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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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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 »
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Eastwood's powerful debut and one of the best suspense films of the 70's See more (140 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:
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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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All filming was completed in a month.See more »
Revealing mistakes: In the scene where Evelyn creates a disturbance as Dave is having a business meeting with an executive from a San Francisco station, there is a close-up of the box containing the audition tape he originally sent to the station she runs. The return address reads Dave Garver, Radio K.M.R.L. (not K.R.M.L).See more »
Al Monte:Girl thinks you've been working too hard, man. She says we should get together and go out tonight, blast the town open a little taste.See more »
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44 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
Eastwood's powerful debut and one of the best suspense films of the 70's, 28 May 2002
Author: Mika Pykäläaho ( from Järvenpää, Finland

In the early 70's Clint Eastwood was very anxious to direct a movie of his own and the producers gave him the opportunity to do so with one simple condition: he wouldn't be receiving a paycheck from his work. Eastwood accepted this offer eagerly, directed "Play Misty for me" and the rest is, as we all know, movie history. "Play Misty for me" is a modest little thriller but it's more effective than a thousand electric shocks. Plot is rather simple but quite spectacular and Clint had the talent to tell it in a real exciting, stylish, strong, gripping and entertaining way. If someone's claiming that the story could never happen in reality I can only answer that it's impossible for me to agree. I actually used to date a girl who was annoyingly lot like Jessica Walter's Evelyn. More realistic the movie feels like, more powerful the experience obviously is and to me this film was almost frightfully realistic. Acting is superb. Eastwood's delivers a fantastic performance as Dave Garver and Jessica Walter is insanely great. One of the most sympathetic details of "Play Misty for me" is the fact that Clint gave a small supporting role of Murphy the bartender to his dearest friend and mentor Don Siegel.

Siegel himself directed Clint in five movie classics: "Coogan's bluff", "Two mules for sister Sara", "The Beguiled", "Dirty Harry" and "Escape from Alcatraz". In the famous scene Dave Garver and Murphy are playing an absurd game called "Cry Bastion". Clint admitted in the DVD documentary that there's no such game at all - they were just fooling around and improvising the game while playing it and that makes the scene twice as amusing. I adore almost every moment of "Play Misty for me" but unfortunately somewhere in the middle of the film there's couple of totally unnecessary sequences. Other one is like an overromantic music video of a song "First time ever I saw your face" and afterwards there's a scene that makes the movie look more like a jazz festival documentary than a serious thriller and it needlessly breaks the excitement. Without those two scenes I would give "Play Misty for me" 10 out of 10. But now I'll have to settle with "only" 9/10. "Play Misty for me" started Eastwood's directorial career and it still remains to be one of the most powerful motion picture debuts acting director has ever made. It is such a terrific and marvelous suspense film it's almost touching to watch. This movie is an adorable classic and after 21 movies Clint has directed since, "Play Misty for me" has definitely place in the better half.

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