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Plot: 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. Runtime: 102 mins Release Date: 12 Nov 1971
A classic thriller that was ahead of its time! (by Nightman85)
The directorial debut for Clint Eastwood was this classic suspense thriller that's both intelligent and shocking.Dashing California DJ has a one night stand with an obsessive fan, who will have his love at ANY cost!While a bit on the dated side, Play Misty for Me still works well as a steely, nail-biter of a film. The film's premise is clever, especially for its time, and escalates into an intense suspense piece. Eastwood's direction is well-done, nicely using the coastal filming locations. Eastwood also builds some great sequences of shock and tension, especially for the films <more>
edgy climax.Eastwood himself does a great performance as the tormented DJ. Jessica Walter however steals the show. Walter's performance is absolutely powerful and she comes off as one of the best psycho-females of cinematic history! She's simply unforgettable.A suspense masterpiece through and through, Play Misty for Me has since gone on to be quite an influential film and one that well-stands the test of time. Thriller fans should not miss it!**** out of ****
the other cool Clint Eastwood picture of 1971 (by Quinoa1984)
Aside from one sequence, which I'll mention further down, this is one of the better directorial debuts ever put out by a major studio. And incidentally it also marks as something of a cool fascination in the span of Clint Eastwood's career as a filmmaker. This time he actually does experiment with a couple of things, aside from just telling the story, which is what usually he knows how to do in his best, traditional style. But Play Misty for Me, almost in spite of being as it is a very good psychological thriller, shows Eastwood capable of not being too strict with a style in <more>
approaching the very early 1970's story. As a precursor to Fatal Attraction that more than tops it, Eastwood plays not so much a bad-ass this time, but a regular guy with nevertheless his usual mannerisms. He's a disc jockey in a small town, who every night plays the song Misty for a mystery caller. One night he meets her in a bar err, he meets her , and they start a slight relationship - slight, being the more appropriate word, as she is out of her mind and a true craver for attention. While Eastwood's character meets up with his old girlfriend, and wants to settle down, mad Evelyn can't stop against her Misty-playing knight in jockey armor.One can tell here and there that Eastwood had fun making this movie, even in such a brisk 21-day shooting period as he had here. But it's noticeable that he was able to have such fun with a screenplay that, while with a sensationalist sensibility, is never too unbelievable. And chiefly, Jessica Walter's performance is probably the most fearless in her character-actor career. She's so good in this role because she starts off seeming, well, normal, and then soon descending into a character that makes the audience feel quite creepy anytime she appears in the background or watching the other characters. Eastwood's acting, as he is acting himself, is also quite competent. The style he uses in filming it is not how it is in his later films- he'll go here for long-shots or close-ups, hand-held in a manic drive i.e. Walter's knife attack against the maid , or even with a documentary feel at the jazz festival. The only part that, while not badly filmed, seemed out of place and changed the pace that song is just wrong in the movie was what Ebert called the "Semi-Obligatory Lyrical Interlude." This same interlude could be done another way, as the core of the scene is there for the story, but it seems dated all the same.This minor liability aside, this is a fantastic mind-f***er of a movie Eastwood has here, where moments that the characters can relax are mostly in the early part of the film, where one might think this will be more of a romantic film. Fat chance; as the mood starts to elevate, and the development, or rather downward spiral, of Evelyn starts to overcome David's life, the film works that much better to bring us into the action. Is it the most fair representation of a woman's psychological attraction to a man? Probably not, but then again this isn't a Lifetime movie, either. Nice little cameo role by Don Siegel as the bartender.
The same year that he played a certain cop asking punks if they feel lucky, Clint Eastwood made his directorial debut with "Play Misty for Me". He plays Carmel disc jockey David Garver, who gets a request from one Evelyn Draper Jessica Walter , with whom he eventually has a fling. After that, he leaves her, but she won't take no for an answer. And she's serious...dead serious.Clint Eastwood brings to this movie the same skills that he later used in movies like "Mystic River" and "Million Dollar Baby". Specifically, it's so good because of how he <more>
springs everything on you, and doesn't saturate the movie with gore. You may never be able to trust anyone again after watching this. 10/10 stars.Ready to play Misty for anyone?
Look at Clint....Bum,bum, bum, bum bum bum bum bum bum bum see if you can hum those notes (by BaronBl00d)
Clint Eastwood has to be admired for his fight to break the mold put over him by Hollywood then and his first directorial effort and another movie, The Beguiled, show this dedication to craft but also his independence and ability as an actor and director. The story predates films like Fatal Attraction and a whole slew of stalker-type films that owe this film a little something and probably, intentionally or not, pay homage to it. The story concerns a one-night stand that goes horribly wrong when one woman wants a man who does not want her - things then build and build and build until people <more>
start to get hurt. The real star of this film is Jessica Walter as the Misty-loving woman who has more than her shares of mental instabilities. The scenes where she is able to excel are the ones where she can show stark contrast so believably as in one moment laughing and another swearing at people to be quiet. She is beautiful, creepy, seductive, and maniacal. Her performance is a one-of-a-kind gem. Eastwood is very able as a local disc jockey - a lover-boy type - who soon finds his casual relationship turning into a life-changing one. All the other actors are very good and the house on the cliff is most effective. There are so many nice things going for Play Misty for Me: the aforementioned acting, Jessica Walter, the effective, taught tension that steadily grows and grows, an effectively creative and scary script, and some beautiful Californian settings of Carmel. Play Misty for Me is in a class by itself in its own sub-genre of stalkers/slashers, and it is indeed one of the best horror films of the last fifty years.
Eastwood plays a disc jockey who has a fling with Evelyn Jessica Walter . He thinks it's a one time thing. She thinks otherwise--she wants to possess him and will stoop to anything to get him. And she loves sharp objects...A very impressive directorial debut for Eastwood. It's interesting that he did a slasher-type film seven years before "Halloween". But this isn't just an ordinary horror film. It's quiet and until the end non-bloody. There's just incredibly beautiful shots of Carmel CA. The script is well-written and sharp no pun intended and has <more>
interesting, believable characters. You even feel sorry for Evelyn sometimes ! There's also a wonderful love montage between Eastwood and his girlfriend Donna Mills set to Roberta Flack's "The First Time Ever I Saw your Face". The acting is great. Eastwood is stone-faced all of the time, but he manages somehow to convey his chasracter's fear. Walter is just incredible as Evelyn--she really chews the scenery and is downright terrifying. Why wasn't she even nominated for an Academy Award for this? Mills is given nothing to do but looks great doing it! Also Eastwood has some near-nude scenes in the R-rated version . Thanks Clint! But be warned...the attack scenes are scary and the ending is very violent and VERY bloody. The film isn't perfect. There's some bad 70s dialogue, horrible fashions and a needless, lengthy sequence at a jazz festival. I have nothing against jazz, but it has nothing to do with the plot and stops the film dead in its tracks--and goes on for about 10 minutes!Well worth seeing. Avoid the horribly edited TV print and rent the R-rated original.
In his first movie as a director, Clint Eastwood shows a propensity for naturalism and a strong ability to build up tension. The use of hand-held cameras and actual locations as well as numerous shots of the California countryside around Carmel-by-the-Sea, gives the action a realistic feel and good use is made of shadows to create a rather ominous atmosphere."Play Misty For Me" is a gripping thriller in which a rather passive man whose attitude to sexual relationships is consistent with the time in which he lives suddenly finds his life thrown into chaos by an unhinged woman. Her <more>
violent and irrational behaviour threatens his life and the lives of those who are close to him and this leaves him feeling trapped and helpless because he has no idea how to deal with such insanity.Dave Garver Clint Eastwood is the night-time DJ on a radio station in Carmel and his soft-spoken, intimate style of broadcasting is particularly appreciated by one of his fans who regularly phones to ask him to play Erroll Garner's "Misty" for her. One night, at his favourite bar, Dave meets an attractive woman called Evelyn Draper Jessica Walter and later they spend the night together and he realises that Evelyn is actually the lady who likes "Misty".Despite the fact that it had been mutually agreed that their encounter was purely a no-strings-attached fling, Evelyn regards it as something more serious and shows up at Dave's house with groceries and starts to make a meal. Dave is alarmed by this and tells her that he doesn't want to get involved in a relationship but she reacts badly. As her anger escalates, she attempts suicide by slashing her wrists in his bathroom and later sabotages and informal interview he has for a better job. Things get even worse when she vandalises his house and attacks his cleaning lady with a butcher's knife.Evelyn's admitted to a psychiatric hospital and this enables Dave to re-establish his relationship with Tobie Williams Donna Mills . Tobie, who has recently returned to the Carmel area, is the woman he loves and their relationship develops well until further complications follow when Dave is told that Evelyn has been released from hospital.Tobie is a very good natured character and her presence in the story is effective in emphasising the difference between her and Evelyn. Similarly, a sequence in which Tobie and Dave are together in the woods seems relaxed until the mood changes when it becomes apparent that Evelyn is also nearby.The acting performances are consistently very good in this movie but Jessica Walter is outstanding in a role that requires her to be ultra scary. Her capacity to fly into a rage at the flick of a switch is startlingly good and the way in which she portrays the manipulative side of Evelyn's character also works well."Play Misty For Me" is full of surprises and contains a particularly horrific incident in which Evelyn attacks Dave with a knife whilst he's in bed. It's also top class entertainment and reflecting on the events that take place, leads to the inescapable conclusion that it must've been a powerful source of inspiration for the plot of Adrian Lyne's "Fatal Attraction".
Clint Eastwood made his directorial debut with this 1971 suspense/thriller, `Play Misty for Me,' in which he also stars as Dave Garver, a late night radio disc jockey for a small station in Carmel, California. During his show, he opens the phones to take requests, at which times a frequent caller-- a woman named Evelyn Jessica Walter -- always asks for the same tune, `Misty.' Her obsession, it turns out, is not with that particular record, but with Garver, who is currently sorting out a relationship gone bad with a young artist, Tobie Donna Mills , but which may be on the mend in <more>
light of the fact that Tobie has just returned to town after a lengthy absence in the wake of their breakup. In the interim, Garver has become entangled with Evelyn, a fan he soon discovers gives new meaning to the term `fanatic.' Eastwood invades Hitchcock territory with this film, which it turns out was indeed a harbinger of the course his career would take from this point on, that of directing and starring in his own movies. With this one, it's apparent that he had that special touch from the beginning; he knows unequivocally what he likes, what works and how to deliver it. The only weakness in the film if you can even call it a weakness , would be the use of longshots during a couple of scenes between Garver and Tobie that take place on the coast. It adds a scenic vista for a backdrop, but listening to the dialogue with the actors in the distance gives it a dialogue-added-later feeling. It's a minor flaw, however, that takes nothing away from the overall impact of the film, especially as Eastwood establishes a deliberate pace that allows the tension to mount throughout. It would seem that for an actor to direct himself would be a monumental undertaking, especially the first time, but Eastwood proves here what has been corroborated over the years and with his films since, that he is his own best director. And it's a club to which few actor/directors belong, which puts him in the elite company of Welles, Branagh and most recently, Ed Harris with `Pollock' , just to name a few of the select. As Garver, a minor celebrity whose biggest fan turns out to be his worst nightmare, Eastwood is thoroughly convincing, and though this may not be one of his most memorable roles, it is certainly well acted, and delivered with that subtle Eastwood charm. Jessica Walter combines just the right amount of beauty, charm and menace for her role of Evelyn, which just may be her most memorable performance ever. She creates a character who is smoothly confident, if slightly vulnerable, and prone to instantaneous bursts of psychotic anger. It's an honest portrait of an extremely disturbed individual with the ability to conceal the true nature-- and danger-- of her mental state. Exceptionally well realized by Walter, Evelyn could be the older sister of Stephen King's Annie in `Misery,' a role for which Kathy Bates received an Oscar for Best Actress some twenty years after Walter inhabited the body of Evelyn. The supporting cast includes John Larch Sergeant McCallum , Jack Ging Frank , Irene Hervey Madge , James McEachin Al Monte , Clarice Taylor Birdie and Don Siegel Murphy . A film that will have you on the edge of your seat by the end, `Play Misty for Me' withstands the test of time and works every bit as well today as when it was originally released. A tale from the dark side, it's engrossing entertainment that may give you second thoughts about that casual acquaintance you've just invited to your house for dinner. Eastwood chose a perfect setting for his film, using one of the most beautiful spots along the California coast as a background against which to contrast the grisly events of the story. It all adds up to a wild ride for the audience, and an auspicious debut for Eastwood as the Man Behind the Camera. I rate this one 8/10.
A Classic and One of the Best Thrillers of the 70's (by claudio_carvalho)
In the city of Carmel, the popular disc-jockey David Garver Clint Eastwood has one night stand with Evelyn Draper Jessica Walter , a strange he met in a bar after his show. The woman, indeed a deranged obsessed fan, stalks David and threatens his life, his girl-friend Tobie Williams Donna Mills , his friends and even his job.The debut of Clint Eastwood as director could not be better. This low budget and low paced movie has a simple, but frightening story, which was ripped off at least in the famous "Fatal Attraction" and the teen version "Swimfan". The magnificent <more>
landscape and locations in the beautiful city of Carmel, where Clint Eastwood was elected Major many years later, are another attraction. The performance of Jessica Walters is awesome, changing naturally her behavior from a sweet to an aggressive person, really incorporating her character. Clint Eastwood is very cool, as usual, and Donna Mills very gorgeous. I like the unusual break of tension adopted when Evelyn is arrested and Dave and Tobie's routine returns to normal, dating, going to festival, making love, increasing the suspense after the twist point. I do not recall how many times I have seen "Play Misty for Me", a classic and one of the best thrillers of the 70's. My vote is eight.Title Brazil : "Perversa Paixão" "Wicked Passion"
Clint Eastwood made a fine debut as a director with Play Misty For Me. There is a laid-back quality to this film, which begins in a casual way, and then tightens the screws later as the stalking plot kicks in. The film beautifully captures the Edenic qualities of Carmel and Monterey, and Eastwood has a great eye for the particular scenic details of the Northern California coast. Most movies today have a "cut to the chase" mentality, in which everything has to move at warp speed, so it's refreshing to see a movie take its time to establish the setting and the characters.This film <more>
is an interesting rebuke to the sexual revolution of the late 60's and early 70's. Jessica Walter's character may be acting in an extreme way, but there is some justification for her rage -- Eastwood's character is a ladies' man who likes to rack up as many conquests as he can, and then move on, but here's one woman who refuses to be discarded. The point is, there are repercussions to all our acts. Also, being a public figure brings its share of grief and misery just ask John Lennon .