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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

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The scream you hear may be your own! See more »

Genres:

Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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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 film's title can be seen on a cinema marquee in the beginning sequence of Dirty Harry (1971), also starring Clint Eastwood. See more »

Goofs

The VU (audio) meters on the KRML control board are motionless during music and voice input, indicating that the station is either off the air during filming or that the actual audio source is elsewhere. See more »

Quotes

Tobie Williams: I was starting to be one of my most unfavourite people.
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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 »

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Soundtracks

It's Not Unusual
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Written by Gordon Mills and Les Reed
Played on the air by Garver
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Wow...21 days AND under budget....
4 June 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I was very impressed when I read the trivia for this film. It's Clint Eastwood's directorial debut...and he finished the film ahead of schedule and under budget--in only 21 days! I could see why he was called on many more times to direct--and it's a shame he's known more for an actor than director.

Eastwood plays a radio DJ. One night in a bar, he meets a young lady (Jessica Walter) and they end up spending the night together. She says there are no strings attached....but over time it's obvious that she is majorly obsessed with him. She pushes him VERY hard--and no matter how much he tells her to get lost, she won't take a hint. At first, it's all seemingly innocent but over time she begins to show a crazier and crazier side. As for the title, every time she calls in to his show, she says 'Play Misty for me'--as it's 'their' song. As time passes, the film begins to look more and more like "Fatal Attraction".

This is a very good film for a first effort from Eastwood. While the film has a few problems, overall, it's quite thrilling and suspenseful. Additionally, Jessica Walter did a great job playing an Erotomaniac--an individual who is convinced that a high-status person LOVES them regardless of all evidence to the contrary. There also is a strong degree of a Borderline personality--with SERIOUS anti-social aspects (heck, she's more than willing to kill--trust me on the diagnosis, it all fits). On the downside, I thought Eastwood's acting performance was a bit too subdued and cool considering what was happening to him. And I have no idea why the segment with the Roberta Flack music video and the visit to the Monterrey Jazz Festival was included except as filler--it was like an intermission and pretty weird. But overall, it's a nice little thriller.

By the way, for an even better film on the subject, try watching the French film "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not"--a truly brilliantly written film that you just have to see.


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