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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 »
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Edge-Of-Your-Seat Thriller See more (132 total) »

Cast

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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 (as Bob Larson)
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  (as Ralph Hurst)
 
Costume Design by
Helen Colvig 
 
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 (as Bob Larson)
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 (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
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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102 min | Portugal:96 min (TV version)
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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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 | West Germany:18 (nf)
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Flip Wilson was originally considered for the role James McEachin plays in the film.See more »
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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 »
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David 'Dave' Garver:Al, you ever find yourself being completely smothered by somebody?
Al Monte:Anybody I know?
David 'Dave' Garver:Yeah, you met her at my house the other day.
Al Monte:Ooooo - chicken delight! Well that's what I call some pretty good smotherin' cousin.
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52 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
Edge-Of-Your-Seat Thriller, 23 April 2001
Author: jhclues from Salem, Oregon

Clint Eastwood made his directorial debut with this 1971 suspense/thriller, `Play Misty for Me,' in which he also stars as Dave Garver, a late night radio disc jockey for a small station in Carmel, California. During his show, he opens the phones to take requests, at which times a frequent caller-- a woman named Evelyn (Jessica Walter)-- always asks for the same tune, `Misty.' Her obsession, it turns out, is not with that particular record, but with Garver, who is currently sorting out a relationship gone bad with a young artist, Tobie (Donna Mills), but which may be on the mend in light of the fact that Tobie has just returned to town after a lengthy absence in the wake of their breakup. In the interim, Garver has become entangled with Evelyn, a fan he soon discovers gives new meaning to the term `fanatic.'

Eastwood invades Hitchcock territory with this film, which it turns out was indeed a harbinger of the course his career would take from this point on, that of directing and starring in his own movies. With this one, it's apparent that he had that special touch from the beginning; he knows unequivocally what he likes, what works and how to deliver it. The only weakness in the film (if you can even call it a weakness), would be the use of longshots during a couple of scenes between Garver and Tobie that take place on the coast. It adds a scenic vista for a backdrop, but listening to the dialogue with the actors in the distance gives it a dialogue-added-later feeling. It's a minor flaw, however, that takes nothing away from the overall impact of the film, especially as Eastwood establishes a deliberate pace that allows the tension to mount throughout.

It would seem that for an actor to direct himself would be a monumental undertaking, especially the first time, but Eastwood proves here what has been corroborated over the years and with his films since, that he is his own best director. And it's a club to which few actor/directors belong, which puts him in the elite company of Welles, Branagh and most recently, Ed Harris (with `Pollock'), just to name a few of the select. As Garver, a minor celebrity whose biggest fan turns out to be his worst nightmare, Eastwood is thoroughly convincing, and though this may not be one of his most memorable roles, it is certainly well acted, and delivered with that subtle Eastwood charm.

Jessica Walter combines just the right amount of beauty, charm and menace for her role of Evelyn, which just may be her most memorable performance ever. She creates a character who is smoothly confident, if slightly vulnerable, and prone to instantaneous bursts of psychotic anger. It's an honest portrait of an extremely disturbed individual with the ability to conceal the true nature-- and danger-- of her mental state. Exceptionally well realized by Walter, Evelyn could be the older sister of Stephen King's Annie in `Misery,' a role for which Kathy Bates received an Oscar for Best Actress some twenty years after Walter inhabited the body of Evelyn.

The supporting cast includes John Larch (Sergeant McCallum), Jack Ging (Frank), Irene Hervey (Madge), James McEachin (Al Monte), Clarice Taylor (Birdie) and Don Siegel (Murphy). A film that will have you on the edge of your seat by the end, `Play Misty for Me' withstands the test of time and works every bit as well today as when it was originally released. A tale from the dark side, it's engrossing entertainment that may give you second thoughts about that casual acquaintance you've just invited to your house for dinner. Eastwood chose a perfect setting for his film, using one of the most beautiful spots along the California coast as a background against which to contrast the grisly events of the story. It all adds up to a wild ride for the audience, and an auspicious debut for Eastwood as the Man Behind the Camera. I rate this one 8/10.

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