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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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Abigail (as Melody Thomas)
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Janie (as Pattye Mattick)
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1st Confederate Captain (as Charles Briggs)
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Sam Jefferson
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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 Louisiana 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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One man...seven women...in a strange house! See more »

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Drama | Thriller | War

Certificate:

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Release Date:

29 January 1971 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

El engaño  »

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Box Office

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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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Co-stars in the film Elizabeth Hartman and Geraldine Page died 3 days of each other: Hartman, a longtime sufferer of depression, committed suicide by jumping out of her fifth-floor window on June 10, 1987, while Page died of a heart attack on June 13, 1987. See more »

Goofs

When McB is playing cards the deck has both the pictures (hearts, spades, etc) and the number in the corner. They didn't put #s on cards until 1864 and it was extremely rare to see a deck with them until 20-30 years after the war 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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Referenced in Reflections of Evil (2002) See more »

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Dove She is a Pretty Bird
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Traditional
Performed by Clint Eastwood
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One of Eastwood's very few "horror" flicks....
16 November 2001 | by See all my reviews

.....and it's a good one, too. In fact, this may be one of the best studies of sexual repression ever made. It's extremely well-acted and has some downright chilling moments. An often overlooked film in Clint Eastwood's filmography, and atypical of him, to be sure, but if you're willing to accept him in such an ambiguous role, it's certainly very gripping. (***)


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