Play Misty For Me
There have been many actors who try their hand at directing, but few have shown the skill and had the success that Clint Eastwood has achieved. In 1971, with his spaghetti western career coming to a close, he got the chance to make a psychological thriller that has been hailed as one of the best directorial debuts in movie history, Play Misty For Me.
Set in his hometown, the future Mayor of Carmel, California, plays Dave Garver, a radio deejay at a jazz station. Estranged from his girlfriend, Tobie (Donna Mills), Dave starts a fling with a mysterious woman, Evelyn (Jessica Walter), who calls the station requesting that he, "play misty for me." Dave sees this as a convenient one-night stand, but she is nuts! I mean psycho in the "if I can't have you, no one will" way.
Will Dave survive when Evelyn goes off the deep end?
Jessica Walter chews up the scenery and plays the character so over the top that you have to love it. She truly embraces the psychotic side of her character and doesn't stop. If she doesn't make you think twice before having a one-night stand, nothing will.
Clint is Clint. It's difficult to star in just about every scene of the movie and direct, but Eastwood pulls it off with great success. Like any first time director, he throws in some gratuitous scenes to show off his directing ability, but, overall, sticks to the script, lets his actors do their job and wonderfully creates a suspenseful movie that scares the dickens out of you if you watch with the lights turned off. I apologize to my neighbors who heard me frightfully scream in the middle of the film.
Check it out this weekend.
Directed by Clint Eastwood
Written by Jo Heims and Dean Reisner
Clint Eastwood Dave Garver
Jessica Walter ..Evelyn
Donna Mills . Tobie
John Larch .. Sargent McCallum
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