Play Misty for Me

Play Misty for Me

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Cast: Clint Eastwood, Jessica Walter, Donna Mills, John Larch

     
 

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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, theSee more details below

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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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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/18/2001
UPC:
0025192142826
Original Release:
1971
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
1:43:00
Sales rank:
11,549

Special Features

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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Clint Eastwood Dave Garver
Jessica Walter Evelyn
Donna Mills Tobie
John Larch Sgt. McCallum
Clarice Taylor Birdie
Duke Evers Jay Jay
Britt Lind Angelica
Johnny Otis Actor
Jack Ging Frank Dewan
Irene Hervey Madge Brenner
George Fargo Man
Mervin W. Frates Locksmith
Jack Kosslyn Cab Driver
Ginna Patterson Madalyn
Malcolm Moran Man in Window
James McEachin Al Monte

Technical Credits
Clint Eastwood Director
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
Dee Barton Score Composer
Helen Colvig Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Daley Producer
Duke Ellington Songwriter
Roberta Flack Songwriter
Erroll Garner Songwriter
Jo Heims Screenwriter
Robert L. Hoyt Sound/Sound Designer
Ralph S. Hurst Set Decoration/Design
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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