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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 »
Genre:
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:
A classic thriller that was ahead of its time! See more (135 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:
Clint Eastwood's directorial debut.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Evelyn:I should've known you'd never do anything to spoil it.
David 'Dave' Garver:To spoil what?
Evelyn:What we have between us.
David 'Dave' Garver:We don't have a goddam thing between us.
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Soundtrack:
Country PreacherSee more »

FAQ

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18 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
A classic thriller that was ahead of its time!, 4 December 2008
Author: AngryChair from Brentwood, USA

The directorial debut for Clint Eastwood was this classic suspense thriller that's both intelligent and shocking.

Dashing California DJ has a one night stand with an obsessive fan, who will have his love at ANY cost!

While a bit on the dated side, Play Misty for Me still works well as a steely, nail-biter of a film. The film's premise is clever, especially for its time, and escalates into an intense suspense piece. Eastwood's direction is well-done, nicely using the coastal filming locations. Eastwood also builds some great sequences of shock and tension, especially for the films edgy climax.

Eastwood himself does a great performance as the tormented DJ. Jessica Walter however steals the show. Walter's performance is absolutely powerful and she comes off as one of the best psycho-females of cinematic history! She's simply unforgettable.

A suspense masterpiece through and through, Play Misty for Me has since gone on to be quite an influential film and one that well-stands the test of time. Thriller fans should not miss it!

**** out of ****

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