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Play Misty for Me (1971)

The life of a disc jockey is turned upside down after a romantic encounter with an obsessed fan.

Director:

Clint Eastwood

Writers:

Jo Heims (screenplay), Dean Riesner (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »

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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 (Clint Eastwood) attracts the amorous attentions of a demented fan named Evelyn Draper (Jessica Walter). 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, this movie 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 (Donna Mills). 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:

Drama | 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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,600,000
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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

Jean Shepherd claimed that this movie was based on a real-life incident in which he was stalked by a female fan, which culminated in her trying to stab him. See more »

Goofs

After his first date with Evelyn a shot of a sunrise over the ocean is shown. In California the sun sets over the ocean but does not rise over it. See more »

Quotes

Evelyn: The whole point of having an answering service is to call them once in a while and see if you've got any messages.
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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: Time of the Apes (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Written by Ewan MacColl (uncredited)
Sung by Roberta Flack
and Produced by Joel Dorn
For Atlantic Records
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User Reviews

 
Eastwood's directorial debut is occasionally pedestrian, but he's helped by a solid script...
30 April 2006 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Too-careful shocker directed and starring Clint Eastwood involves a radio disc-jockey who gets seductive requests by telephone for the song "Misty"--he later meets the overly-friendly female fan and they share a fling, but she 'won't be ignored'. Tense thriller may have been the starting point for Adrian Lyne's "Fatal Attraction", though this one is far less slick. Sometimes an actor is so good in a role that it's impossible to see them as anyone else later in their career; such is the case with Jessica Walter, who nails this part of the psychotic woman--and seems to embody instability itself! Several scenes go on too long, the climax is so dark visually it is nearly incoherent, and there's a jazz festival interlude (and a romantic montage with Eastwood and Donna Mills) that feels like padding, but the central situation is unsettling, well-crafted and well-played. As for Walter, she had a tough time shaking off the affects left behind with this role, which of course is both pro and con. *** from ****


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