The Beguiled (1971)




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The Beguiled is a Freudian mood piece from the team of actor Clint Eastwood and director Don Siegel. Eastwood plays Corp. John McBurney, a wounded Union soldier during the Civil War, who takes refuge in a prim-and-proper Southern girl's school run by Martha Farnsworth (Geraldine Page). Chauvinistic, insensitive and conceited, McBurney takes full advantage of the women by bedding each successively -- and then learns the true meaning of "a woman scorned."

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By: ,
Written By: Albert Maltz, Irene Kamp, John B. Sherry, Grimes Grice
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On DVD: Jul 21, 1998
Universal Pictures


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Critic Reviews for The Beguiled

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | July 22, 2008
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Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Southern Gothic that sinks too deep into the bayous of sexploitation and horror towards the end, Don Siegel's adaptation of Thomas P Cullinan's 1966 novel is still ripe and pungent enough to intermittently fascinate.

Full Review… | July 11, 2013
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

It's perhaps their most atypical and most psychologically fascinating, showing Eastwood as more of a sexual being than most of his other, iconic films ever did.

Full Review… | January 9, 2009
Combustible Celluloid

Evidently the public didn't like Eastwood in this sleazy role and stayed away in droves.

Full Review… | April 24, 2008
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Audience Reviews for The Beguiled

Simply a wonderful take on the man-alone-in-a-harem theme, Clint plays a wounded Union soldier incapacitated in a Confederate seminary for young ladies. He's outstanding as the silver tongued cad who will say anything to bed a woman, woman who are desperate for the company of men in any case. Especially good is the decision to highlight the different approaches the ladies take to reach the same goal. Just a fun time at the movies.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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.


Wahida K

Super Reviewer


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.

Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

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