The Beguiled (1971)

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    Plot Summary
    During the civil war, injured Yankee soldier, John McBurney is rescued on the verge of death
    by a teenage girl from a southern boarding school.
    She manages to get him back to the school, and at first the all-female staff and pupils are scared.
    As he starts to recover, one by one he charms them and the atmosphere
    becomes filled with jealousy and deceit.
    Written by Col Needham

    Full Cast
    Clint Eastwood ... John McBurney
    Geraldine Page ... Martha
    Elizabeth Hartman ... Edwina
    Jo Ann Harris ... Carol
    Darleen Carr ... Doris
    Mae Mercer ... Hallie
    Pamelyn Ferdin ... Amy
    Melody Thomas Scott ... Abigail (as Melody Thomas)
    Peggy Drier ... Lizzie
    Patricia Mattick ... Janie (as Pattye Mattick)
    Charlie Briggs ... 1st Confederate Captain (as Charles Briggs)
    George Dunn ... Sam Jefferson
    Charles Martin ... 2nd Confederate Captain
    Matt Clark ... Scrogins
    Patrick Culliton ... Miles Farnswoth
    Buddy Van Horn ... Soldier (as Wayne 'Buddy' Van Horn)
    Randy Brown ... Confederate Sergeant (uncredited)
    Victor Izay ... Wagon Driver (uncredited)
    Bill Lee ... Singer (uncredited)
    Jim Malinda ... Wade (uncredited)

    Jennings Lang .... executive producer
    Don Siegel .... producer (as Donald Siegel)
    Claude Traverse .... associate producer
    Clint Eastwood .... executive producer (uncredited)

    Writing Credits
    Albert Maltz (screenplay) (as John B. Sherry) and
    Irene Kamp (screenplay) (as Grimes Grice)
    Thomas Cullinan (from the novel by)
    Claude Traverse rewrite (uncredited)

    Original Music
    Lalo Schifrin

    Bruce Surtees

    Don Siegel's favorite of all his films.

    Other titles contemplated by Universal Pictures were "Pussy-footing Down at the Old Plantation" and "On One I Walked".

    During the making of this film, Clint Eastwood directed his very first film, a behind the scenes look at his director Don Siegel at work called The Beguiled: The Storyteller.

    This is one of only three films to date in which Clint Eastwood's character dies. Both Eastwood and director Don Siegel had to fight with the bosses at Universal Pictures to keep this ending.

    Edwina sings a couple of lines from the gospel song "In the Garden," which wasn't written until 1912, more than 50 years after the time of the story.

    When McB is playing cards the deck has both the pictures (hearts, spades, etc) and the number in the corner. They didn't put #s on cards until 1864 and it was extremely rare to see a deck with them until 20-30 years after the war

    Memorable Quotes

    Watch the Trailer



    Filming Locations
    Ashland-Belle Helene Plantation - State Highway 75, Geismer, Louisiana, USA
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA
    Geismer, Louisiana, USA

    Best Wishes
    London- England

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  • The Beguiled is a 1971 drama film directed by Don Siegel,
    starring Clint Eastwood and Geraldine Page.

    The script was written by Albert Maltz and is based on the 1966 Southern Gothic novel written by
    Thomas P. Cullinan, originally titled A Painted Devil.
    The film marks the third of five collaborations between Siegel and Eastwood,
    following Coogan's Bluff (1968) and Two Mules for Sister Sara (1970)
    and continuing with Dirty Harry (1971) and Escape from Alcatraz (1979).

    I enjoyed this film, but thought it frightening,
    a great piece of acting and direction

    User Review


    A Study in Suppressed Sexuality,
    6 May 1999.Author: Paul Arthur

    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.

    Best Wishes
    London- England

    Edited once, last by ethanedwards ().