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Play Misty for Me (1971)

R  |   |  Thriller  |  12 November 1971 (USA)
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A brief fling between a male disc jockey and an obsessed female fan takes a frightening, and perhaps even deadly turn when another woman enters the picture.

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Disc jockey Dave Garver attracts the amorous attentions of a demented fan named Evelyn Draper. Evelyn lets Dave pick her up at a bar; later at her apartment Evelyn admits that she is the cooing caller who repeatedly asks Dave to play the Erroll Garner classic "Misty." From then on, the film is a lesson in how one casual date can turn your whole life around. Evelyn stalks Dave everywhere, ruins his business lunch, assaults his maid, mutilates his house and all of his belongings, and finally threatens to butcher his girlfriend Tobie Williams. You'll never be able to hear that song again without looking over your shoulder. Written by alfiehitchie

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Obsesión mortal  »

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$725,000 (estimated)
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The concert scenes were filmed live at the Monterey Jazz Festival. See more »

Goofs

When Evelyn is on the phone at the airport, she tells Dave that she has a job in Hawaii and she reads a line from a poem "Because this maiden she lived with no other thought than to be loved by you." Later on, Dave is reading a book before he rescues Tobie, Evelyn's voice over says the same line, but the line in the book that Dave is reading says "And this maiden she lived with no other thought than to be loved and be loved by me." See more »

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Evelyn: Why didn't you take my call?
David 'Dave' Garver: Where does it say that I gotta drop what I'm doing and answer the phone every time it rings?
Evelyn: Do you know your nostrils flare out into little wings when you're mad? It's kinda cute.
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Referenced in Evening Shade: Play Herman for Me (1992) See more »

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Misty
Composed and Performed by Erroll Garner
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Ahead Of Its Day With This Theme
6 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This was "Fatal Attraction" 16 years before that famous movie was made.

The problem with this tense drama was credibility. There are several instances where just about everyone with a brain would avoid trouble by doing the sensible thing....except the character in here, of course. Also, being honest is the obvious thing to do here and, of course, that's not done either.

Nevertheless, it's a taut thriller with Jessica Walter doing a great job playing a nutcase stalker "Evelyn Draper." I also enjoyed watching Donna Mills. An appealing actress, and not just because of a pretty face, I wonder she didn't do more films? After this movie, it's been almost all television roles for her.

So-so mono sound and poor picture quality helped me eventually trade my VHS copy in but, with a nice DVD transfer now available, I might check this movie out again. Clint Eastwood, the male lead here, has rarely been in a boring movie, and this is no exception.


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