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The Beguiled (1971) Poster

(1971)

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Don Siegel's favorite of all his films.
Other titles contemplated by Universal Pictures were "Pussy-footing Down at the Old Plantation" and "On One I Walked".
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During the making of this film, Clint Eastwood directed his very first film, a behind the scenes look at his director Don Siegel at work called The Beguiled: The Storyteller (1971).
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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.
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Clint Eastwood and Jo Ann Harris had a love affair that continued well after they made the movie.
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Co-stars in the film Elizabeth Hartman and Geraldine Page died 3 days of each other: Hartman, a longtime sufferer of depression, committed suicide by jumping out of her fifth floor window on June 10, 1987, while Page died of a heart attack on June 13, 1987.
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Jeanne Moreau was Don Siegel's first choice for the Geraldine Page part, but Universal chief Lew Wasserman vetoed the idea.
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Don Siegel says in his biography that he forbade the use of make-up by the actresses on the set. But some of them trespassed the order and put on some mascara, lipstick and nail polish. That of course made Siegel angry.
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According to Don Siegel in his biography, Universal studios did not manage properly 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, then it could have probably been a moderate success instead a total failure at the box office.
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Don Siegel said that the film was commercially a failure because Universal studios released it with advertisement that suggested it was an action movie. And the result disappointed the die hard fans of Clint Eastwood's usual films.
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Spoilers 

The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

This is one of only three films to date in which Clint Eastwood's character dies. Both Eastwood and director Don Siegel had to fight with the bosses at Universal Pictures to keep this ending.

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