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Beguiled [VHS] (1970)

Clint Eastwood , Geraldine Page , Don Siegel  |  R |  VHS Tape
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Clint Eastwood, Geraldine Page, Elizabeth Hartman, Jo Ann Harris, Darleen Carr
  • Directors: Don Siegel
  • Writers: Claude Traverse, Albert Maltz, Irene Kamp, Thomas Cullinan
  • Producers: Clint Eastwood, Don Siegel, Claude Traverse
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, HiFi Sound, NTSC
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Universal Studios Ho
  • VHS Release Date: January 19, 1999
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6300181707
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #401,681 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

This bizarre Gothic Western, made the year before Clint Eastwood's equally eerie PLAY MISTY FOR ME, makes one wonder what was happening in the actor's 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 war's claim on their men. At length, powerful undercurrents of jealousy saturate the atmosphere as the girls, and even the headmistress, begin to vie for McBurney's 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 Siegel's or Eastwood's career; its evocation of castration anxiety provides an interesting angle on the dark side of these tough-guy filmmakers. Eastwood give one of his best performances, and Page and the ill-starred Elizabeth Hartman are superb.

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91 of 98 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where has this movie been hiding? July 7, 2001
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The Beguiled caught me off guard. We rented it knowing only that it took place during the Civil War, it was made during Eastwood's peak years, and that he had sideburns that looked out of place but really cool. I expected an okay movie that would be The Man With No Name kicks butt in the Civil War, but instead I was completely amazed. I'm glad I went into it knowing little about it, because I just got more and more impressed and into the movie as it went on.
Eastwood plays a 'Yank' officer, Corporal John McBurney (or "Mac") who is wounded and taken in by some sort of boarding school for girls in a remote country location. The school is actually a Southern mansion that reminded me of the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland from the outside. The residents are all female and include a headmistress with a pretty sick secret in her past, a black 'servant' who turns out to be nobody's slave, and several teenage girls. Also, since all the men have been off at war for awhile, they are all pretty sexually frustrated. To keep them from turning him over to the south, where he will almost certainly die of his wounds in a miserable jail, Eastwood's character tries to charms all of them. With some of them, he knows how to play their weak points against them. This unfortunately works a little bit too well, because at least 3 of the women end up having the hots for him so bad that they end up in various stages of fooling around with him. Mac gets WAY more than he bargained for, with more tragic, ugly, and terrible results than you could imagine.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the hens show the rooster whose boss. June 8, 2005
An excellently realised film focusing on the mysterious, erotically charged tension between men and women, particularly a houseful of multigenerational women who have not enjoyed the company of a man for some time. Set in a wonderfully isolated girls-only boarding house in the deep civil-war-torn south filled with plenty of sordid, make that extra sordid, skeletons in those dank, musty closets!
Geraldine page rules the film (and the exceptional ensemble cast) as the head mistress/owner/control queen (of ALL time-OKAY!) whose life unravels as one ugly secret peels away to reveal yet another more twisted detail. She tries in vain to control her brood of females, many of who have fallen for the very handsome and badly wounded soldier who they have rescued from the battle field...wonderfully played(to the hilt)by Clint Eastwood (at his sexiest). While in recovery,Clint's soldier works his manipulative charms on several of the comely young females which conflicts with the head mistress' master plan for him and that sets in motion a series of tension filled and very dangerous games of seduction, deception and plans going horribly wrong.
Once the lies are discovered, the plot charges full steam ahead to a wonderfully stunning conclusion that will leave you silent. Fortunately, hollywood hasn't felt the need to refilm this extremely UNDERATED gothic psycho-chiller. A perfect film ,in many ways.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating and usualy film March 24, 1999
A complete bomb at the time of its release because audiences went expecting a typical Clint Eastwood actioner and instead got this eeire drama about the sexual mind games between a wounded Union Soldier and the "inmates" of an all-girls Southern school. Nearly thirty years later, we can appreciate the film's artistic qualities, the almost surreal direction, and the uniformly wonderful acting. And we can certainly admire Eastwood and legendary director Don Siegel for striking out in a new direction with high quality material.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Journey Into The Darkness of The Human Soul November 30, 2003
The Beguiled is one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen,contributing to my early love of cinema,and sadly remaining underrated to this day.
While it is hard to pigeonhole the film into one specific genre, be it a thriller or a psychological drama,it is one of the very few films that without the use of blood and gore,manages to be very disturbing and violent.A raw and primitive violence that is directed more at the viewer's mind and psyche.
Don Siegel is one of the best American directors,who like Sam Peckinpah,understood the meaning of this violence and did not shy away from showing it without tantalizing the 'voyeur' in his audience.
His collaboration with Clint Eastwood is one of the most successful in cinema..(Dirty Harry, Coogan's Bluff, Escape from Alcatraz, Two Mules for Sister Sarah)..And with the Beguiled he managed to direct an original film that had the best performances his star had to date,(a transitional role in Eastwood's career, in between the westerns of Leone, and the toughness of Harry Calahan.)
The whole mood of the film has this creepy and sinsiter atmosphere that appears quite subtle on the surface,yet as your delve deeper,it slowly unleashes much darker and well hidden forces.
It is the story of a wounded Yanky soldier(Clint Eastwood)evading capture in the south during the civil war,finds refuge in an all girl boarding school.The headmistress (the geart Geraldine Page)takes him in and provides him with a sanctuary and care that befits her Christian duties and sensibilities.Yet this stranger awakens many feelings in the house: curiosity,jealousy,sexual fantasies, up to the will and determination to murder.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good dvd, thanks
Published 21 days ago by ron boethin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
100% happy. Thank you.
Published 21 days ago by Susie D.
3.0 out of 5 stars What can I say? This is a weird flick ...
What can I say? This is a weird flick. Southern Gothic melodrama with more than a few scenes that had to be considered controversial considering the period in which this movie was... Read more
Published 1 month ago by ATX
5.0 out of 5 stars Beguiled with Clint Eastwood
I thought it was a great movie. My wife didn't like it, she thought it was too mean. Surprise ending.
Published 6 months ago by Jack
3.0 out of 5 stars Needed it
I have a full collation of Clint and I have change my VHS to DVD, so that's why I got it. Thanks, CKA
Published 7 months ago by Charles K. Ambrose
3.0 out of 5 stars Pamela Ferdin only starring role
She was a regular on the Paul Lynne TV Show, on a Star Trek original series "And The Children will lead" and too many to mention. Read more
Published 8 months ago by P. Strickler
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing movie...Beguiled"
First saw it on TV and was surprised at the ending. Still found it very interesting and decided I should have it in my video library.
Published 10 months ago by KDW
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie
Clint Eastwood is really good at being the nasty guy in this movie. It has a great cast and you wont find it dull at all
Published 13 months ago by Peter P. Scaduto
5.0 out of 5 stars clint eastwood triumph
another gem from one of my favorite actors.. does not come off as a hero but a lowlife who lies like hell to get what he wants.
Published 14 months ago by charles schaeffer
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting!
This was a very interesting and unusual story line. Well acted and filled with suspense. The twists and turns are riveting. Thanks for a great transaction!
Published 14 months ago by Margy Gaubatz
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