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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:

(as Donald Siegel)

Writers:

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Carol
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Doris
Mae Mercer ...
Hallie
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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
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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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Who is really the captor and who the captive? See more »

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Drama | Thriller | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 January 1971 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

Betrogen  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jeanne Moreau was Don Siegel's first choice for the Geraldine Page part, but Universal chief Lew Wasserman vetoed the idea. See more »

Goofs

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: Removing the ligatures will be painful. Do you want some laudanum?
Cpl. John McBurney: No thanks, kind lady! I'll fall asleep, and then just by chance, you might cut off my... other leg.
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Connections

Referenced in Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 20 April 2017 (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Dove She is a Pretty Bird
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Traditional
Performed by Clint Eastwood
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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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