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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 »

Genres:

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

Other titles contemplated by Universal Pictures were "Pussy-footing Down at the Old Plantation" and "On One I Walked". See more »

Goofs

As Carol leaves the gazebo after Edwina arrives, she has to run a good distance to get to the tree where the blue rag is kept to alert patrols to "yanks", but when McB hears horses, he can see the front gate from the gazebo. See more »

Quotes

Cpl. John McBurney: You and I ought to be friends, Hallie.
Hallie: How you figure that?
Cpl. John McBurney: Well, we're both kinda prisoners here. Aren't we?
Hallie: We're different, Mr. Yankee. I can run.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Dove She is a Pretty Bird
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Traditional
Performed by Clint Eastwood
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This is an odd one
11 May 2013 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

By no means a typical Clint Eastwood movie this odd bordering on weird Civil War drama is worth viewing for the interesting collection of actresses assembled and its rather schizophrenic air of suppressed sexual hysteria. A definite mood piece that takes it's time getting were it going but not without interest or merit. Elizabeth Hartman didn't make many films but always had a distinctive presence, her intensity adds quite a bit to the overall tenor of this. Clint and the great Geraldine Page are an fascinating match although they apparently didn't hit it off too well behind the scenes leading to Miss Page's rather caustic quote "Yes I have acted with Clint Eastwood. Or rather, I have acted opposite Clint Eastwood."


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