The Beguiled
The Beguiled (1971)

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… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: January 1, 1971
DVD Release Date: July 21, 1998
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

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 ...

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Josh Larsen

...what begins as a swooning pastoral soon develops into a kinky, Southern Gothic nightmare.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Evidently the public didn't like Eastwood in this sleazy role and stayed away in droves.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

This intriguing drama ranks as one of Eastwood's most atypical pictures.

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Brian Gibson
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

Southern Gothic that sinks too deep into the bayous of sexploitation and horror towards the end, Don Siegel's adaptation of Thomas P Cullinan's 1966 novel is still ripe and pungent enough to intermittently fascinate.

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Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

A sexually-charged Southern Gothic masterpiece that's monumentally underappreciated. One of Eastwood's and Siegel's best films.

Jason Bailey

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.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

It's perhaps their most atypical and most psychologically fascinating, showing Eastwood as more of a sexual being than most of his other, iconic films ever did.

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Frank Ochieng
Movie Eye

Provocative and hypnotic...Eastwood revels with spellbinding spunk in this suggestive military melodrama

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
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.… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Certainly the strangest association between Eastwood and Siegel, but also one of their best. A morbidly perverse cautionary tale, narrated with the pulse of a… More
Wahida K
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… More
Stella Dallas
sorry, is this a comedy? cuz it's hilarious :p
Cassandra Maples
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… More
Stephen M
One of Eastwood's lesser known movies, and one of his very best. Like <i>Play Misty for Me</i>, also released in 1971, Don Siegel's… More