It also is the movie that ruined Jessica Walter for me forever as I still cringe when I see her in anything since her creepy turn as Evelyn in Misty. I'd been a Jessica Walter fan since Grand Prix (1966). I still am but now with an asterisk. It's possible - perhaps even probable - the more famous film Fatal Attraction might never have been made without Eastwood having made Play Misty for Me. The late Roger Ebert wrote, "Play Misty for Me is not the artistic equal of Psycho, but in the business of collecting an audience into the palm of its hand and then squeezing hard, it is supreme."
Rotten Tomatoes describes Misty thusly: 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.