Play Misty for Me

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Overview

This excellent DVD release of Clint Eastwood's 1971 directorial debut Play Misty for Me will please newcomers and longtime fans alike. Loaded with DVD extras, the movie's print has been cleaned up and returned to its original aspect ratio with a good anamorphic widescreen transfer. Beautifully filmed on-location by master cinematographer Bruce Surtees, the movie also serves as a love letter to the rugged California coastal town of Carmel. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono audio track is excellent and the scenes set at ...
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Overview

This excellent DVD release of Clint Eastwood's 1971 directorial debut Play Misty for Me will please newcomers and longtime fans alike. Loaded with DVD extras, the movie's print has been cleaned up and returned to its original aspect ratio with a good anamorphic widescreen transfer. Beautifully filmed on-location by master cinematographer Bruce Surtees, the movie also serves as a love letter to the rugged California coastal town of Carmel. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono audio track is excellent and the scenes set at the Monterey Jazz Festival are given new sonic life on this disc. There are numerous disc extras to select (though some of them are too slight to be worth mentioning), but by far the best is the hour-long look back at the making of the movie. Entitled "Play It Again: A Look Back at Play Misty for Me," it's full of interviews with Eastwood, female lead Jessica Walter (in an excellent, star-making performance), key producers, writers, and others. This documentary makes plain that Play Misty for Me set the stage for Eastwood's career as a talented, individualistic director who refuses to get sucked into Hollywood power games or pointless power trips. After this film, Eastwood continued to use little or no makeup for actors, naturalistic lighting, real locations over sets, rich jazz scores, and tight budgets. Made for well under a million dollars, Play Misty for Me was a big mainstream hit with general audiences that also earned praise from indie film godfather John Cassavetes. The DVD also features a too short featurette on Eastwood and famed action-suspense director Don Siegel. A mentor and collaborator, Siegel was even amusingly cast as a bartender, mainly so Eastwood could get help from him on the first couple of days of shooting (he ended up not needing any). Besides better-than-average production notes and movie stills, the disc also features a montage of potential poster art that ends with the finished product. As a side note, the disc also makes plain that Eastwood considers Fatal Attraction to be an uncredited remake of Play Misty for Me.
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Special Features

Clint Eastwood commentary; one-hour documentary with Eastwood; featurette, production notes; cast and filmmaker biographies; trailer; English, French and Spanish subtitles
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Clint Eastwood's surprisingly effective directorial debut is a tense psychological thriller in the same vein as 1987's obsession thriller Fatal Attraction. Inspired by Don Siegel, who had directed him four times in the previous three years, Eastwood crafts gritty, precise, and unsettling action sequences well-suited to the material's Hitchcockian tone. Jessica Walters is appropriately eerie as the radio-show caller who voices the title request, and Eastwood gives his own performance a cool efficiency. At the time of the film's release, it was relatively rare for big-name stars to try their hand at directing; Misty would be the first of numerous off-and-on directorial efforts for the idol, who would achieve his greatest success as an actor-director with 1992's Oscar-winning Unforgiven.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2001
  • UPC: 025192142826
  • Original Release: 1971
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Mono
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: English, Español, Français
  • Time: 1:43:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 10,585

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clint Eastwood Dave Garver
Jessica Walter Evelyn
Donna Mills Tobie
John Larch Sgt. McCallum
Clarice Taylor Birdie
Don Siegel Bartender
Duke Evers Jay Jay
George Fargo Man
Mervin W. Frates Locksmith
Jack Ging Frank Dewan
Irene Hervey Madge Brenner
Jack Kosslyn Cab Driver
Britt Lind Angelica
James McEachin Al Monte
Malcolm Moran Man in Window
Johnny Otis
Ginna Patterson Madalyn
Technical Credits
Clint Eastwood Director
Dee Barton Score Composer
Helen Colvig Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Daley Producer
Duke Ellington Songwriter
Roberta Flack Songwriter
Erroll Garner Songwriter
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
Jo Heims Screenwriter
Robert L. Hoyt Sound/Sound Designer
Ralph S. Hurst Set Decoration/Design
Robert Larson Producer
Bob Larson Associate Producer, Asst. Director
Ewan MacColl Songwriter
Robert Martin Sound/Sound Designer
Carl Pingitore Editor
Dean Riesner Screenwriter
Bruce Surtees Cinematographer
Waldon O. Watson Sound/Sound Designer
Brad Whitney Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Play Misty For Me
0. Scenes
1. Main Titles [5:01]
2. KRML Radio [4:34]
3. Evelyn [6:15]
4. A Surprise Visit [3:33]
5. Tobie Returns [8:22]
6. Stalking Dave [3:17]
7. Being Smothered [11:23]
8. Love Hurts [9:06]
9. Don't Let Me Go [4:42]
10. Opportunity Calls [4:41]
11. Telling the Truth [1:31]
12. Bye Bye Birdie [5:02]
13. Dave and Tobie [5:42]
14. Monterey Jazz [6:29]
15. Dave's Nghtmare [1:58]
16. A New Roommate [5:44]
17. The Final Cut [2:11]
18. End Titles [11:45]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Play Misty For Me
   Bonus Materials
      Play It Again...A Look Back At Play Misty For Me
      The Beguiled, Misty,Don And Clint
      Clint Eastwood On Dvd
      Photograph Montage
      Clint Eastwood Directs And Acts
      The Evolution Of A Poster
         Theatrical Trailer
         Production Notes
         Dvd-Rom Features
         Dvd Newsletter
         Recommendations
         Cast And Filmmakers
            CLINT EASTWOOD as Dave Garland
               Biography
               Actor And Director Film Highlights
            JESSICA WALTER as Evelyn Draper
               Biography
               Film Highlights
            DONNA MILLS as Tobie Williams
               Biography
               Film Highlights
            JOHN LARCH as Sgt. McCallum
               Biography
               Film Highlights
            JACK GING as Frank Dewan
               Biography
               Film Highlights
            IRENE HERVEY as Madge Brenner
               Biography
               Film Highlights
            JAMES McEACHIN as Al Monte
               Biography
               Film Highlights
            CLARICE TAYLOR as Birdie
               Biography
               Film Highlights
            Directed by CLINT EASTWOOD
               Biography
               Actor And Director Film Highlights
   Languages
   Play
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Essential if you like Eastwood and good Thrillers!

    Eastwood's ability as a future academy winning director is clearly evident here. Also, his ability to take chances and come out on top! This film has got a little something for everyone. Jessica Lange was absolutely terrifying as the psychotic stalker and Eastwood was just as convincing as a guy trying to get his act together as life seems about to give him everything he wants...plus a couple things he doesn't want. He gets what no guy or girl wants--even in their wildest dreams... Definitely a movie to own and enjoy over and over!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Makes you want to visit Carmel

    I remember my mother always talking about this movie when I was younger. Now I see why.This is the coolest you'll ever see Clint, squinty eyes and all. The location shots are easily seen on a daytrip to Carmel and Monterey, and the suspense is taut. Don't rent it-buy the darn thing!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2002

    what a movie!

    this movie has everything in it.I recommend it to anyone.

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    Posted August 13, 2009

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    Posted September 22, 2009

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