• The Beguiled (1971)

The Beguiled

Release Date: 1971

DVD Release Date: July 22nd, 1998

R |1 hr 49 min

Plot Summary

Offbeat Civil War drama in which a wounded Yankee soldier, after finding refuge in an isolated girls' school in the South towards the end of the war, becomes the object of the young women's sexual fantasies. The soldier manipulates the situation for his own gratification, but when he refuses to completely comply with the girls' wishes, they make it very difficult for him to leave.

Cast: Clint Eastwood, Geraldine Page, Elizabeth Hartman, Jo Ann Harris, Darleen Carr, Mae Mercer, Pamelyn Ferdin, Melody Thomas Scott

Director: Don Siegel

Genres: Historical drama

Production Co: Malpaso Company

Keywords: Offbeat, School, Love, Soldier, Forbidden love

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    Ian NathanEmpire

    One of the least famous of Clint's Western this is an enigma of the genre with ambiguity and psychological depth all over the place. show more

  • 70
    Vincent CanbyThe New York Times

    I must say that I found it interesting (even when it approached the ludicrous) because of its place in relation to other Siegel films and because I have nothing but appreciation for the performers. show more

  • 80
    Time Out

    Combining the conventions of both Western and Grand Guignol chiller, and often directed as if it were an art movie, this is one of Siegel and Eastwood's strangest - and most beguiling - collaborations. show more

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