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The Beguiled (1971)

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Original title: Beguiled, The

DVD Release Date
• R1: Jul 21, 1998

Running Time
1 hour, 45 minutes

Country USA

Studio Malpaso, Universal

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Other Titles
• The Beguiled (1971)
• Betrogen (1971)

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Genre: War, Drama, Revenge, Murder, Disturbing, Racy, Military, School / Campus, Melodrama, Period Piece

Tagline: One a strange house!

Plot: This bizarre Gothic Western, made the year before Clint Eastwood's equally eerie PLAY MISTY FOR ME, makes one wonder what was happening in the actor's personal life during this period. Set in the Deep South during the Civil War, the film stars Eastwood as John McBurney, a severely wounded soldier who is near death when discovered by a teenage girl. She takes him to the mansion that serves as her boarding school, where he slowly begins to regain his health under the care of headmistress Martha Farnsworth (Geraldine Page) and the dozen or so girls who live there. As McBurney gets better, he begins to charm the girls, all of whom are starved for affection because of the war's claim on their men. At length, powerful undercurrents of jealousy saturate the atmosphere as the girls, and even the headmistress, begin to vie for McBurney's attention. He first becomes involved with one of the oldest of the girls, Edwina Dabney (Elizabeth Hartman), but ultimately finds it difficult to resist the charms of some of her schoolmates. His promiscuity becomes his undoing. A fascinating mixture of eroticism and horror, THE BEGUILED is perhaps the most uncharacteristic of either Don Siegel's or Eastwood's career; its evocation of castration anxiety provides an interesting angle on the dark side of

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external link...It was Clint Eastwood being a poon-hunter in a multi- layered, brilliantly cast, exceptionally shot, highly ambitious, taboo heavy and mucho daring little chiller. How can you go wrong with that jive? See it, own it and come to the already “set in stone” conclusion that Clint Eastwood is “The Man”! He was then, still is today and will always be. CLINT! YOU FREAKING ROCK! 3.5/4

 Directed by
Don Siegel
Dirty Harry, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Escape from Alcatraz
 Written by
Albert Maltz
Two Mules for Sister Sara, Broken Arrow, The Naked City
Clint Eastwood
Million Dollar Baby, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Unforgiven
Geraldine Page
The Rescuers, Interiors, White Nights
Elizabeth Hartman
The Secret of NIMH, A Patch of Blue, Walking Tall
Jo Ann Harris
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Darleen Carr
The Jungle Book, Eight Days a Week, Piranha
Mae Mercer
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Pamelyn Ferdin
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 Music By
Lalo Schifrin
Mission: Impossible II, Mission: Impossible, Rush Hour

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