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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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Release Date:

12 November 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Obsesión mortal  »

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$725,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Flip Wilson was originally considered for the role James McEachin plays in the film. See more »


As Dave drives towards Tobie's at the end of the film it's beginning to get light. When he arrives, it's pitch black again. See more »


David 'Dave' Garver: Hello?
Sgt. McCallum: Garver!
David 'Dave' Garver: Yeah.
Sgt. McCallum: Sgt McCallum. Sorry to wake you but something has come up.
David 'Dave' Garver: Yeah I know, she just paid me a visit with a butcher knife.
Sgt. McCallum: Why? Because she was released on parole pending further legal action.
David 'Dave' Garver: When?
Sgt. McCallum: A week ago.
David 'Dave' Garver: Well I sure like the way you broke your ass to let me know about it!
Sgt. McCallum: I just found out about it myself.
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Referenced in The Betty White Show: Play Misty for John (1978) See more »


Composed and Performed by Erroll Garner
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Eastwood's directorial debut is occasionally pedestrian, but he's helped by a solid script...
30 April 2006 | by (las vegas, nv) – 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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