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The Beguiled (1971)




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In this film, Clint Eastwood plays a wounded Union soldier during the Civil War who takes refuge in a prim Southern girl's school overseen by Geraldine Page. He soon discovers that the ladies' hospitality had a hidden agenda: the love-starved students wish to use Eastwood as a nonstop sex machine.

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Clint Eastwood
as John McBurney
Mae Mercer
as Hallie
George Dunn
as Soldier
Matt Clark
as Soldier
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Critic Reviews for The Beguiled

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (2)

The story may sometimes come off as a ribald soldiers' tale that Siegel ... had been awaiting a sexual revolution to tell; still, his intense, intelligent breakdown of the film's wild outbursts reveals subtleties of love, despair, and shame ...

June 26, 2017 | Full Review…

A rather daring experiment in subverting audience empathy - almost an art-house 'I Spit On Your Grave,' in which the assault/revenge elements that may satisfy one half of the audience will probably piss off the other, and then vice versa.

June 8, 2017 | Full Review…

THE BEGUILED is an excellent film and surprisingly weird in the ways that provoke thought about sexual repression and the mental effects of war on the front lines and those shielded from society.

November 19, 2020 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Its status as one of Eastwood's most intriguing works remains undisturbed.

November 14, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

While the offbeat film is ultimately successful, it does bring out Siegel's worst stylistic impulses.

June 22, 2020 | Full Review…

It's a weird little movie that I'm glad I saw.

March 12, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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
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
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
Cassandra Maples

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