Play Misty for Me
Play Misty for Me (1971)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1971
DVD Release Date: September 18, 2001
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A coolly calculating psychological thriller that manages to scare the audience even if it is just using textbook thrills.

Jay Cocks
TIME Magazine

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.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

A highly enjoyable thriller.

Fernando F. Croce

Clint Eastwood's first film as a director, and first investigation into the anxiety at the root of the Eastwood persona

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Variety Staff

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.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Eastwood's camera is rarely misplaced, and he shows a talent for the thriller genre worthy of a comparison to Hitchcock.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Roger Greenspun
New York Times

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.

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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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
This is most noted for being the directorial debut of Clint Eastwood, who also starred in it as the protagonist Dave Garver. The film was a good starting point… More
Wahida K
The scream you hear may be your own!
Melvin White
Evelyn: Careful! I might put your eye out.  "The scream you hear may be your own!" An interesting, if poorly dated, thriller. The only reason that… More
Dan Schultz
When a Radio DJ (Clint Eastwood) has a one-night stand with his #1 fan (Jessica Walter), she refuses to play nice and go away quietly, instead wrecking havoc on… More
Randy Tippy
The original <i>Fatal Attraction</i>. Still effective, though the soundtrack is slightly dated. Creepy, ominous and thrilling. *NOTE: Maybe… More
Dean King
A great little thriller and the first film directed by Clint Eastwood. I imagine quite powerful in its day, one of the first obsessive, stalker thrillers. No… More

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