Not a bad directorial debut from Eastwood but his beige acting here (and a not-so-perfect story) sort of takes away from Jessica Walter's great performance. It's amazing to watch her in a dramatic role after watching her over and over as Lucille Bluth. Sure it's a little dated and Eastwood isn't in his comfort zone, but it's enjoyable enough.
This movie is mix of cheese and genuine quality. It's fun to laugh at Eastwood's sideburns and "cool jazz" dj voice as well as his newbie directorial indulgences (like forgeting the plot for what feels like 20 min & turning into a jazz festival doc). Jessica Walter is great, however the novely of this film has been cheapened over the years since by being ripped off a few times.
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!
A rather tentative formula-thriller - despite some odd jazzy and sexual longueurs adding little except length. Stock characters - ying and simple yang female counterpoints - hold it back from any sense of realism and modish editing merely adds noise without texture. Nevertheless it plots it's predictable way to the expected denouement passably enough.
Odd directorial debut of Eastwood. Chick from arrested development is good as a psychopathic female with a fatal attraction on Eastwoods radio DJ. A swaggering 70s film with a great lady killer performance by Eastwood. Must be seen for any serious fan of Eastwood and/or 70s Hollywood new wave
One of Clint's most overlooked and under appreciated films, Play Misty For Me shows a side to Eastwood that we rarely see anymore. Jessica Walter is fantastic as a psycho-stalker in her best performance ever put on film - next to Lucile Bluth. Eastwood creates a sense of unease while building tension effectively and planting seeds early. While it doesn't quite hold up like once use to, it's still a tense thriller.