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The Beguiled (2017)

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The unexpected arrival of a wounded Union soldier at a girls school in Virginia during the American Civil War leads to jealousy and betrayal.

Director:

Sofia Coppola

Writers:

Sofia Coppola (screenplay by), Thomas Cullinan (based on the novel by) | 2 more credits »
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4 wins & 23 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Colin Farrell ... Corporal McBurney
Nicole Kidman ... Miss Martha
Kirsten Dunst ... Edwina
Elle Fanning ... Alicia
Oona Laurence ... Amy
Angourie Rice ... Jane
Addison Riecke ... Marie
Emma Howard Emma Howard ... Emily
Wayne Pére ... Captain (as Wayne Pere)
Matt Story ... Confederate Soldier
Joel Albin Joel Albin ... Cavalry Man
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Storyline

Three years into the American Civil War, in 1864, the dilapidated mansion of Miss Martha Farnsworth's Seminary for Young Ladies is still running, occupied by the matriarch, a teacher and five students in Spanish moss-draped Virginia. However, when a young student stumbles upon Corporal John McBurney, a wounded Union deserter on the verge of death, the already frail balance of things will be disrupted, as the hesitant headmistress decides to take him in to heal from his injury. Little by little, as the unwelcome guest arouses an uneasy sexual excitation among the women of the secluded boarding school, it is not before long that they will find themselves competing for the alluring man's favour. Undoubtedly, this handsome devil is a manipulator, nevertheless, will the ladies stay forever beguiled by his charm? Written by Nick Riganas

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Innocent, until betrayed.

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

30 June 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El seductor See more »

Filming Locations:

Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$229,292, 25 June 2017, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$10,576,669

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,871,398, 13 August 2017
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Shot in 26 days. See more »

Goofs

When Miss Martha walks down the steps to answer the door, she is initially seen holding a revolver in her left hand. Then suddenly before she gets to the door, the revolver is in her right hand. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Amy: [finding some mushrooms] Here you go.
John McBurney: [sitting wounded by a tree] Shh. Are you frightened?
Amy: No. Yes.
John McBurney: Uh, so am I.
Amy: Can you move at all?
John McBurney: Uh... Uh, I'll try, if there's some place to go.
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Featured in News at Ten: Episode dated 30 June 2017 (2017) See more »

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Concerto in B Minor (Op. 35)
Written by Oskar Rieding
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A perfect cure for insomnia
15 July 2017 | by ladybamptonSee all my reviews

I have seen the original version of this film, which starred Clint Eastwood, many years ago and remembered it as being atmospheric and full of sexual tension so was looking forward to seeing this. Unfortunately I was in for a huge disappointment. The pace was slow, dialogue laboured, scenes so darkly 'lit' my overwhelming impression of the film is endless greyness. Even the beautiful and talented Nicole Kidman couldn't lift it out of the gloom. The characters had no flesh on their bones, there was no back story of any depth and I cared so little for any of them that I fell asleep. I was saddened to wake from my slumber and discover I had only slept for a few, too brief, minutes and this turgid film was still playing. I decided I must try harder to get on board as it was my time and money after all and I could sleep for free at home so concentrated on staying awake and waiting for the excitement, as every film has at least a little bit of excitement, but not this one. It is one-paced, boring, dull, nothing of any import happens at all. Save your money, stay at home and watch the original, it's a far better film than this drivel.


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