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 ...Read MorePlay 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. Lucia Bozzola, RoviRead Less
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My mom loves Clint Eastwood and the movies that he has directed.
May 15, 2010
Thriller with a winding plot
Directed and starred in by a younger Clint Eastwood, 'Play Misty For Me' is a thriller with a shocking ending (well, shocking in the 1970's sense of the word), and a fairly complicated plot of a fan who doesn't understand boundaries. Clint is a disc jockey at a local radio station who is the victim of an out-of-control fan who can't take no for an answer. Jessica Walter is the fan, Donna Mills the love interest. The film certainly keeps you on the edge of your seat, and the final scenes are scary enough for anyone's quota of thrills for the evening. A carp: The love scene two-thirds of the way in with a beautiful rendition by Roberta Flack of 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face', just doesn't work. It slows the film right down and adds little to the plot., as does the scene of a jazz festival which has little point also. But jazz is Clint Eastwood's love, so the magazines tell us, and maybe he edged this scene in for himself. But the film would have been tighter without it.
All in all a scary, proficient thriller with competent acting.