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Play Misty For Me [DVD]

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  • Actors: Clint Eastwood, Donna Mills, Jessica Walter, John Larch, Irene Hervey
  • Directors: Clint Eastwood
  • Producers: Robert Daley
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish
  • Dubbed: French, German, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 6 April 2010
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PMFNXM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,191 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Dave Garland (Clint Eastwood) is a Californian DJ who runs a late night call-in show, and receives regular requests from a female caller for Erroll Garner's 'Misty'. Following a bust-up with his regular girlfriend, Tobie (Donna Mills), Dave has a one-night stand with Evelyn Draper (Jessica Walter) after meeting her at his regular night spot. It transpires that Evelyn is the mystery caller on Dave's show, but after their night together she becomes obsessed with him, refusing to accept his subsequent rapprochement with Tobie. Evelyn's rage at first takes a suicidal turn, then becomes murderous as she makes violent threats towards Dave and Tobie.

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Clint Eastwood (making his very assured directorial debut) is a poetry-spouting stud-muffin DJ stalked by a maniacally amorous fan after a misguided one-night stand in this enjoyably schlocky, undeniably effective film about good intentions gone murderously wacky. Although many of the very '70s trappings presented here may ultimately be too dated to be taken seriously (including a very self-indulgent jazz number and a hilariously gooey seduction number between Eastwood and Donna Mills), the core premise of infatuation taken out of bounds remains uncomfortably plausible--and was influential enough to be appropriated by one of the biggest hits of the '80s. (Here's a hint--it starred Michael Douglas, Glenn Close, and a very unfortunate bunny rabbit). A well-staged and occasionally very frightening thriller worth watching for Jessica Walter's peerlessly unhinged performance alone. Frequent Eastwood collaborator Don Siegel (director of Dirty Harry, Coogan's Bluff, and The Beguiled, to name but a few) has a nice cameo as Murphy, the mustachioed, chess-playing bartender. --Andrew Wright

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lou Knee on 21 Jun 2009
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Clint takes the director's chair for the first time with 1971's Play Misty For Me, a highly watchable and plausible stalker movie. Set along the Californian coast, (actually featuring his beloved Carmel) it tells the story of a relaxed batchelor with an eye for the ladies who is also a successful local radio jock. Eastwood directs the movie with an assured touch and a good eye for the surroundings.

Even if he wasn't an established movie star then this film would have been a green light to direct more movies. In fact it possibly has to be one of the most assured and successful Hollywood director debuts, it is that interesting and watchable a film. It's a cracking little story about one of the biggest dangers of being a celebrity, you sometimes get obsessive fans who won't leave you alone. There is a bit of a message about the dangers of being a womaniser as well, with the suggestion that his character has brought this situation upon himself a little by being on the look out all the time and not committed to any one woman, or that it's a sort of payback for his flighty ways and believing he can have both fame and freedom.

The free and easy Eastwood is perfect for the role himself, looks like he understands his character totally, and it has to be one of his better performances. The film is genuinely scary and it is a very well made neat little thriller. Infact I don't think he's made many better movies since, even though he is a film making legend now. Has some decent extras too for Eastwood fans.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jan Willem Wilkens on 21 Mar 2009
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Not much has to be added to the story of this great Clint Eastwood movie. But when in doubt as whether to buy this dvd there is something that needs to be added to the product information (and which is strangely enough also not mentioned on the package itself). The dvd contains a very interesting documentary about the film made in 2001. Length: 50 minutes!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dr. B. A. Juby on 18 Feb 2011
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A young Clint here where the role of male stalker is reversed. A good atmosperic thriller with a cautionary tale about the hazards of one-night stands.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Sep 2014
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Dave Garver (Clint Eastwood) is a late night disc jockey in Carmel, California. Whilst his girlfriend is out of town he meets and beds a fan named Evelyn (Jessica Walter) who turns out to be the mystery caller to his show who sexily requests the Errol Garner classic tune "Play Misty For Me". Thinking that his night of passion with Evelyn is purely a one off, he starts to become concerned as Evelyn refuses to leave him alone, and things are about to get very out of hand and become very disturbing for all involved.

This was Clint Eastwood's first stab (hrr hrr) at directing and it proved to be a very commendable effort as he directs himself in the picture, polishes the production across the board, and then wrapped the film on time and under budget, quite an achievement and it's no surprise that he went on to be a big hitter from behind the camera right up to this present day.

Play Misty For Me is a truly tight and engrossing picture, and certainly more of a character study than its slasher shell would suggest. Eastwood (playing against type) plays Garver perfectly weasel like, and it's because of his selfish sexual proclivities, and all round disdain for his actions, that the maelstrom that comes his way is kind of like the reckoning. The picture firmly belongs to Jessica Walter, though, her turn as the irrational psychotic in waiting, Evelyn, is truly magic, lacing sympathetic sadness with outright moments of terror, believable to the point of forcing the audience into an uneasy understanding. It's a mystery (and a crying shame) that Walter didn't go on to be a big star because the marker for major talent was right here.

Edgy and darkly fascinating, Play Misty For Me stands up today as a right on the money thriller, and not even the sight of Clint in his over large white underpants can dim the films appeal. 8.5/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 Nov 2007
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I saw this movie some time ago but decided recently to take another look. I'm glad I did. My memory centered on two things, the song Play Misty for Me and the bloody slashings. After watching the movie again I have renewed respect for it as a solid piece of movie making, and the song and the slashings still work. (As much as I like the song, I can never hear it without immediately thinking of the movie.) Sure, there are some smaller things that date the film, but it has a strong, uneasy story and the suspense holds up. The acting and the pace of the movie, to my mind, make it still a very watchable film. Like The Ipcress File, the strong components make the movie work.

In particular, I was startled at just how strong an actor Jessica Walter is. When she revs up her psycho side, she just sweeps everything out of her way. There is something unnerving about Walter. She's a very attractive woman, but with her strong chin, straight mouth and eyes that seem to stare into you...without blinking...there's something hidden and hard.

I like the way Eastwood isn't afraid to play next to strong actresses like Walter. He's not afraid to be vulnerable. His character here is more or less an average guy who gets more than he bargained for. A film of his I like a lot for the most part (as with this one) for much the same reason is Tightrope with Genevieve Bujold.

I could have done with a little less slashing and little less blood, but on balance I think those are minor quibbles. The movie seems to me to be a well-crafted film and shows Eastwood knew what he was doing when he decided to get into directing.
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