The Beguiled

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Released 1971

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Director:
Don Siegel
Released:
1971
Rating:
R
The Beguiled is a dramatic film directed by Don Siegel that focuses on an injured Yankee soldier John McBurney (Clint Eastwood), who barely managed to survive the end of the Civil War only to find himself recovering as the only man in a school filled with all girls. Even if he had not been injured, John would have been the center of attention as the romance-starved females of the Louisiana boarding school begin to fawn and pine for his attentions. Charming, heroic, and manipulative, McBurney begins to play a dangerous game of seduction with not only the headmaster Martha (Geraldine Page) and teacher Edwina (Elizabeth Hartman) but with older student, Carol (Jo Ann Harris). His machinations do not go remained unnoticed for too long as the women decide to stop McBurney from making it back to his army troop ever again. As the saying goes, hell hath no fury as a woman scorned or rather, a school full of women.

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  • 70

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    I must say that I found it interesting (even when it approached the ludicrous) because of its place in relation to other Siegel films and because I have nothing but appreciation fo...

  • 60

    TV Guide Magazine

    It's funny when it shouldn't be, sentimental to a fault and has one of the goriest scenes ever shot.

  • 40

    Variety

    Marking a distinct change of pace for both director Don Siegel and star Clint Eastwood, The Beguiled doesn't come off, and cues laughter in all the wrong places.

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Love & Romance, Classics, Military & War