The Beguiled

The Beguiled

Don Siegel (1970)

100min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This eccentric change of pace for Clint Eastwood and action director Don Siegel, who successfully collaborated on Dirty Harry, could have been called "Sex and the Single Girls". Eastwood stars as a wounded Unionist soldier who's nursed and protected by the young ladies in a southern school run by Geraldine Page. But the girls' frustrated sexuality proves to be as much of a threat as the Confederate forces. It might have played better as a languid black comedy - Siegel's camera is too energetic for its own good - but it's still an effective melodrama, despite the undercurrent of misogyny.

Summary

A wounded Union soldier is given refuge in a girls' boarding school in the Confederate south during the American Civil War. However, his presence provokes jealousy and deceit among the students and teachers, and in an atmosphere of emotional and sexual repression they succumb to his overt masculinity and art of seduction. Drama, starring Clint Eastwood, Geraldine Page, Elizabeth Hartman and Jo Ann Harris.

Cast & Crew

John McBurney Clint Eastwood
Martha Farnsworth Geraldine Page
Edwina Dabney Elizabeth Hartman
Carol Jo Ann Harris
Doris Darleen Carr
Amy Pamelyn Ferdin
Hallie Mae Mercer
Abigail Melody Thomas
Director Don Siegel
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Rank Film Dists LtdGuidance: Violence, nudity. Available on: video and DVD
Drama