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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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Details

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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Both Collin Farrell and Kristen Dunst have starred in Marvel productions, Farrell as Bullseye in "Daredevil" and Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson in Raimi's "Spider Man" trilogy. 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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Music by J.P. Webster (as Joseph Philbrick Webster)
Lyrics by Henry D.L. Webster
Performed by Oona Laurence (uncredited)
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Now I really appreciate the original film
26 September 2017 | by smoke0See all my reviews

I have some lovely scenic videos on my camera, does that mean I can win Best Director at Cannes also? All seeing this film did was remind me of how much I enjoyed the trashy, tawdry original movie, which didn't even have to try half as hard as this one needed to to achieve atmosphere, characterization, and coherence.

Sofia took a simple story of love-starved ladies and adolescent girls alone with a handsome scoundrel who uses and abuses them until they turn the tables on him, and won an award for changing it into a confusing, dull, illogical mess of a movie with some pretty scenic views scattered here and there. Apparently this story was supposed to be told from the women's point of view, but there was no point at all.

There is also no point in viewing this film, so stick with the original.


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