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Play Misty for Me (1971)

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Original Title : Play Misty for Me
Director : Clint Eastwood
Writer : Jo Heims
Jo Heims
Dean Riesner
Genre : Horror
Thriller
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Robert Daley , Jennings Lang , Bob Larson
Music : Dee Barton
Ewan MacColl
Photography : Bruce Surtees
Distributor : Universal Pictures
IMDB ID : 0067588
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Play Misty for Me (1971) - Clint Eastwood
 

Starring

Clint Eastwood David 'Dave' Garver
Jessica Walter Evelyn Draper
Donna Mills Tobie Williams
John Larch Sgt. McCallum
Jack Ging Frank Dewan
Irene Hervey Madge Brenner
James McEachin Al Monte
Clarice Taylor Birdie
Don Siegel Murphy (as Donald Siegel
Duke Everts Jay Jay
George Fargo Man
Mervin W. Frates Locksmith
Tim Frawley Deputy Sheriff
Otis Kadani Policeman
Brit Lind Anjelica
Paul E. Lippman Second man
Jack Kosslyn Cab driver
Ginna Patterson Madalyn
Malcolm Moran Man in window
Cannonball Adderly and His Quartet Themselves
Cannonball Adderley Himself (leader, Cannonball Adderly and His Quartet
Robert S. Holman Policeman (uncredited
Johnny Otis Himself (uncredited
Walter Spear Policeman (uncredited
 

Plot

A DJ for KRML, a jazz radio station in Carmel has what he believes to be a casual affair with one of his more ardent fans, however when he tries to return to his regular girlfriend he discovers that Jessica Walter's character has other ideas and intends to become part of his life, or possibly his death. If this plot sounds familiar it is because the Michael Douglas, Glenn Close hit, Fatal Attraction is a virtual remake. The title comes from the song, Misty, which Walters requests from her DJ lover.
 

Comments

Clint plays Misty for a madwoman!, 17 October 2004 Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England Clint Eastwood stars as David Garver, radio DJ and ladies man. However, his philandering gets him into trouble one night when he picks a woman in a bar, a woman whom, unbeknown to him, is the same woman that has been phoning his radio show to ask him to "play Misty for me". It isn't long before Dave realises that there's something not quite right about this woman, but by then it's too late, he's already being plunged into every man's worst nightmare! Jessica Walter is absolutely superb as the smothering Evelyn Draper, she captures just the right mood for the obsessed woman, the scenes in particular that see Eastwood and Walter argue, with Walter ignoring everything he says are absolutely superb. Clint Eastwood is the quintessential leading man, and it's not hard to why he cast himself in the lead of this film. Eastwood's performances are always understated, and always dripping with testosterone, and this one is no different. His character here is a little more down to earth than what we're used to from Eastwood, but he plays the role well and it's good to see him in a less familiar sort of role. Eastwood is my favourite actor of all time, and I've never seen him in a film that isn't worth watching.Clint Eastwood also directs this film. Eastwood is under appreciated as a director, he, obviously, has won acclaim for his masterpiece 'Unforgiven', but a lot of his other films such as this one, High Plains Drifter, his entry into the Dirty Harry series, Sudden Impact and more recently, Blood Work didn't receive the recognition that is rightfully theirs. In this film, Clint revs the tension up to the max and the viewer is almost constantly on the edge of their seat waiting for the next thing that the movie sees fit to throw at you. Unfortunately, the movie isn't able to keep it's thrilling pace up for the entire duration as it takes a pit stop mid way through for Clint to go to a rock show. This section of the film diffuses the tension that the movie has created for itself and thus shouldn't be in the film. I feared that the movie might go down the pan after this ill-advised section of the film, but I'm happy to report that the movie soon gets back on course for a thrilling and satisfying conclusion.The music in the film is also superb. The title track, 'Misty' doesn't appear until the end, but the rest of the score is where the real musical artistry comes into play. The music for the film sets the tone of the movie just right, and the theme tune in particular is great, it's playful and easy to like and adds some fun into an otherwise dark thriller. Overall, Play Misty For Me is a very decent thriller. It's not a classic, but it's worth watching and it's a lot better than it's remake, Fatal Attraction.
 
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