Play Misty for Me

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Play Misty for Me marked Clint Eastwood's debut as a director, and it gave him the then-unusual opportunity to play a regular contemporary guy in a thriller about sex, obsession, and stalking. Eastwood's Dave Garver is a self-centered California jazz disc jockey struggling with the idea of committing to his on-again, off-again girlfriend Tobie Donna Mills. One night he meets the mini-skirted Evelyn Jessica Walters in a bar, and he goes home with her for what he assumes is a one-night stand. Dave discovers, ...
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Play Misty for Me marked Clint Eastwood's debut as a director, and it gave him the then-unusual opportunity to play a regular contemporary guy in a thriller about sex, obsession, and stalking. Eastwood's Dave Garver is a self-centered California jazz disc jockey struggling with the idea of committing to his on-again, off-again girlfriend Tobie Donna Mills. One night he meets the mini-skirted Evelyn Jessica Walters in a bar, and he goes home with her for what he assumes is a one-night stand. Dave discovers, however, that Evelyn has repeatedly called his show requesting that he "play 'Misty' for me," and she is not about to go gently into the night now that she has bedded him. Even though it touches on the early-'70s flashpoints of sexual liberation, studio execs expressed doubts about why anyone would want to see a movie featuring Eastwood as a deejay. Eastwood reportedly answered that he was not sure either, but he thought it was a good suspense story, and he offered his services as director for free. Play Misty for Me wound up making five times more than it cost and is a precursor to such erotic thrillers as Fatal Attraction 1987 and Basic Instinct 1992. Eastwood mentor Don Siegel appears early on as a bartender.
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/1/1992
  • UPC: 096895501630
  • Original Release: 1971
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Format: VHS

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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  • 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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