The Beguiled

The Beguiled

Blu-ray Disc - 2015
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A tense psychological drama about love and betrayal set at the height of the Civil War. An injured Yankee soldier John McBurney is rescued by a young girl who offers him refuge at her all-girl boarding school in the south. He charms the teachers and students as they nurse him back to health, but his lustful manipulations cause them to spiral into jealous and vengeful rages against him. Feeling trapped, John realizes that his benefactress cannot be trusted, with his love or with his life!
Publisher: [UNITED STATES] : Universal Studios Canada Inc., 2015
Edition: Widescreen ed
Branch Call Number: BLU Begui
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 105 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Aug 16, 2018

I have watched this movie several times over the years, always stayed in my mind as it is haunting and suggests rather than blatant in your face sexuality and psychological distress.

So, after watching new version with Colin Farrell, it is my opinion that the Clint Eastwood version is far superior.

Enjoy watching the masters of stagecraft strut their stuff.

Feb 07, 2018

My my. What a handsome young Clint Eastwood. Love, betrayal, trust and war. What else could you ask for! And a woman scorned! I think there’s a lesson there. I’m on a Geraldine Page movie-a-thon which is why I got this. Geraldine was, of course, wonderful. The young women played to their parts which were well defined. Much much better than the remake Nicole Kidman did.

Oct 28, 2017

A sexually-charged Southern Gothic cult film that's monumentally underappreciated. Ranks as one of Clint Eastwood and Don Siegel's better films. This film is much better than the recent remake.

Sep 29, 2017

This is the original Clint Eastwood version of the film which Colin Farrell has now remade. I have yet to see Farrell and Kidman's ideal of this great film but I find it hard to believe anyone could best Eastwood in this role.

Aug 30, 2017

I wanted to see the first movie made from the book that I'd read recently and some parts were very similar, but some of the story-line had changed. I found the book rather boring until the last 50+ pages and the movie quite the opposite - not at all boring and fast-paced.

Aug 22, 2017

I expect there will be renewed interest in this 1971 film because of the recent Sofia Coppola version. Both are based on a book by Thomas Cullinan. In one of his most uncharacteristic roles and most unusual movies, Clint Eastwood plays a wounded Union soldiers who hides out in an all-girls school in the South. His masculine presence disrupts the cocoon-like world of the school, led by headmistress Geraldine Page. It has an atmosphere that's both languidly Southern and erotically fraught and though nothing much happens, it's never dull. The new version has been criticized for excluding the sole black character. Eastwood and director Don Siegel worked on 5 films together, including "Dirty Harry" and "Escape from Alcatraz."

Aug 10, 2015

I came to know of this film as being one of those featured in Sight and Sound magazine under the title, "Southern Gothic." I was surprised of Clint Eastwood's role as being anti-hero here. The film is oozing with one form of eroticism from that of outright lust to the 2 young ladies, to a restrained and controlled one for the school proprietress and even to the young lass who saved him. Quite an enjoyable film specially in understanding and appreciating 60s=made films.

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