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4.4 out of 5 stars
The Beguiled [DVD] [1971]
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on 9 May 2017
Excellent movie , seen it for first time as my wife said it was great I dont always agree with her on her movie choices but was surprised by this gem .. see it before they kill It with the remake , up there with Clint's best.
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on 15 October 2017
I thought it was a good film and very true to the book. It will be interesting to see what Ms Coppola has to offer as from a review in the Spectator magazine it doesn't sound as though she has read it.
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on 30 July 2017
Will be interesting to see how this compares with new version...this version needed more bite
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on 7 August 2017
Great product + smooth transaction= happy customer!
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on 28 August 2017
Excellent service and product.
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on 20 July 2017
Excellent film. Properly deals with underlying issues of all characters. Occasional clumsy method of introducing memories but overcomes all that.
Beats the new version into a cocked hat.
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on 12 September 2017
A masterpiece! If you haven't seen it just watch it. You will not regret it.
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on 16 August 2017
Not the best quility then it's an old film
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 10 October 2014
This 1971 terminally strange film is a very, very atypical thing in Clint Eastwood's career and therefore worth discovering. I am quite glad that I finally watched it as it was one of the very, very few movies with Eastwood which I didn't see. Now I still have to watch "White hunter, black heart" (UPDATE: it's done) and "Honky Tonk Man" (UPDATE 2: it's done) and then I can die in peace...))) Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS.

Close to the end of the American Civil War, an injured Yankee soldier, corporal John McBurney (Clint Eastwood), is rescued from the verge of death by a twelve-year-old girl from an all-girl boarding school in Louisiana. At first the all-female staff and pupils are scared, but as John starts to recover, he charms them one by one...

Directed by Don Siegel, this film is an adaptation of the novel "Painted Devil", which belongs to the very peculiar genre of Southern Gothic. It usually describes weird, decadent, depraved and/or shocking situations in the American South - and this story definitely qualifies.

I will not say much about the story to avoid spoilers, but let's just say that this is a disturbing film, including allusions (but not showing openly) of such things as saphism, incest, interracial rape, castration, underage sex and REALLY underage sex... It contains also scenes of animal cruelty, mutilation and cold blooded, cruel murder. Finally it is also a study of enslavement - and it is not the lonely black character that is the most targeted... With that much depravity involved, small wonder that the French consider this as one of the most important films in Eastwood's career...))) Indeed, it is shown in permanence in some small specialised Parisian cinemas in Quartier Latin...

Clint Eastwood never cared much for this film, as his character here is really not only a rather bad guy (a manipulative, lying and cheating scumbag who is also a really mean drunk), but especially a stupid (albeit by moments cunning) loser...

The women are not much better either in fact. The middle aged headmistress of the school Martha Farnsworth (Geraldine Page) lived already a lot and many a time in her life she woke with the taste of hell in her mouth... The other teacher, much younger but not very attractive, shy and mousy Edwina Dabney (Elizabeth Hartman) is absolutely desperate to find herself a man, any man, with whom she could leave the school - a place she both loves and passionately hates... Gorgeous 17 year old Carol (Jo Ann Harris) is basically a slut tormented by the merciless urges of flesh... Only the black slave Hallie (Mae Mercer) and the youngest girl, 12 years old Amy (Pamelyn Ferdin) are more likeable - even if the latter will ultimately be manipulated in doing something really horrible...

Once again, this is a disturbing, but interesting film, definitely worth seeing. Be certain to watch it to the end, as the very last scene is a MONUMENT of black humour...))) ENJOY!
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on 19 July 2017
VERY PLEASED WITH THE ITEM AND SERVICE GIVEN. THANKS.
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