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Play Misty for Me marked Clint Eastwood's debut as a director, and it gave him the then-unusual opportunity to play a regular contemporary guy in a thriller about sex, obsession, and stalking. Eastwood's Dave Garver is a self-centered California jazz disc jockey struggling with the idea of committing to his on-again, off-again girlfriend Tobie (Donna Mills). One night he meets the mini-skirted Evelyn (Jessica Walters) in a bar, and he goes home with her for what he assumes is a one-night stand. Dave discovers, however, that Evelyn has repeatedly called his show requesting that he… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

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"Eastwood displays a vigorous talent for sequences of violence and tension. He has obviously seen Psycho and Repulsion more than once, but those are excellent texts and he has learned his lessons passing well."
‑ Jay Cocks, TIME Magazine
"A highly enjoyable thriller."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"Clint Eastwood's first film as a director, and first investigation into the anxiety at the root of the Eastwood persona"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Much of the credit must go to Jessica Walter for her outstanding performance which somehow manages to be chilling while at the same time sympathetic."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The Man With No Name faces a whole lot of pain in Clint's thrilling directorial debut."
‑ Rob Fraser, Empire Magazine
"For that 80% of the film which constitutes the story, the structure and dialog create a mood of nervous terror which the other 20% nearly blows away."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"There is no purpose to a suspense thriller, I suppose, except to involve us, scare us, to give us moments of vicarious terror. Play Misty for Me does that with an almost cruel efficiency."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Eastwood's camera is rarely misplaced, and he shows a talent for the thriller genre worthy of a comparison to Hitchcock."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Eastwood's imperfect debut movie is a thiller full of personality and zest."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Un suspense qui profita abondamment de la largesse d'esprit du cinéma américain de l'époque, peut-être même un peu trop..."
‑ Jean-François Vandeuren, Panorama
"Clint Eastwood wisely chose a strong, simple thriller for his first film as a director, and the project is remarkable in its self-effacing dedication to getting the craft right."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"I think the fault lies with Clint Eastwood the director, who has made too many easy decisions about events, about the management of atmosphere, about the treatment of performances."
‑ Roger Greenspun, New York Times
"The star chose to cut his teeth on this small-scale movie, and the result -- although inevitably dated by its terrible clothes and period ambience -- stands up well but only as good late night television viewing."
‑ , Film4
"Clint's direction is sometimes shaky but usually assured, and he gets a bold performance from Jessica Walter."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Early Clint behind the camera shows the promise to come."
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
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