The Beguiled

  • 1971
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Many critics adored this picture, just as many didn't. Count us in the latter. Eastwood is a wounded Union soldier convalescing at a Southern girls' school. The girls become curious and then sensuous. It's funny when it shouldn't be, sentimental to a fault and has one of the goriest scenes ever shot as Page amputates Eastwood's leg. He claims she does so,...read more

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Many critics adored this picture, just as many didn't. Count us in the latter. Eastwood is a wounded Union soldier convalescing at a Southern girls' school. The girls become curious and then sensuous. It's funny when it shouldn't be, sentimental to a fault and has one of the goriest scenes

ever shot as Page amputates Eastwood's leg. He claims she does so, because he wouldn't favor her sexually. When he kills one of the girls' turtles, they retaliate by feeding him poisoned mushrooms until he dies. Universal executives were livid when they heard that Siegel and Eastwood planned to

have the lead character killed. They claimed that audiences would reject the notion of the hero's demise at the hands of a bunch of women. It was a smash in Europe but failed to ignite any excitement in the US. THE BEGUILED was made well with excellent technical credits but casting Eastwood went against his usual screen persona alienated certain viewers right off the bat.

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  • Released: 1971
  • Rating: NR
  • Review: Many critics adored this picture, just as many didn't. Count us in the latter. Eastwood is a wounded Union soldier convalescing at a Southern girls' school. The girls become curious and then sensuous. It's funny when it shouldn't be, sentimental to a fault… (more)

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