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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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Ahead Of Its Day With This Theme 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
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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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Set in Carmel, CA, where Clint Eastwood lived and became mayor in 1986.See more »
Continuity: When Evelyn is on the phone at the airport, she tells Dave that she has a job in Hawaii and she reads a line from a poem "Because this maiden she lived with no other thought than to be loved by you." Later on, Dave is reading a book before he rescues Tobie, Evelyn's voice over says the same line, but the line in the book that Dave is reading says "And this maiden she lived with no other thought than to be loved and be loved by me."See more »
Evelyn:Why didn't you take my call?
David 'Dave' Garver:Where does it say that I gotta drop what I'm doing and answer the phone every time it rings?
Evelyn:Do you know your nostrils flare out into little wings when you're mad? It's kinda cute.
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40 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
Ahead Of Its Day With This Theme, 6 July 2006
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

This was "Fatal Attraction" 16 years before that famous movie was made.

The problem with this tense drama was credibility. There are several instances where just about everyone with a brain would avoid trouble by doing the sensible thing....except the character in here, of course. Also, being honest is the obvious thing to do here and, of course, that's not done either.

Nevertheless, it's a taut thriller with Jessica Walter doing a great job playing a nutcase stalker "Evelyn Draper." I also enjoyed watching Donna Mills. An appealing actress, and not just because of a pretty face, I wonder she didn't do more films? After this movie, it's been almost all television roles for her.

So-so mono sound and poor picture quality helped me eventually trade my VHS copy in but, with a nice DVD transfer now available, I might check this movie out again. Clint Eastwood, the male lead here, has rarely been in a boring movie, and this is no exception.

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