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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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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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Drama | Thriller | War

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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 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. 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: I've just been thinking about all the advantages a one-legged man has. He saves on socks. He doesn't have to worry about trimming as many toenails... fewer corns and bunions. I've been contemplating asking her to cut off the other one.
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Dove She is a Pretty Bird
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Traditional
Performed by Clint Eastwood
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A Study in Suppressed Sexuality
6 May 1999 | by See all my reviews

This powerful drama centering around the effect which the arrival of a wounded civil war soldier has on a house full of women is probably Don Siegel's finest achievement, and is yet another example of Eastwood's willingness to break new ground and tackle new genres. It is also, perhaps, the finest acting performance of his career. His presence in the house releases not only deeply repressed sexual urges in the women who are helping him to recover from his wounds, but a sexually competitive frenzy which becomes ever more dangerous and frightening.


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