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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.

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(as Donald Siegel)

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... John McBurney
... Martha
... Edwina
... Carol
... Doris
Mae Mercer ... Hallie
... Amy
... 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
... 2nd Confederate Captain
... Scrogins
Patrick Culliton ... Miles Farnswoth
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As the costly American Civil War still rages on, a 12-year-old student of the forgotten Miss Martha Farnsworth's Seminary for Young Ladies in warm and humid Mississippi stumbles upon a gravely wounded Union soldier, John McBurney. Taken in to recover from his injuries, the Corporal is imprisoned in a small room inside the mansion, however, before long, the seductive and unwanted guest will manage to take advantage of the female inhabitants' wartime-subdued desires. But is really McBurney in control over the situation? Written by Nick Riganas

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One man...seven women...in a strange house! See more »

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Drama | Thriller | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

28 May 1971 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

El engaño  »

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$1,100,000, 31 December 1971
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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Don Siegel's favorite of all his films. See more »

Goofs

In the opening scene (c. 3 minutes) the little girl doesn't actually pick the mushrooms, she just gathers up previously picked (and very clean) fungi by their cups. To pick a mushroom in the wild one must grasp it at the bottom of the stem or use a knife. Picking a mushroom by grasping the cup would break it in two. See more »

Quotes

Martha Farnsworth: Hallie, you might shave Cpl. McBurney this morning. I'm tired of lookin' at that stubble.
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Referenced in A Time to Love (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Dove She is a Pretty Bird
(uncredited)
Traditional
Performed by Clint Eastwood
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An oddball gem.
10 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

Clint Eastwood in a soap opera? You bet! Gothic melodrama is what a real critic would most likely call it. Wounded Yankee soldier Eastwood is rescued from the field by several southern school girls. He finds himself in an isolated all girls school surrounded by young ladies from about 10 years old up to the middle aged school mistress. Kinky! Crushes and jealousy kick in as Eastwood attempts to get as much mileage out of his situation as he can. He's a nasty man, but these are some nasty girls. I remember when this came out at the drive-in. No one really knew what to make of it. A few months later "Dirty Harry" was released and this out of step Clint Eastwood movie just disappeared. That's a shame. It's something really different. Directed by Eastwood's longtime collaborater Don Segal, the film has a highly stylized look and feel to it. It's just plain creepy and that feeling never lets up. There are no good guys or bad guys, just nasty people trying to take advantage of other nasty people who in turn grow nastier and nastier as the movie progresses. It doesn't cover all the ground the book did. (I read it during a tour of jury duty some years ago.) But it moves at a good pace and it's sometimes complicated plot stays reasonable easy to follow. (The book was very hard to keep straight!) Creepy and nasty and very different. Well worth a look, especially by Eastwood fans.


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