The Beguiled Reviews

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Super Reviewer
November 28, 2011
Wow Clint Eastwood took full advantage. Women and Clinteastwood in his youth. Sorrounded from teenagers to well lady`s? And he had them all.

It is actually a very interesting Drama, very unusuall for the Movie with Clint Eastwood which I have seen.

Super Reviewer
½ September 18, 2010
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.
Super Reviewer
December 21, 2007
Certainly the strangest association between Eastwood and Siegel, but also one of their best. A morbidly perverse cautionary tale, narrated with the pulse of a master. Its southern ghotic surroundings are as macabre as tantalizing.
Super Reviewer
½ November 20, 2008
sorry, is this a comedy? cuz it's hilarious :p
Super Reviewer
September 21, 2007
One of Eastwood's lesser known movies, and one of his very best. Like Play Misty for Me, also released in 1971, Don Siegel's The Beguiled cleverly subverts Clint's macho/heroic image and recasts him as a vulnerable but thoroughly deserving victim of scorned femininity. However, whereas in Misty he's just a womaniser who happens to tangle with a rather poisonous species of clinging vine, The Beguiled gives Eastwood perhaps the only genuinely villainous role of his entire career. (I'm not checking that up but I can't think of another).

He plays a wounded Union soldier in the Civil War, taken in and nursed back to health by the staff and pupils of an all-female, Louisiana boarding school. Expecting to be handed over to a Confederate patrol as soon as he is fit again, the soldier turns on the charm to buy himself enough time to escape, inadvertently stirring up a hotbed of jealousy as the women and girls compete for his affection, ending in tragedy. The female members of the cast are outstanding - none better than Pamelyn Ferdin, who plays the little girl who finds the soldier in the woods - and even Eastwood is stretched considerably further than usual. The Spanish Moss festooned Louisiana woodland does wonders for the haunting atmosphere of the movie.
Super Reviewer
March 12, 2008
The Beguiled is the film that taught Clint Eastwood that a man has to know his limitations. The film is about a Union soldier that is found by one of the young schoolgirls that are studying at a boarding school in the south during the Civil War. Regional and sexual tensions ensue as the film builds toward its conclusion of who is the predator and who is the prey.

This is not your typical Clint Eastwood/Don Siegel film. The story is reminiscent of Edgar Alan Poe, a dark, sexy tale about how a mans urges dig him deeper and deeper into trouble. The Beguiled seems to be an attempt at giving Eastwood a more dramatic turn on screen, but the problem is that he doesn't look very comfortable while doing it. The rest of the cast give us great performances as southern girls locked away by the war between the states and Siegel uses the eerie surroundings as an unconscious reminder of what lurks in the school.

The great thing about The Beguiled is that there are no heroes and villains. Everyone is guilty of something throughout the film, which makes the film a great sociology project. It shows us the evil that men (or women) do.
Super Reviewer
April 7, 2007
weird civil war drama, not that thats bad just don't expect the typical clint movie.
Super Reviewer
½ December 25, 2006
A very unusual western in which an injured Clint takes refuge in a house populated with nubile young girls who he takes to his bed one by one, not counting on the concequences of his lascivious actions. Bizarre psychological thriller with a powerful and wholly unexpected ending.
Super Reviewer
October 31, 2006
Eastwood worked with director Don Siegel for the third time, exudes cool, threatening sexuality.
Super Reviewer
September 11, 2013
Little known Don Siegal classic. Eastwood plays a wounded Casanova who manipulates and seduces an all girls school. Must see.
½ May 28, 2013
Easily one of the most underrated and under appreciated films in Eastwood's career. A masterfully and well done psychological thriller with a smart story, terrific cast members, and a powerful driven force by Clint. The direction is perfect and the overall theme sets up nicely.
July 16, 2012
Really liked this movie. Great acting, good cinematography and a nice story. Sexy and interesting. It kept me interested from start to finish. One of my favorite Clint Eastwood movies.
June 17, 2012
Found this movie to be pretty darn awful. The plot is an intriguing one however the directing and the pacing of this film is horrendous. Being a Clint Eastwood fan, found his acting poor and ill cast for the role of a slick womanizing oppertunist. The acting overall in the film is pretty bad, the exception being Elizabeth Hartman who portrays a rollercoaster of emotion of passion and turmoil. Much of the blame goes to the director for capturing each of these scenes in the manner that the actors present. The writing has many gaps and sadly this movie just never delivers. This film needs a reboot with a fresh story.
Super Reviewer
November 8, 2010
I cant believe Ive never heard of this Clint Eastwood flick until I saw it on The Western Channel.Its 1 of Clints best & not his usual type of movie.This movie has it all-Drama,Suspense,Comedy.I loved the settings & I loved the ending
½ June 12, 2009
A great comeuppance movie. Siegel did a pretty good job with the material. It's unlike many of Eastwood's other films.
½ May 23, 2009
so good, so interesting, really would like to be my friend EastWood, in one house all full of women, like in this history, peppone.
½ March 31, 2009
don siegel & clint eastwood is back together working film. good starring by clint eastwood and very pointless ending.
½ February 6, 2008
This is a cool flick...Eastwood plays a Union soldier who is wounded and winds up in a Confederate girls school. He charms all the women in the house and leads them all know what happens when women become scorned. Revenge is always sweet!!!!
½ May 7, 2008
One of Clint's forgotten westerns. This is mind twister. Geraldine Page and Elizabeth Hartman are just plain eery here.
This is not your Dads western, rent it now!!!
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