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April 14, 2017
Perhaps its closest sister is Alfred Hitchcock's "Shadow of a Doubt," in the sense of how both films' ingredients cause you to dislike the character in hand. The movie was director Don Siegel's favorite of all his films, and I can see why. On a cinematic scale, it's his finest achievement apart from "Invasion of the Body Snatchers." It was a departure from Siegel's crowd-pleasing formula, which is the main reason he is often criticized.
Yesterday I watched Picnic at Hanging Rock, which I think is what the film should have been more like. There is certainly a lot to love here: the core of the movie is a pure, solid masterpiece. Unfortunately it is overpowered by Easwood's silky line delivery. The dialogue is often intentionally cringe-worthy. It is there to emphasize Eastwood's unlikable flirtation with the women. The direction textures this with a genuine taste of sexual hysteria.
Overall, the film is a blend of "Shadow of A Doubt" and "Black Narcissus" with a bit of "Through A Glass Darkly" and "The Innocents" thrown in for good measure.
½ February 16, 2017
Dark, twisted and disturbing. It's difficult to root for any character since most of them are horrible yet incredibly fascinating at the same time. Served to whet my appetite for the book and upcoming remake.
November 27, 2016
This is a decent movie that is 45 years old. Clint Eastwood does a really good job acting in this one. It's not even close to being one of his best movies, but a damn good job in the acting department. It definitely gets kind of intense towards the end. Great job to the set designer for making this have a creepy southern look.
September 10, 2016
Eastwood stars as a wounded Union soldier taken in by the mistress of a girls's school (Geraldine Page) in the South. At first she hides him just to let him recover from his injuries before turning him over to Confederate soldiers, but eventually she decides to keep hiding him due to a growing sexual attraction. The problem is that Eastwood has also been cozying up to one of the teachers and a couple of the students ... and things get seriously out of hand. Sexual tension, a creepy Southern Gothic atmosphere and unnecessary surgery all rear their ugly heads in this fantastic psycho-sexual thriller directed by Don Siegel. Out of Eastwood & Siegel's many amazing collaborations, this is the most atypical and most interesting.
July 10, 2016
Memorable, but twisted and sad. Odd that Eastwood wood be part of this one.
January 6, 2016
Pretty tepid melodrama. Typical study of what happens when you let a lone rooster loose in the henhouse and the drama that ensues. Only the dark ending and Eastwood saves it from being standard Movie-of-the-week fare.
November 17, 2015
Strange, occasionally interesting but ultimately dull, although Eastwood shines in possibly his most morally corrupt role. Far from the success in execution of the same director and lead actor collaboration in "Dirty Harry", "The Beguiled" feels like a 1970's politicisation of gender roles during the US civil war instead of a period film about desperation, sexual greed, entitlement and revenge. Not a complete failure but far from compelling.
November 1, 2015
Interesting but very dark.
October 7, 2015
Well done period suspense film. One could view it as an accurate commentary on how people treat each other. Only one question remains for me though: Who are we supposed to hate more in this story?
September 11, 2015
Unique casting of Eastwood. We know this story is on an unconventional path when he asks his young savior how old she is - 13 - and he responds with "Old enough for kissin".
September 5, 2015
Eastwood greasing it!
½ August 22, 2015
A tense, lurid, sexually charged psychological thriller unlike any film that Clint Eastwood has been in before; and all the better because of the unique opportunity it gives him.
Super Reviewer
July 26, 2015
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.
June 10, 2015
The 1st 3 min. Clint Eastwood kisses a 12 yr old and then the only way to find out if Eastwood is a yankee is to take off his pants! Very interesting movie
½ May 19, 2015
A very unlikely Clint Eastwood vehicle is a southern gothic involving Clint as a wounded Civil War soldier finding refuge in an all girls school. The story that unfolds involves sex, jealousy, torture, incest and murder. Clint is the main character, but the story more revolves around the women and girls at the school, to which Clint serves as a catalyst for a number of issues simmering below the surface. Geraldine Page plays the headmistress, Elizabeth Hartman plays an impressionable young woman, and Jo Ann Harris plays a more advanced and seductive girl at the school. Directed by Don Siegel, the film has a dreamlike quality that I don't recall in any other Siegel film. This film actually reminded me quite a lot of Peter Weir's "Picnic at Hanging Rock," which was make four years later. There is a find score by Lalo Schifrin and nice photography by Bruce Surtees. I consider this film an Siegel and Eastwood classic that isn't properly recognized.
March 8, 2015
Eastwood as a wounded Union soldier taken in to heal in the South at a girls school. Seems like a great situation as he becomes the top choice on several of the girls' dance cards. However, his choice to make out with several of the girls leads to jealousy and indirectly results in an amputated leg and a dinner of poisonous mushrooms. A good situation gone bad. Like all Eastwood films, well made and a decent plot.
½ February 24, 2015
A very clever scenario and a movie full of a strange atmosphere...
January 5, 2015
People just do not like Eastwood the cad.Nice departure although painfully slow at times.Religion found a tad to late for Corp. McBurney was a nice touch.
½ November 19, 2014
Great movie about human temptation.
September 21, 2014
I own this on DVD and Blu-Ray
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