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The Beguiled (1971)

 -  Drama | Romance | War  -  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.

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A manipulative Southern belle carries on a turbulent affair with a blockade runner during the American Civil War.

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Martha
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Edwina
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Carol
Darleen Carr ...
Doris
Mae Mercer ...
Hallie
Pamelyn Ferdin ...
Amy
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Abigail (as Melody Thomas)
Peggy Drier ...
Lizzie
Patricia Mattick ...
Janie (as Pattye Mattick)
Charlie Briggs ...
1st Confederate Captain (as Charles Briggs)
George Dunn ...
Sam Jefferson
Charles Martin ...
2nd Confederate Captain
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Scrogins
Patrick Culliton ...
Miles Farnswoth
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Storyline

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 <col@imdb.com>

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soldier | girl | yankee | death | civil war | See more »

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Drama | Romance | War | Western

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R | See all certifications »

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28 May 1971 (Finland)  »

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The Beguiled  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Other titles contemplated by Universal Pictures were "Pussy-footing Down at the Old Plantation" and "On One I Walked". See more »

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When McB is playing cards the deck has both the pictures (hearts, spades, etc) and the number in the corner. They didn't put #s on cards until 1864 and it was extremely rare to see a deck with them until 20-30 years after the war See more »

Quotes

Martha Farnsworth: If the pain gets too great, I'll ask Hallie to bring you some (wine).
Cpl. John McBurney: Well, this does seem like a good occasion, and I would love some wine.
Martha Farnsworth: It was offered for your pain, not for your pleasure!
Cpl. John McBurney: To be sure, ma'am. It's just that sometimes the two go together.
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Great Actress Roles
13 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Another well done moral ambiguity pieces where the anti-hero makes it hard to decide who to root for.

If nothing else "The Beguiled" silenced anyone who said there were no good parts for actresses in movies-at least in 1971. There were four excellent parts for actresses in this film and all were well cast and well executed.

Pamelyn Ferdin did a fine job as Amy and would go on to play "Wanda June". This must have been the first time an adult male box office star shared an extended kiss with a twelve-year-old girl on camera, wonder if there was much controversy about this at the time. It was probably Polanski's favorite scene. Given the fate of Amy's turtle "Randolph", it is no surprise that Ferdin grew up to be a hardcore animal rights activist.

Geraldine Page was likewise excellent, playing a complex character with just the right amount of restraint. It is interesting that she died just three days after Elizabeth Hartman committed suicide (throwing herself through a fifth floor window) as they had also worked together in "You're a Big Boy Now".

Hartman (who looks like she could be Blair Brown's sister) was wonderful as Edwina and should have gotten an Oscar (no other performance was even close that year), but given what we now know about her you wonder just how much of her performance was a studied effort and how much just came from inside her. Edwina shows such raw pain it is difficult to watch. Like Marilyn Monroe's incredible performance in "The Misfits", the viewer is probably seeing a whole lot of her own demons in the character she is playing.

Finally there is Jo Ann Harris who is stunningly perfect as the flirty Carol. For my money Harris was the sexiest actress of the 1970's, combining sensuality with intelligence and humor. She was the best reason to watch the "Most Wanted" television series and the only reason to watch "Wild Wild West Revisited". Hard to believe that someone who could bring all that to the screen never became a big star.


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