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Doesn't disappoint in 2017 even after Coppola's butchering it! I remembered seeing in the 70's and patiently waited for 2017 version. This movie's many layers truly explore not only the desperation the American Civil War inflicted upon Americans, but human nature regarding the combination of both lust and survival. This movie is a snapshot and an authentic portrayal of how war can effect the male female relationship from opposing sides and the manipulation tactics still used today even without the war back drop. This 5 star raw and dramatic period piece has survived all these years and the only good thing about Coppola's watered down and lame version is the next generation and all those who have never seen it before have taken an interest in this version again.
One of Eastwoods best , despite being labeled " forgettable " by some . A very artsey motion picture - a lot of hidden meanings , such as the beginning dirge " and death will come marching to the beat of the drum " as we watch a little girl foraging to the sound of military drum roll . Some scenes make me feel like a fly on the wall . This doen't happen much in movies . Eastwood never looked better and the women & girls were charming as southern belles . Definitely a 5 star-er .
yeah, i have to say i liked this version better! the newer one has a better aesthetic, almost ethereal and creepy in that way. but the actors (and added flashbacks) in this older version create so much more depth. i almost felt like i didnt know what was going to happen next, even though i totally knew what was going to happen.
Reviewed in the United States on September 5, 2019
Clint Eastwood never made another movie like this, that's for sure! At first it looks like it's very much an anti-war film of it's era, like JOHNNY GOT HIS GUN. But this time there's a twist. The soldier is mutilated and turned into a gruesome spectacle not by "the war" or "the system" but by the uncontrollable lust of women -- women who never stop crying about how the war is "victimizing" them! A movie that's sure to shock, offend, titillate, and challenge viewers of every background and political belief. Don't miss it!
Reviewed in the United States on November 27, 2019
Interesting movie about a soldier from the north during the American Civil War (1861-65) that is given refuge in a girls academy in the south after he is found wounded and things get complex as the plot thickens. Great actors Clint Eastwood, Geraldine Page and Elizabeth Hartmann star in this the 5th film produced by Malpaso Films. I found it far superior to the 2017 remake. I also bought it to watch Pattye Mattick in her only major film appearance-she is the girl with glasses. She was awesome, great movie. 👍
Good movie. A departure from the usual characters Clint Eastwood plays. He plays a injured Union soldier who is nursed by a headmistress of a girls school in the confederate south. While there, he starts playing on the emotions of the women. Confident that he has the upper hand, he is in for a rude awakening.
Reviewed in the United States on September 27, 2018
I ordered this dvd strictly by the stellar reviews. I should have paid better attention to the negative 3%. Eastwood’s character kisses, on the lips, a 13 year old girl, there’s a scene where Geraldine Paige’s character is amorously kissing HER BROTHER!!! Must say, haven’t even seen that kind of incestuous madness in any 21st century films. Major yuck!!! Bad acting all the way around and bad writing. What’s wrong with all you five star reviewers?? I turned it off after aforementioned offenses. Next time I’ll think twice.
5.0 out of 5 starsThe Prime of Miss Jean Brodie meets Misery
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 23, 2020
Haunting, claustrophobic American Civil War story in which Clint Eastwood's Yankee soldier is wounded and finds refuge in a private school for young ladies. The head mistress knows they should turn him over to the first Southern patrol that passes - but when she witnesses their treatment of another prisoner, she changes her mind. The effect the soldiers presence has on the students, staff and the maid is stunning as he plays one off against the other during his recovery. He tells them he is a Quaker, a pacifist who was none the less caught up in the conflict and the older female students soon harbour lust for him and the heads of the teachers are also turned. Clint plays one off against the other even charming the youngest child, Amy, who rescued him.
There are underlying secrets within the school with possible incest between Miss Martha and her missing brother as well as a hinted at lesbian relationship between her and her deputy.
Events take a dark turn when Clint decides to act on the underlying passions in the secluded house and visit a number of the ladies in their rooms. Jealousy and violence follow and drastic measures have to be taken by Miss Martha to save a life.
The ending is chilling and the entire cast are magnificent. I bought this version having been redirected from the recent remake - how on earth did they make such a mess of a drama based on a book? I am almost curious to see what they did to it.
4.0 out of 5 starsOne of Siegel/Eastwood best films, a gothic and cynical old time thriller
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 30, 2015
Here Siegel mixes his 3 main genre: thriller, western and war. And the result is a decaying, gothic, anxious story where racial, sexual and social tension produce a nightmarish victims/offender relation, which is wonderfully conducted on a dark, unpredictable and sometimes even cynical path, helped by the perfect face of Clint Eastwood, a smart guy with some skeletons in the closet but also a surviving attitude, a guy who saw the world and ends up in a place that refuse it. A great Seventies film
4.0 out of 5 starsI thought it was a good film and very true to the book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 15, 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.