Play Misty for Me (1971) Poster


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When Clint Eastwood told Universal executive Lew Wasserman that he wanted to direct the film, Wasserman agreed, on the condition that Eastwood waive his usual acting fee, which he did.
Given complete freedom by Universal Pictures, Clint Eastwood finished shooting four days ahead of schedule and $50,000 under budget.
Set in Carmel, CA, where Clint Eastwood lived and became mayor in 1986.
Jean Shepherd claimed that "Play Misty for Me" was based on a real-life incident in which he was stalked by a female fan, which culminated in her trying to stab him.
Steve McQueen turned down the lead role, claiming that the female lead was stronger than the male.
Clint Eastwood's directorial debut.
All filming was completed in a month.
The first scene Clint Eastwood shot was his former director Don Siegel's cameo as Murph the bartender. As a joke, Eastwood made Siegel do 11 takes - then told the cameraman to put the film in the camera.
Universal Pictures originally wanted Lee Remick cast in the role of Evelyn, but director Clint Eastwood had been impressed with Jessica Walter's performance in Sidney Lumet's film The Group (1966), and cast her instead.
In one of the film's early scenes, Al Monte is heard telling his listeners that the Monterey Jazz Festival is four months away. Based on the events that unfold, that would mean that the film covers a time span of slightly over four months.
The concert scenes were filmed live at the Monterey Jazz Festival.
Flip Wilson was originally considered for the role James McEachin plays in the film.


The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

At the end of the movie, when Evelyn is seen floating in the sea, that is actually Jessica Walter, not a stand-in or a body double.

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