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Play Misty for Me -- Clint Eastwood's directorial debut, Play Misty for Me, is the suspenseful thriller about a California disc jockey who has an affair with an obsessed fan turned dangerous.

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Director:
Writers:
Jo Heims (screenplay) and
Dean Riesner (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
12 November 1971 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
The scream you hear may be your own! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. See more »
User Reviews:
What a movie!!! See more (137 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Clint Eastwood ... Dave

Jessica Walter ... Evelyn

Donna Mills ... Tobie
John Larch ... Sgt. McCallum
Jack Ging ... Frank
Irene Hervey ... Madge

James McEachin ... Al Monte

Clarice Taylor ... Birdie
Don Siegel ... Murphy (as Donald Siegel)
Duke Everts ... Jay Jay
George Fargo ... Man
Mervin W. Frates ... Locksmith
Tim Frawley ... Deputy Sheriff
Otis Kadani ... Policeman
Brit Lind ... Anjelica
Paul E. Lippman ... 2nd Man
Jack Kosslyn ... Cab Driver
Ginna Patterson ... Madalyn
Malcolm Moran ... Man in Window
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cannonball Adderley ... Himself (uncredited)
Boyd Cabeen ... Ambulance Attendant (uncredited)
Cannonball Adderley and His Quartet ... Themselves (uncredited)
Barbara Chrysler ... Waitress (uncredited)
Don Hamilton ... Bar Patron (uncredited)
William J. Hanzelka ... Ambulance Attendant (uncredited)
Robert S. Holman ... Policeman (uncredited)
Johnny Otis ... Himself (uncredited)
James Rodriguez ... Policeman (uncredited)

Walter Scott ... Policeman (uncredited)
Walter Spear ... Policeman (uncredited)
William Tomlinson ... Intern (uncredited)

Directed by
Clint Eastwood 
 
Writing credits
Jo Heims (screenplay) and
Dean Riesner (screenplay)

Jo Heims (story)

Produced by
Robert Daley .... producer
Bob Larson .... associate producer
Jennings Lang .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Dee Barton 
 
Cinematography by
Bruce Surtees (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Carl Pingitore 
 
Art Direction by
Alexander Golitzen 
 
Set Decoration by
Ralph S. Hurst (set decorations) (as Ralph Hurst)
 
Costume Design by
Helen Colvig (costumes)
 
Makeup Department
Ginger Bishop .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Jack Freeman .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Bob Larson .... unit production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bob Larson .... assistant director
Michael Kusley .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Don Heitkotter .... painting
Carmel Foglia .... painter (uncredited)
Ed Keyes .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Robert L. Hoyt .... sound
Robert Martin .... sound
Waldon O. Watson .... sound
Jerry Whittington .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Jeannie Epper .... stunt double: Jessica W (uncredited)
Julie Ann Johnson .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Henry Fox .... still photographer (uncredited)
Gary Graham .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Earl Kennedy .... gaffer (uncredited)
Billy Simpson .... grip (uncredited)
Frank Stanley .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Robert C. Thomas .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brad Whitney .... wardrobe: Mr. Eastwood's (as Brad Whitney of Carmel)
Dan Chichester .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Dina Joseph .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Mike Deasy .... musician (uncredited)
Jerry Whittington .... music editor (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Sol Goldberg .... transportation captain (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Betty A. Griffin .... script supervisor (as Betty Abbott)
Jack Kosslyn .... dialogue coach
Jennings Lang .... presenter (as A Jennings Lang Presentation)
Jack Casey .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Don Wyman .... auditor (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Jimmy Lyons .... gratitude is expressed to: for The Monterey Jazz Festival with The Johnny Otis Show and The Cannonball Adderley Quintet
 
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Runtime:
102 min | Portugal:96 min (TV version)
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Color (Technicolor)
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | France:-12 | Germany:16 (DVD rating) | Iceland:12 | Norway:16 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (video re-rating) (2002) | UK:18 (video rating) (1985) | USA:R (MPAA rating: certificate #22848) | West Germany:18 (nf)

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Trivia:
The concert scenes were filmed live at the Monterey Jazz Festival.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: During the walkabout scenes at the Jazz Festival, there is a close-up shot of a baby. The camera's shadow is clearly visible on the baby.See more »
Quotes:
David 'Dave' Garver:I'm just trying to tell you something. I'm trying to tell you there's a telephone. I pick it up and I dial it.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Willie and the Hand JiveSee more »

FAQ

What game was Dave playing with the bartender?
What make and model of car does Dave drive?
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8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
What a movie!!!, 17 May 2009
Author: shafatqadri from Kashmir

Clint Eastwood never fails to amaze me. I have not seen a resume like what he has for an actor, a producer, a composer, a screenplay writer and a director, considering the fact he started off as a mere extra. Made his debut in 1955 as an actor and later turned into a producer and a director and is still going strong and looks fit for his age (Million Dollar Baby).

The beginning of the 1970s found Clint Eastwood either at or near the front ranks of actors who were considered sure box office, right up there with actors as diverse as Paul Newman and John Wayne. What caught a lot of people off guard in 1971, however, was when Eastwood, armed with the expertise he had gained working with Sergio Leone and Don Siegel, got into the business of directing. No one could have predicted that the Man With No Name would soon become the Man With A Big Name behind the camera. But that is indeed what happened; and his first effort both in front of and behind the camera was a winner: PLAY MISTY FOR ME Filmed in Carmel, California, 'Play Misty For Me' features Eastwood as a DJ at a local jazz radio station taking all-night requests.On a particular night he gets a call from a mysterious woman to "Play 'Misty' for me", referring to a classic Errol Garner song "Misty". As it turns out, that woman (Jessica Walter) has something of a fixation on Eastwood. Furthermore, when Eastwood meets back up with an old flame of his (Donna Mills), Walter's fixation takes a turn towards the psychotic.

At this time if you are thinking this sounds like Fatal Attraction starring Michael Douglas, you would be right. The plot is same somewhat but personally I like 'Play Misty For Me' more cause me being a huge fan of Clint Eastwood.

'Play Misty For Me' was not a perfect movie when it was released. There are a couple of awkward sequences that simply don't work at all in the film, but Eastwood recovers from such scenes and makes some very good and mature directorial choices as the film progresses.

Featuring of a cameo role from Eastwood's mentor Don Siegel as his local bartender, 'Play Misty For Me', despite some slightly misogynistic overtones, is an incredibly suspenseful work of film-making and shows the first glimpse of just how good Clint Eastwood would become both in front of and behind the camera.

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