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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.

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(as Donald Siegel)

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(screenplay) (as John B. Sherry) , (screenplay) (as Grimes Grice) , 2 more credits »
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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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One man...seven women...in a strange house! See more »

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Drama | Romance | Thriller | War

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28 May 1971 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

El engaño  »

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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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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

Hallie: Miss Martha said I should shave you. But I ain't so sure.
[examining his face]
Hallie: I don't think the Lord want a man's face all smooth like a baby's bottom. That's why he gave him whiskers. Might be a sin to shave that group off.
Cpl. John McBurney: [huskily] Then don't do it. Sinning oughta be saved for *much* more important things!
Hallie: I better shave you! Miss Martha give me my orders. Not the Lord.
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Deliciously erotic, disturbingly macabre
13 May 1999 | by See 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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