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The Beguiled (1971)

While imprisoned in a Confederate girls' boarding school, an injured Union soldier cons his way into each of the lonely women's hearts, causing them to turn on each other, and eventually, on him.

Director:

Don Siegel (as Donald Siegel)

Writers:

Albert Maltz (screenplay) (as John B. Sherry), Irene Kamp (screenplay) (as Grimes Grice) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clint Eastwood ... John McBurney
Geraldine Page ... Martha
Elizabeth Hartman ... Edwina
Jo Ann Harris ... Carol
Darleen Carr ... Doris
Mae Mercer Mae Mercer ... Hallie
Pamelyn Ferdin ... Amy
Melody Thomas Scott ... Abigail (as Melody Thomas)
Peggy Drier Peggy Drier ... Lizzie
Patricia Mattick Patricia Mattick ... Janie (as Pattye Mattick)
Charlie Briggs Charlie Briggs ... 1st Confederate Captain (as Charles Briggs)
George Dunn George Dunn ... Sam Jefferson
Charles G. Martin ... 2nd Confederate Captain (as Charles Martin)
Matt Clark ... Scrogins
Patrick Culliton ... Miles Farnswoth
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Storyline

As the costly American Civil War still rages on, a 12-year-old student of the forgotten Miss Martha Farnsworth's Seminary for Young Ladies in warm and humid Mississippi stumbles upon a gravely wounded Union soldier, John McBurney. Taken in to recover from his injuries, the Corporal is imprisoned in a small room inside the mansion, however, before long, the seductive and unwanted guest will manage to take advantage of the female inhabitants' wartime-subdued desires. But is really McBurney in control over the situation? Written by Nick Riganas

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His love... or his life... See more »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

28 May 1971 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

El engaño See more »

Filming Locations:

Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,100,000, 31 December 1971
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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Malpaso Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Based on the 1966 novel, "The Painted Devil" by Thomas P. Cullinan. See more »

Goofs

Edwina sings a couple of lines from the gospel song "In the Garden," which wasn't written until 1912, more than 50 years after the time of the story. See more »

Quotes

Doris: Well, I think we should refuse to work the garden until Miss Martha stops givin' food to the enemy of the Confederacy.
Carol: The Bible says, "Love thy enemy."
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Alternate Versions

The leg amputation scene was edited by the censors for the film's original UK cinema release. Later releases were uncut and rated 15. See more »

Connections

Referenced in A Time to Love (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Dove She is a Pretty Bird
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Traditional
Performed by Clint Eastwood
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Deliciously erotic, disturbingly macabre
13 May 1999 | by devalierSee all my reviews

Clever psychosexual drama about a wounded Union soldier (Clint Eastwood) who seeks refuge in an isolated Confederate school for young women during the Civil War. Slowly, Eastwood begins to seduce every girl in sight, until the tables are turned and he becomes the pursued in an unsettling, gothic-toned finale. Never has a film been so deliciously erotic yet disturbingly macabre at the same time.

This is undoubtedly Eastwood's finest hour (those who tune in for "Dirty Harry" will indeed be surprised), while the rest of the cast gives uniformly superb performances. Try to see the film on video, as television prints usually delete crucial flashback scenes between Geraldine Page and Patrick Culliton.


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