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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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Jo Heims (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
12 November 1971 (USA) See more »
The scream you hear may be your own! See more »
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 »
Nominated for Golden Globe. See more »
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Before there was "Swimfan," before there was "Fatal Attraction," there was "Play Misty For Me" See more (141 total) »


  (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)
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)
Jimmy Lyons .... gratitude is expressed to: for The Monterey Jazz Festival with The Johnny Otis Show and The Cannonball Adderley Quintet
Crew verified as complete

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102 min | Portugal:96 min (TV version)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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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Steve McQueen turned down the lead role, claiming that the female lead was stronger than the male.See more »
Continuity: When Dave and Tobie are walking on the seashore Dave is seen on the right of her in a long shot but when the angle is changed to medium he is on the left and back on her right when the angle is changed again.See more »
Al Monte:Well you know what they always say my man, "He who lives by the sword shall die by the sword".
David 'Dave' Garver:Don't let the door hit you on the ass on the way out, huh.
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22 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Before there was "Swimfan," before there was "Fatal Attraction," there was "Play Misty For Me", 11 October 2002
Author: mattymatt4ever from Jersey City, NJ

This movie, I suppose, was the first nice-guy-being-stalked-by-psycho-female thriller. And it's quite damn good. Modern audiences might feel the film was too low-key, but I found it very suspenseful. This proves you don't need eerie music (there's very little score on the soundtrack) and continuous gore to create suspense. Jessica Walter is terrifying--maybe not as terrifying as Glenn Close in "Fatal Attraction," but she comes pretty close. It's fun--and somewhat hilarious--to see Clint Eastwood as a young man with LOTS of hair. This was his first directorial effort, and he did a fine job. Over 30 years, the premise has become all-too-familiar, so unfortunately the story is predictable. Maybe 1970's audiences found it more shocking. But I was able to predict who would die and when. Nevertheless, I still found "Play Misty For Me" very entertaining and very well-acted. But what was with that jazz concert scene? Clint definitely should've left that on the cutting room floor.

My score: 7 (out of 10)

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