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Play Misty for Me

1971
Romance
Drama
1h 42m
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. (imdb)
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Play Misty for Me

1971
Romance
Drama
1h 42m
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Avg Percentile 52.81% from 708 total ratings

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Rated 10 Jan 2016
75
65th
Lady it's the 70s you're going to get punched SO HARD. "What if the men are talking business?"
Rated 01 Apr 2012
62
56th
Clint's directorial debut is an entertaining one. When it's good it's very good, & when it's bad, well... it's quite funny. Jessica Walter is brilliantly mental as Clint's obsessive stalker, & her performance alone creates a huge chunk of the tension in this movie. Clint's direction helps too as it is often atmospheric & dark. That said there are several moments, & I'm particuarly thinking about the ridiculously long & cheesy woodland love-scene, where Clint is just being a pompous wanker.
Rated 13 Aug 2008
17
12th
One of the earliest examples of lame-ass anti-woman 'thrillers' all sympathetic to boring white male leads who bang unstable women and expect us to care when they can't handle the consequences. Just as shit and offensive as Fatal Attraction. Why anyone would be obsessed with cardboard cutout Clint Eastwood (who even here has the sex appeal of rotting dust jacket) is beyond me, I guess the bitch really WAS crazy!
Rated 09 Mar 2012
47
43rd
That punch at the end should have been accompanied by an Adam West KAPOW! on the screen.
Rated 31 Dec 2012
77
50th
This isn't the most known thriller. However, it is very good, with great suspense and acting.
Rated 22 Mar 2007
100
95th
The original stalker movie. Clint shows the world he's going to be one of the world's best directors one day. There are digressions from the plot that don't seem to need to be there, and some exchanges of dialogue are a little wonky and go on a bit long... but, somehow, they make this movie seem more human. Furthermore, how nice it is, in this day and age, to see a psycho movie that's *not* designed to be Part One of a franchise. And with a jazz score, no less
Rated 17 Aug 2019
6
70th
Hahaha that bitch crazed! Interesting to see a movie that came out a good while before Halloween basically doing the same thing (slasher kills/menaces people with stabbing weapons, etc.). Clint rasps all his dialogue in the Eastwoodiest voice, very amusing. Concert scene dragged on a little long.
Rated 23 Aug 2009
69
53rd
Really good for the first hour and then Clint runs out of ideas and gets self-indulgent for the last 35 minutes. Overall it's good.
Rated 22 Jan 2011
75
51st
Wow, she is crazy! Edge of your seat stuff, very well done by Eastwood who was obviously not nervous about acting directing for the first time. The whole Jazz festival thing was a bit unnesessary but hey, who doesn't love Jazz?
Rated 16 Jan 2023
70
65th
Every man has snuggled like that at least once in his life.
Rated 25 Jan 2011
76
56th
Ok but uneven. The Jazz Fest exposition was painfully long and the love song montage reminded me of a commercial for genital herpes.
Rated 24 Jul 2011
63
22nd
Not at a bad thriller, setting the template for "crazy female stalker" movies. It provides such genuine suspense and shocking moments, and contextually serves as an interesting response to the sexual revolution. But there are some issues. The dialogue is often really hacky. There's an unbelievably cornball Roberta Flack montage. And the film has a rather narcissistic streak and disturbingly misogynistic undertones. Well-plotted and some interesting editing choices but too many shortcomings.
Rated 11 Jul 2008
70
57th
An engrossing psychological thriller.
Rated 05 Jan 2018
50
9th
Okay, but kind of slow. There is one scene where Killing Me Softly plays in pretty much it's entirety. I love that song, but it seriously feels like that part of the movie goes on for six hours.
Rated 24 Jan 2021
60
63rd
okay movie
Rated 06 Nov 2015
85
93rd
Jessica Walter plays an obsessed fan of a radio DJ who has reunited with the love of his life. This film is all around excellent. It just absolutely looks great, and Jessica Walter is phenomenal, going from a bit off but still endearing, to radically bipolar and suicidal, to hysterically violent.
Rated 09 Apr 2009
6
55th
The live band bit seemed a bit unnecessary.
Rated 20 Jan 2019
60
50th
Clint's debut, a solid stalker thriller, more or less holds up.
Rated 17 Oct 2019
70
49th
This is a chilling suspense thriller, a bit like an early version of Single White Female almost, with the stereotypical female psycho character present. I thought aspects of the plot were a little...unlikely, to say the least - I mean that in terms of what the main character, the DJ Dave Garver does (or more, doesn't do, such as alerting authorities to certain things). Its fair to say Clint Eastwood plays yet another cool, calm and collected type in this, like many of his other roles. Its ok.
Rated 29 Nov 2009
86
47th
Clint Eastwood, the playboy, at work.
Rated 21 Jan 2021
72
44th
Eastwood's directorial debut is rather unfussy, technically shabby, and seems off the cuff at times. Yet it's still a traditional horror-thriller done well, maybe because we're convinced a bad-ass like Eastwood is secretly afraid of this meager woman.
Rated 09 May 2021
70
29th
Eastwood's first time directing. And it's a solid effort. Great performance from a young Jessica Walter AKA Lucille Bluth (RIP). Unfortunately, the plot feels played out and nothing really stood out about this film, particularly, outside of Walter's performance. The stalker story has been done to death. It's hard to sympathize with Eastwood's character here given how many red flags he got early on. And gotta knock off points for that, plot-wise. Festival scene dragged on way too long.
Rated 24 Feb 2023
54
54th
I can't help but feel Clint was miscast for this movie because having the lead play himself up as this cool guy mcbadass every scene regardless of how crazy the circumstances are makes it hard to buy into. It also doesn't help that the character makes awful decisions the film paints as mundane, chief among them the fact he refuses to be honest to anyone for no real reason. On the other hand, Walter's yandere persona is consistently amusing enough for me to say the movie wasn't a total bore.
Rated 04 Jun 2023
55
24th
Not much going on under the hood.
Rated 08 Apr 2024
60
35th
I like the idea of obsession in movies. It can play out in so many different ways, going from Fatal Attraction to something like Misery. We're kinda getting there with 'Play Misty for Me', but not quite. The dynamics between characters are lukewarm and the best parts are the bits of tension with violence and lies. Poor Birdie, though! Her scene was the most intense one. Otherwise, it's just mediocre with a LOT of dramatic close-ups and zooms at people's eyes.
Rated 31 Mar 2012
76
57th
75.500
Rated 11 Aug 2014
75
30th
Clint begins his career at the helm with an investigation into the anxiety at the root of his trademark persona, using technique ranging from verite and Gothic while developing his signature chiaroscuro. The movie's interest is held, though, not so much by Eastwood, in front of or behind the camera, but by Jessica Walter's brilliantly focused performance.
Rated 19 Nov 2010
80
37th
It's a typical love story, with Clint being a super cool radio DJ and Jessica Walter being a terrifying stalker. A solid first effort from Clint.
Rated 18 Dec 2009
81
48th
Entertaining. Not a bad first film for Eastwood.
Rated 05 Jun 2011
77
40th
An intense thriller and a great directorial debut from Clint Eastwood. Set the stage for movies such as "Fatal Attraction"
Rated 06 Aug 2012
65
35th
The brilliant Jessica Walter is terrifying in this underrated Eastwood flick.
Rated 02 Oct 2008
80
84th
How good is Jessica Walters in this film? I've seen it heaps and she creeps me out every time. almost as good as her in Arrested development
Rated 03 Feb 2008
67
87th
I’ve seen this at least 3 times during the years and it still works nicely. It's a very respectable debut from Eastwood as a director and must have inspired numerous thrillers afterwards. Walter is frighteningly convicing in her role and Eastwood is not afraid to portrait his own character in compromising light. As a director he utilizes the surrounding locations and gives focus to the local music scene; taking his time with the jazz festival in an otherwise efficiently trimmed film.
Rated 02 Mar 2007
50
35th
Not bad.
Rated 03 Oct 2013
77
55th
76.500
Rated 13 Dec 2011
70
43rd
An interesting directing debut from Clint Eastwood. Not one of his best films though, and it has some hilariously inappropriate music in parts
Rated 13 Dec 2011
74
42nd
This is the first film Clint Eastwood directed and it is a good one. Jessica Walter is very good playing a psychotic, creepy stalker. Eastwood also gives a good performance in this film.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
65
71st
Score based on distant memory.
Rated 02 Aug 2010
3
32nd
Predictable. It also seems like Eastwood is struggling in all but a few badass lines and his staple grimace.
Rated 19 Feb 2010
8
82nd
Solid directorial debut from Eastwood. And yes, obviously Fatal Attraction stole from this movie. The ending is hilarious and well deserved. It was crazy to see Lucille Bluth play such a psychotic bitch, she was excellent.
Rated 05 May 2011
60
44th
Just had me wondering: why the clunky, 10 minute jazzfestival registration at 80%? It had no relation to the story at all. Initially I thought I accidentally switched channels! Funny!

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