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Director:
Writers:
Albert Maltz (screenplay) and
Irene Kamp (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
29 January 1971 (Italy) See more »
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Who is really the captor and who the captive? See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Clint Eastwood ... John McBurney

Geraldine Page ... Martha

Elizabeth Hartman ... Edwina

Jo Ann Harris ... Carol

Darleen Carr ... Doris
Mae Mercer ... Hallie

Pamelyn Ferdin ... Amy

Melody Thomas Scott ... 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 G. Martin ... 2nd Confederate Captain

Matt Clark ... Scrogins
Patrick Culliton ... Miles Farnswoth
Buddy Van Horn ... Soldier (as Wayne 'Buddy' Van Horn)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Randy Brown ... Confederate Sergeant (uncredited)

Victor Izay ... Wagon Driver (uncredited)
Bill Lee ... Singer (uncredited)
Jim Malinda ... Wade (uncredited)

Directed by
Don Siegel  (as Donald Siegel)
 
Writing credits
Albert Maltz (screenplay) (as John B. Sherry) and
Irene Kamp (screenplay) (as Grimes Grice)

Thomas Cullinan (from the novel by)

Claude Traverse  rewrite (uncredited)

Produced by
Jennings Lang .... executive producer
Don Siegel .... producer (as Donald Siegel)
Claude Traverse .... associate producer
Julian Blaustein .... executive producer (uncredited)
Clint Eastwood .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Lalo Schifrin 
 
Cinematography by
Bruce Surtees (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Carl Pingitore 
 
Casting by
Robert J. LaSanka (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Ted Haworth 
 
Art Direction by
Alexander Golitzen 
 
Set Decoration by
John P. Austin  (as John Austin)
 
Costume Design by
Helen Colvig 
 
Makeup Department
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Kathryn Blondell .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Gae Clark Butler .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Michael Germain .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Kaye Pownall .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Frank Westmore .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Marvin G. Westmore .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Joseph C. Cavalier .... unit production manager (as Joe Cavalier)
Burt Astor .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Burt Astor .... assistant director
Joseph C. Cavalier .... second unit director (as Joe Cavalier)
Brad H. Aronson .... assistant director (uncredited)
William A. Morrison .... assistant director trainee (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Alex Alvarez .... leadman (uncredited)
John W. Corso .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Bill Cowan .... greensman (uncredited)
Forest Rankin .... props (uncredited)
Julius Rosenkrantz .... props (uncredited)
Ward Welton .... painter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John L. Mack .... sound (as John Mack)
Waldon O. Watson .... sound
William Griffith .... recordist (uncredited)
Al Marsh .... mike man (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Jack DeBron .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Buddy Van Horn .... stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Buddy Van Horn .... stunt double (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John L. Black .... grip (uncredited)
Gene Griffith .... crane crew (uncredited)
Jim Hoover .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
John Hovanesak .... best boy (uncredited)
Earl Kennedy .... gaffer (uncredited)
Al Martino .... camera mechanic (uncredited)
Russell McCarthy .... generator operator (uncredited)
Steve Rez .... grip (uncredited)
Steve Rez .... key grip (uncredited)
Billy Simpson .... crane crew (uncredited)
Frank Stanley .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Richard Tim Vanik .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Sylvia Summers .... casting secretary (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carol Christie .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Neva Rames .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Glenn Wright .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Hayden D. Anglin .... driver (uncredited)
Mel Bingham .... driver captain (uncredited)
Jim Masoner .... driver (uncredited)
Ardie McLaughlin .... driver (uncredited)
Art Rimdzius .... driver (uncredited)
Jack Scott .... driver (uncredited)
Jean Spray .... driver: Titan crane (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Scott Hale .... dialogue coach
Cecelia Burrows .... secretary: Mr. Siegel (uncredited)
Jack Casey .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Hank Guzman .... auditor (uncredited)
Connie Izay .... first aid (uncredited)
Ray Quiroz .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Carol Rydall .... secretary: Mr. Eastwood (uncredited)
Jerry Sailor .... projectionist (uncredited)
Dominic Santarone .... caterer (uncredited)
Ruth Santarone .... caterer (uncredited)
Jean Seaman .... welfare worker (uncredited)
Danny Young .... timekeeper (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
105 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:SOA (original rating) | Australia:M (re-rating) (1985) | Brazil:18 | Canada:R (Alberta) (original rating) | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:R (Nova Scotia/Ontario) | Canada:18+ (Quebec) (original rating) | Canada:PG (TV rating) | Canada:14A (Alberta) (re-rating) (2013) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) (re-rating) (2003) | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-15 (uncut) (2009) | Finland:K-16 (cut) (1971) (1989) | France:Tous publics | Iceland:16 | Ireland:15 | Italy:VM14 | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R16 | Norway:16 | Singapore:M18 | South Korea:18 (2016) | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:X (original rating) | UK:15 (re-rating) (1988) | USA:R (Approved No. 22657) | West Germany:16
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Trivia:
According to Don Siegel in his biography, Universal Studios did not properly manage the release of the movie, presenting it as one more action film starring Clint Eastwood, which of course disappointed the audiences faithful to his usual films. Siegel also said that this film should have been shown in local theaters in NYC, and then could have probably been a moderate success instead of a total failure at the box office.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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 warSee more »
Quotes:
Cpl. John McBurney:According to the new rules around here, I'm gonna have the run of this place. One is that I'm gonna be with any young lady that desires my company. Now, if you have any objections, then I'm gonna locate the nearest Union Calvary and tell them about some of the goodies - especially the beddin' down variety!See more »
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Version of The Beguiled (2017)See more »
Soundtrack:
Dove She is a Pretty BirdSee more »

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33 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Had to have been scandalous for its time., 3 December 2006
Author: TOMASBBloodhound from Omaha, NE USA

During the brief period between Clint Eastwood's string of spaghetti westerns and his Dirty Harry films, he and director Don Siegel teamed up to make this unusual picture. Eastwood plays an injured Union Army corporal during the Civil War who is taken in by a southern school for girls until he recovers from his wounds. It has been a while since the young women (most of which seem to be teenagers) have had a man on the premises, so they are reluctant to turn him in to the local rebel soldiers. The resulting situations are often humorous, shocking, erotic, or even downright grotesque as Eastwood slowly regains his strength and begins to brood over the establishment.

The basic storyline almost sounds like the makings of a porno film. We have a masculine male suddenly surrounded by young nubile women. Most of them are sexually attracted to him. And he is more than willing to spread the love amongst them. The material never really slips down to the level of "tasteless", however. Eastwood, Siegel, and cinematographer Bruce Surtees are such skilled filmmakers, that the film always retains its dignity.

Eastwood's John McBurney is like no other character he has ever played. McBurney is an amoral, conniving, and lustful charlatan. He knows that most of the women, even the youngest want his bod, and he lets more than one of them have a shot at him. McBurney often uses flattery to butter the women up, then uses his rugged good looks to reel them in. He is like a drunken player at a cocktail party, often hitting on different women even in the same scene! Eventually, his lustful ways cause him great agony and loss in a way you must see for yourselves. This author would not dream of revealing the specific consequences of his actions, but there is little doubt he has them coming.

Eastwood gives a typically great performance. He seems to be having a blast with the role until things turn really ugly, then he turns mean and ugly. Geraldine Page is a treat as the steely B*tch who runs the school. We know she wants McBurney as much as the other girls, but with her checkered past shown to us in flashbacks, we find out that isn't all she's after! Mae Mercer as a slave belonging to the school gives a great performance, too. She obviously knows McBurney is a skunk from the beginning, and she never lets his phony charm bring her guard down. This is a character you will want to know more about after the film is over. She seems to have a greater knowledge of the world than anyone else in the film.

The Beguiled did poorly in its theatrical release. Nobody was quite sure what to make of it, and some of its content no doubt raised a few eyebrows in 1971. For example, in an early scene we see Eastwood romantically kiss a 12-yr-old girl. Is he just trying to keep her quiet when the rebel soldiers get close, or is he really enjoying it? Probably both! A fantasy sequence later on even shows Clint getting it on with not only Page, but her young assistant! Truly some interesting goings on in this one. It's a good thing Eastwood became the star he did, or this one might have been long forgotten.

Highly recommended. 9 of 10 stars.

The Hound.

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