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Play Misty for Me (1971)

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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Storyline

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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Release Date:

12 November 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Obsesión mortal  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$725,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$10,600,000
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Trivia

Both Fatal Attraction and Misery drew heavily on Misty in developing their plotlines; Fatal Attraction with it's story of an affair that goes terribly wrong; Misery with it's story of a deranged fan terrorizing her idol. 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 »

Quotes

David 'Dave' Garver: You haven't got the faintest idea of what love is, we don't even know each other.
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Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Beatniks (1992) See more »

Soundtracks

Feelin' Fine
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Performed by the Gator Creek Organization
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Eastwood's directorial debut is occasionally pedestrian, but he's helped by a solid script...
30 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

Too-careful shocker directed and starring Clint Eastwood involves a radio disc-jockey who gets seductive requests by telephone for the song "Misty"--he later meets the overly-friendly female fan and they share a fling, but she 'won't be ignored'. Tense thriller may have been the starting point for Adrian Lyne's "Fatal Attraction", though this one is far less slick. Sometimes an actor is so good in a role that it's impossible to see them as anyone else later in their career; such is the case with Jessica Walter, who nails this part of the psychotic woman--and seems to embody instability itself! Several scenes go on too long, the climax is so dark visually it is nearly incoherent, and there's a jazz festival interlude (and a romantic montage with Eastwood and Donna Mills) that feels like padding, but the central situation is unsettling, well-crafted and well-played. As for Walter, she had a tough time shaking off the affects left behind with this role, which of course is both pro and con. *** from ****


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