Downtrodden Simon James (Jesse Eisenberg) has worked at his office for seven years, but he is ignored by his boss and colleagues. From his apartment he spies on a coworker he admires, Hannah (Mia Wasikowska), who lives in the apartment opposite. He sees her throwing away art and secretly retrieves and admires it. Simon sees a man jump to his death from the floor above Hannah's apartment. He talks to detectives, who explain that if the man had jumped a few feet to the right, he would have been badly hurt but would have survived. Simon's boss (Wallace Shawn) announces the arrival of a new employee, James Simon (also played by Eisenberg), who looks identical to Simon, which causes Simon to faint upon first glance. Assertive and charming, James is Simon's polar opposite. Much to Simon's annoyance, James not only gets respect from their co-workers but no one seems to notice the striking resemblance between the two. James, on the other hand, does notice this and sees Simon's pain. Out of pity, he decides to buddy-up with Simon and give him advice about how to seduce Hannah. Hannah then asks him on a date through Simon. On the date, Simon pretends to be James, with the real James giving him instructions via earpiece. When Simon becomes nervous, the two swap places and James kisses Hannah, angering Simon. James asks Simon to take an aptitude test in his place and seduces their boss's surly, rebellious daughter, Melanie (Yasmin Paige), whom Simon was reluctantly hired to tutor. Simon gets his revenge on James by revealing to Hannah that James is cheating on her with Melanie. Furious, James blackmails Simon for his apartment keys using explicit photos he took of himself with Melanie, knowing their boss will believe it is Simon in the photos. At work, Simon accuses James of being an imposter and is fired after going on a maniacal tirade. As he is about to kill himself, he sees Hannah lying unconscious in her apartment. He calls an ambulance and escorts her to the hospital, where it's revealed that she not only overdosed but also miscarried (she had become pregnant after a sexual encounter with James). Simon then takes Hannah back home, relieved that she's alright. She remains ungrateful, however, stating that she wanted to die and suggesting that Simon kill himself. She goes through Simon's jacket pockets and discovers her art. Simon learns his mother has died and finds James at her funeral. Simon punches him and discovers that they share injuries; as James's nose bleeds, so does Simon's. He finds Hannah and tells her he wants to be noticed. He goes to his apartment and handcuffs the sleeping James to his bed, then goes to the ledge above Hannah's apartment, steps to the right, and jumps. He survives but is badly hurt. Hannah runs to him and an ambulance arrives. Lacking medical attention, the handcuffed James appears to be on the brink of death as he lies motionless on the apartment floor. Within the ambulance The Colonel (James Fox) and Hannah watch over Simon. The Colonel tells Simon that he is "special", to which the latter responds with a half-smile, "I'd like to think I'm pretty unique".

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The Double (2013)

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Drama/Suspense/Thriller · 1h 33m · 5/9/2014

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Downtrodden Simon James (Jesse Eisenberg) has worked at his office for seven years, but he is ignored by his boss and colleagues. From his apartment he spies on a coworker he admires, Hannah (Mia Wasikowska), who lives in the apartment opposite. He sees her throwing away art and secretly retrieves and admires it. Simon sees a man jump to his death from the floor above Hannah's apartment. He talks to detectives, who explain that if the man had jumped a few feet to the right, he would have been badly hurt but would have survived. Simon's boss (Wallace Shawn) announces the arrival of a new employee, James Simon (also played by Eisenberg), who looks identical to Simon, which causes Simon to faint upon first glance. Assertive and charming, James is Simon's polar opposite. Much to Simon's annoyance, James not only gets respect from their co-workers but no one seems to notice the striking resemblance between the two. James, on the other hand, does notice this and sees Simon's pain. Out of pity, he decides to buddy-up with Simon and give him advice about how to seduce Hannah. Hannah then asks him on a date through Simon. On the date, Simon pretends to be James, with the real James giving him instructions via earpiece. When Simon becomes nervous, the two swap places and James kisses Hannah, angering Simon. James asks Simon to take an aptitude test in his place and seduces their boss's surly, rebellious daughter, Melanie (Yasmin Paige), whom Simon was reluctantly hired to tutor. Simon gets his revenge on James by revealing to Hannah that James is cheating on her with Melanie. Furious, James blackmails Simon for his apartment keys using explicit photos he took of himself with Melanie, knowing their boss will believe it is Simon in the photos. At work, Simon accuses James of being an imposter and is fired after going on a maniacal tirade. As he is about to kill himself, he sees Hannah lying unconscious in her apartment. He calls an ambulance and escorts her to the hospital, where it's revealed that she not only overdosed but also miscarried (she had become pregnant after a sexual encounter with James). Simon then takes Hannah back home, relieved that she's alright. She remains ungrateful, however, stating that she wanted to die and suggesting that Simon kill himself. She goes through Simon's jacket pockets and discovers her art. Simon learns his mother has died and finds James at her funeral. Simon punches him and discovers that they share injuries; as James's nose bleeds, so does Simon's. He finds Hannah and tells her he wants to be noticed. He goes to his apartment and handcuffs the sleeping James to his bed, then goes to the ledge above Hannah's apartment, steps to the right, and jumps. He survives but is badly hurt. Hannah runs to him and an ambulance arrives. Lacking medical attention, the handcuffed James appears to be on the brink of death as he lies motionless on the apartment floor. Within the ambulance The Colonel (James Fox) and Hannah watch over Simon. The Colonel tells Simon that he is "special", to which the latter responds with a half-smile, "I'd like to think I'm pretty unique".

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Status

Released

Language

English

Country

United Kingdom

Production Companies

British Film Institute (BFI), Attercop Productions, Alcove Entertainment

Revenue

$1,500,000
Cast
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Jesse Eisenberg

Simon / James
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Kierston Wareing

James' Funeral Date
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Paddy Considine

'The Replicator' - Jack (as PT Kommandor)
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Gemma Chan

'The Replicator' - Glamourous Judge
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Bhanu Alley

Diner Customer
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Daniel Chapple

Executive Worker
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Nathalie Cox

Jack's Wife
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Martin Crossingham

Paramedic
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Catherine Delaloye

Air Hostess
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Lukas DiSparrow

Resident
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Donal Cox

Priest
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Joanna Finata

Attractive Bar Girl
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Zoe Grisedale

Air Hostess
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Sally Hawkins

Receptionist at Ball
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Luke Hope

Customer
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Christopher Morris

Workers' Services Executive
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Yasmin Paige

Melanie Papadopoulos
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Rade Serbedzija

Frightening Old Man
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Georgie-May Tearle

Air Hostess
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Natalia Warner

The Girl
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Mia Wasikowska

Hannah
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Jeanie Gold

Waitress
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Danny

Singer (uncredited)
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Chris O'Dowd

Nurse
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Morrison Thomas

Coughing Man
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Wallace Shawn

Mr. Papadopoulos
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Noah Taylor

Harris
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James Fox

The Colonel
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Cathy Moriarty

Kiki
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Phyllis Somerville

Simon's Mother
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Lloyd Woolf

Investigator
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Gabrielle Downey

Strange Woman
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Craig Roberts

Young Detective
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Kobna Holdbrook-Smith

Guard / Doctor
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Susan Blommaert

Liz
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Bruce Byron

Skinhead
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J. Mascis

Janitor
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Tony Rohr

Rudolph
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Karima Riachy

Secretary
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Tim Key

Care Worker
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Andrew Gruen

Man on Train
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Jon Korkes

Detective
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Chuen Tsou

Eskimo (uncredited)
Crew
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Richard Ayoade

Writer
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Richard Ayoade

Director
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Fyodor Dostoevsky

Writer
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Avi Korine

Writer
Disc Releases
Disc Title Front Cover

The Double

(DVD)

8/26/2014

Disc Title Front Cover

The Double

(Blu-ray)

8/26/2014

Disc Title Front Cover

Sons of Anarchy: Season Four

(DVD)

8/28/2012

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