Play Misty for Me

Play Misty for Me

DVD - 2001
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A popular DJ's life and happiness are threatened when he rejects the advances of an infatuated, emotionally disturbed fan.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : Universal, c2001.
Edition: Collector's ed.
ISBN: 9780783261188
0783261187
Branch Call Number: PLAY
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (103 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.

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ManMachine
Aug 23, 2016

Hey, listen baby - They're playing "our" song!.... And, it's like music to my ears.

Stepping away from Spaghetti-Western roles - Clint Eastwood (in his directorial debut) delivers a wacky, little psycho-slasher flick that's definitely seen better days.

In other words - Play Misty For Me, unfortunately suffers considerably from being (very much) a typical product of early 1970s film-making. At times, it's so obviously dated and schlocky that the viewer can't help but laugh out loud at its utter wackiness, as though this dead-serious Thriller were in reality a hilarious comedy.

Clint Eastwood plays DJ Dave Garver, a poetry-spewing, stud-muffin, working at KRML Radio in Carmel, California (the town where Eastwood actually lived and became Mayor in 1986).

After an intended one-night stand with Evelyn Draper, a super-easy pick-up at some honky-tonk bar, Garver finds himself being stalked by this woman (a real looney-toon, indeed) who's got it fixed in her pretty, little head that once a man fukks her, then she literally owns him.

As simple as it may sound - That, in a psycho-nutshell, pretty much sums up the basic premise for this film's story..... (*Be sure to watch video-trailer*)

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JackPurcell
Apr 20, 2015

I give it a strong rating for different. There's no other Clint Eastwood movie remotely similar.

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Nursebob
Jan 31, 2015

This film would go on to serve as a template for many of the "Jilted-Psycho-Stalker" films that followed. Unfortunately it is firmly rooted in 1971 and has aged very poorly......from Eastwood's poofy hair and neon sans-a-belt slacks to the ridiculous sex scene in the middle of a pond with Roberta Flack crooning in the background. It played like a late-night cable adaptation of a particularly bad Jackie Collins' novel.

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lukasevansherman
Oct 27, 2014

Don't you hate it when you have a fling with someone and they turn out to be psychotic? If we're to believe the movies, this happens a lot. In Clint Eastwood's directorial debut, he plays a slick DJ who keeps getting requests to play "Misty," which turns out to be from an obsessive woman who soon turns dangerous. Set in and around Carmel, where Eastwood would later be mayor, it's a well-made stalker thriller whose influence can be seen in movies like "Fatal Attraction," "Basic Instinct," and "Single White Female." Eastwood's friend and mentor Don Siegel, who directed him in five movies, has a cameo as a bartender. Jessica Walter, best known as the overbearing mom on "Arrested Development," is effective as the stalker and Donna Mills, who plays his artist girlfriend, has a great Klute-like shag haircut. Eastwood and Mills have a kinda hilarious love scene. There is a waterfall involved. Enjoyable for what it is.

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