The Beguiled (1971)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance, Thriller  |  28 May 1971 (Finland)
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While imprisoned in a Confederate girls boarding school, a Union soldier cons his way into each of the lonely women's hearts.


(as Donald Siegel)


(screenplay) (as John B. Sherry) , (screenplay) (as Grimes Grice) , 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Darleen Carr ...
Mae Mercer ...
Pamelyn Ferdin ...
Abigail (as Melody Thomas)
Peggy Drier ...
Patricia Mattick ...
Janie (as Pattye Mattick)
Charlie Briggs ...
1st Confederate Captain (as Charles Briggs)
George Dunn ...
Sam Jefferson
Charles Martin ...
2nd Confederate Captain
Patrick Culliton ...
Miles Farnswoth


During the civil war, injured Yankee soldier, John McBurney is rescued on the verge of death by a teenage girl from a southern boarding school. She manages to get him back to the school, and at first the all-female staff and pupils are scared. As he starts to recover, one by one he charms them and the atmosphere becomes filled with jealousy and deceit. Written by Col Needham <>

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Release Date:

28 May 1971 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Betrogen  »

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(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Clint Eastwood's amputated leg is the same artificial limb used in the opening credits in The Six Million Dollar Man. See more »


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 »


Hallie: Mr. Yankee, there was enough iron in your leg to shoe a horse!
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Dove She is a Pretty Bird
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an overlooked treasure
8 April 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Anybody who hasn't seen this film is truly missing something special. Though it may not necessarily be for everyones tastes. This film may possibly break more 'sexual taboos' than any other, and it is another wonderful example of the early 70's trend of high creativity and barrier's being broken like no other time. It is haunting and unusual, both erotic and disturbing. Lalo Schifrin's music is superbly "dreamy" and dark, the photography and imagery are equally so. A very intelligent, groundbreaking inventive film.

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