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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:

Don Siegel (as Donald Siegel)

Writers:

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clint Eastwood ... John McBurney
Geraldine Page ... Martha
Elizabeth Hartman ... Edwina
Jo Ann Harris ... Carol
Darleen Carr ... Doris
Mae Mercer Mae Mercer ... Hallie
Pamelyn Ferdin ... Amy
Melody Thomas Scott ... Abigail (as Melody Thomas)
Peggy Drier Peggy Drier ... Lizzie
Patricia Mattick Patricia Mattick ... Janie (as Pattye Mattick)
Charlie Briggs Charlie Briggs ... 1st Confederate Captain (as Charles Briggs)
George Dunn George Dunn ... Sam Jefferson
Charles G. Martin ... 2nd Confederate Captain
Matt Clark ... Scrogins
Patrick Culliton Patrick Culliton ... Miles Farnswoth
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Storyline

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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His love... or his life... See more »

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Drama | Thriller | War

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

28 May 1971 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

El engaño See more »

Filming Locations:

Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,100,000, 31 December 1971
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Company Credits

Production Co:

The Malpaso Company See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

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

Cpl. John McBurney: How old are you Amy?
Amy: Twelve. Thirteen in September.
Cpl. John McBurney: Old enough for kisses.
[kiss]
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Alternate Versions

The leg amputation scene was edited by the censors for the film's original UK cinema release. Later releases were uncut and rated 15. See more »


Soundtracks

Dove She is a Pretty Bird
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Traditional
Performed by Clint Eastwood
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Under-rated Civil War Gem!
13 December 2004 | by shepardjessica-1See all my reviews

This Don Siegel/Clint Eastwood strange and hypnotic drama was left by the wayside in 1971 and what a pity. A fascinating character study with some great women for Squint to deal with. Geraldine Page was one of our supreme actresses and she's perfectly cast. Young Jo Ann Harris is a flirty minx, and Elizabeth Hartman (who died too young) is undeniably repressed.

A 7 out of 10. Best performance = C. Eastwood. Released the same year as DIRTY HARRY, this did no business, beside getting some good reviews. Seek this out unless you're only into "Explosion" films. Very subtle and frightening, this piece will stick with you.


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