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FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Clint Eastwood
Jessica Walter
Donna Mills
John Larch
Jack Ging.
Directors
Clint Eastwood.
Screenwriters
Jo Heims.
Running Time
102 minutes

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Play Misty For Me
Clint's smooth late-night D.J. is powerless in the face of Jessica Walter's stalker in his directorial debut.


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Plot
A Californian disc-jockey on the graveyard shift gets pursued by a suicidal woman who's become obsessed with his voice.


Review
The highlights of Clint Eastwood's career behind the camera involve exploring or undermining his iconic presence in front of it. It's a practice that dates back to this directorial debut, in which fledgling auteur allows established movie star to be unsympathetic, selfish and — in the words of the title song — as helpless as a kitten up a tree.

Clint's smooth, late-night D.J. is powerless in the face of Jessica Walter's stalker, as she sets out to turn their one night stand into a lasting, meaningful relationship.

When her target's commitment phobia kicks in, the scorned woman takes to suicide bids, and murders attempted and successful — all preceded by Walter's bloodcurdling screams.


Verdict
The Man With No Name faces a whole lot of pain in Clint's thrilling directorial debut.


Reviewed by Rob Fraser

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