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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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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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12 November 1971 (USA)  »

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Obsesión mortal  »

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$725,000 (estimated)

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$10,600,000
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Trivia

Steve McQueen turned down the lead role, claiming that the female lead was stronger than the male. See more »

Goofs

When DJ Dave Garver leaves the radio station KRML to go rescue Tobie, he puts on a 5" demo/air check reel on the tape recorder. A reel of this size could hold, at maximum, 600 ft. of tape. Playing at 7 1/2 ips (which is the speed most radio station recorders recorded/played music back at using 2 channel, 2 track recording - common for commercial/broadcast recorders), this would have given only 15 minutes of recorded music/voice before the tape ran out and "dead air" would have been transmitted from the station. Yet, Dave Garver made reference to Sgt. McCallum that Tobie lived way outside of town. The movie also conveys the driving time Dave Garver took to get to Tobie's house. Considering that, the fight scene at the house and when he leaves the house with Tobie at the end his request to play Misty is heard over the air, Dave would have had to mount a 10" reel containing 3600 ft. of tape (1.5 hours of recording at 7 1/2 ips). Radio stations would normally have had such reels for recording entire shows. They are not used for demo/air check tapes. See more »

Quotes

Jay Jay: Its nothing personal, I just happen to think she could be a first rate artist if her damn hormones didn't keep getting in the way.
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Connections

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

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The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Written by Ewan MacColl (uncredited)
Sung by Roberta Flack
and Produced by Joel Dorn
For Atlantic Records
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An impressive psychological thriller
22 April 2000 | by See all my reviews

This is quite an impressive, very 70s looking psycho-thriller that is sure to please.

Clint Eastwood plays Dave Garver, a radio DJ in southern California. One night, a woman calls requesting that he "Play Misty for me." Later, he meets the woman at a bar he goes to often, and they go back to her house together and make love. The next morning, he leaves, figuring it was just a one-night stand, but when he gets home, the woman, Evelyn Draper (Jessica Walter) shows up with groceries and starts to make herself at home. Dave decides to go with it, and later sees that his old girlfriend, Tobie Williams (Donna Mills), is back in town, and the two become close again. But Evelyn won't go away, and continues to follow Dave everywhere, and starts to get viciously jealous of Tobie. And as Dave and Tobie's relationship forms, Evelyn becomes angry and violent, and eventually, murderous, and Dave must find some way to stop her before she ruins his life, and potentially, kills him.

A very creepy movie. Jessica Walter is beyond convincing as the jealous psycho lover, and Clint Eastwood proves that he doesn't just do Dirty Harry movies. Donna Mills is also quite good as the innocent girlfriend. The movie implies and foreshadows a lot, making everything even scarier. But the best scene in the whole movie is the knife attack on the maid, Birdie. That scene competes with the shower scene in "Psycho" as one of the most shocking in film history. The way the camera darts and swings around, and Birdie's screams as she struggles and fights to get away, all add up to one of the scariest scenes I've every seen. The climax is quite good, if not executed a little too quickly, but what led to it was shocking enough to overshadow it.

All in all, a great film that I would definitely recommend.


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