Beguiled (1970)

Release Date: 04 June 2007 | Certificate: Suitable for 15 years and over
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This bizarre Gothic Western made the year before Clint Eastwoods equally eerie PLAY MISTY FOR ME makes one wonder what was happening in the actors personal life during this period. Set in the Deep South during the Civil War the film stars Eastwood as John McBurney a severely wounded soldier who is near death when discovered by a teenage girl. She takes him to the mansion that serves as her boarding school where he slowly begins to regain his health under the care of headmistress Martha Farnsworth (Geraldine Page) and the dozen or so girls who live there. As McBurney gets better he begins to charm the girls all of whom are starved for affection because of the wars claim on their men. At length powerful undercurrents of jealousy saturate the atmosphere as the girls and even the headmistress begin to vie for McBurneys attention. He first becomes involved with one of the oldest of the girls Edwina Dabney (Elizabeth Hartman) but ultimately finds it difficult to resist the charms of some of her schoolmates. His promiscuity becomes his undoing. A fascinating mixture of eroticism and horror THE BEGUILED is perhaps the most uncharacteristic of either Don Siegels or Eastwoods career its evocation of castration anxiety provides an interesting angle on the dark side of these tough-guy filmmakers. Eastwood gives one of his best performances and Page and the ill-starred Elizabeth Hartman are superb.

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Release Date: 04 June 2007
Certificate: 15 - Suitable for Persons Aged 15 or Over
Directed by: Don Siegel

Region 2
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 100 minutes
Production Year: 1970
Main Language: English

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Catalogue No: 8249059