson," a decorated CIA veteran who is just pulled out of retirement & teamed up with new & upcoming agent, Ben Geary (Topher Grace) to find the truth about the Russian assassin "Cassius," who Shepherdson claimed to have killed years before. The intel says he lives & is now in the US. The movie follows the duo as the real truth of the matter comes closer, and things are not always as they seem, not like we haven't heard that line before in countless intelligence genre films. It just failed to deliver surprise as very early we are bombarded with hints as to who's who. All the elements where there, great actors & production but the script wasn't as brilliant as it could have been. They could have played out an extraordinary cat & mouse game if things in the script were changed. I did enjoy watching this and I give a 7/10 generously as I'm a fan of both Grace & Gere.

Also I would recommend a watch at least on the web, cause the ad campaign failed so horribly in marketing the film, maybe they could at least go VOD or STV cause it really deserves more.


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