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!
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.
Clint Eastwood's Fatal Attraction. Well, not bad for a directorial debut. Eastwood did a pretty good job in this movie. He is still cool - although being stabbed (I think it was funny). IMO, this movie have some pace problems. It's kinda weird the plot moved into that "jazz festival" scene. I think it's not important. But yeah, it's very hard - to not mention Jessica Walter's erratic performance...