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Play Misty for Me (1971)

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.

Director:

Clint Eastwood

Writers:

Jo Heims (screenplay), Dean Riesner (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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 Duke Everts ... Jay Jay
George Fargo George Fargo ... Man
Mervin W. Frates Mervin W. Frates ... Locksmith
Tim Frawley Tim Frawley ... Deputy Sheriff
Otis Kadani Otis Kadani ... Policeman
Britt Lind ... Anjelica (as Brit Lind)
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Storyline

Disc jockey Dave Garver attracts the amorous attentions of a demented fan named Evelyn Draper. Evelyn lets Dave pick her up at a bar; later at her apartment Evelyn admits that she is the cooing caller who repeatedly asks Dave to play the Erroll Garner classic "Misty." From then on, the film is a lesson in how one casual date can turn your whole life around. Evelyn stalks Dave everywhere, ruins his business lunch, assaults his maid, mutilates his house and all of his belongings, and finally threatens to butcher his girlfriend Tobie Williams. You'll never be able to hear that song again without looking over your shoulder. Written by alfiehitchie

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

...an invitation to terror... See more »

Genres:

Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Play Misty for Me See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$725,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$10,600,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Malpaso Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The concert scenes were filmed live at the Monterey Jazz Festival. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Jay Jay: That bitch should be hung by the thumbs or something equally appropriate.
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Alternate Versions

The version shown on American commercial network TV had the entire "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" sequence re-shot to remove the sex scene. Instead, what was shown as the song played was simply scenes of Eastwood and Donna Mills walking in the forest. The very brief sex scene between Eastwood and Jessica Walter was also eliminated. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Cave Dwellers (1991) See more »

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Preacher's Blues
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Ahead Of Its Day With This Theme
6 July 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

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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