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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dave
... Evelyn
... Tobie
... Sgt. McCallum
... Frank
... Madge
... Al Monte
... Birdie
... Murphy (as Donald Siegel)
Duke Everts ... Jay Jay
George Fargo ... Man
Mervin W. Frates ... Locksmith
Tim Frawley ... Deputy Sheriff
Otis Kadani ... Policeman
... 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 »

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Thriller

Certificate:

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Release Date:

12 November 1971 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Obsesión mortal  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$725,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$10,600,000
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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Clint Eastwood obtained the rights to the song "Misty" after he saw Erroll Garner perform at the Concord Music Festival in 1970. Eastwood also paid 2,000 dollars for the use of the song "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" by Roberta Flack. See more »

Goofs

When Evelyn is on the phone at the airport, she tells Dave that she has a job in Hawaii and she reads a line from a poem "Because this maiden she lived with no other thought than to be loved by you." Later on, Dave is reading a book before he rescues Tobie, Evelyn's voice over says the same line, but the line in the book that Dave is reading says "And this maiden she lived with no other thought than to be loved and be loved by me." See more »

Quotes

David 'Dave' Garver: Care for a beer?
Al Monte: Not really, I'd go for something more uplifting but not a brew, David, not a brew my man.
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Connections

Featured in Eastwood Directs: The Untold Story (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

It's Not Unusual
(uncredited)
Written by Gordon Mills and Les Reed
Played on the air by Garver
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Definitely one of the best suspense movies ever.
20 December 1998 | by See all my reviews

This movie has got to be on the top ten list of the best movies ever made. It's perfect. You really can't say anything negative about it because there is nothing wrong with it. It is paced just right, the acting is excellent, and its story is very engrossing. Play Misty for Me begins in California at Eastwood's radio station when he gets a call, with a very sexy voice, saying the film's title. He then has a little rendezvous with this woman, but when he decides to break it up, and go back to his original girl, she just won't leave him alone (the first Fatal Attraction, and the better). By the time the end comes (which is perfectly set in a secluded cliffside home)you are guaranteed to have jumped out of your seat, or you'll find yourself grabbing onto something, or biting your nails. I did. Hang on for a wild ride. Rating: **** out of ****


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