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The Beguiled

The Beguiled(1971)

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Brief Synopsis

Near the end of the Civil War, wounded Yankee soldier John McBurney is close to death when he is rescued by a twelve-year-old girl from a Louisiana boarding school. As John recovers, he begins to charm the girls, becoming the object of their awakening sexuality and jealousy runs rampant. After he rejects the headmistress of the school for a younger girl, John falls down the stairs breaking his leg, which eventually must be amputated. John begins to drink, and his behavior alienates both teachers and students. He makes an attempt to reform, but it is too late, as the headmistress and girls have decided to solve their problem by feeding him poison mushrooms.

Cast & Crew

Donald Siegel Director
Clint Eastwood [Corp.] John ["McB"] McBurney
Geraldine Page Martha [Farnsworth]
Elizabeth Hartman Edwina [Dabney]
Pamelyn Ferdin Amy [also known as Amelia]
Peggy Drier Lizzie
Charles Briggs Confederate captain
George Dunn Jepson
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Additional Details

MPAA Ratings:  R Premiere Info:  New York opening: 31 Mar 1971; Los Angeles opening: 19 May 1971
Release Date:  1971 Production Date:  A Jennings Lang Production; A Malpaso Company Presentation; A Universal-Malpaso Company Picture
AFI-DVD ; EB
Color/B&W:  Color (Technicolor) Distributions Co:  Universal Pictures
Sound:  Mono (Westrex Recording System) Production Co:  The Malpaso Company, Universal Pictures
Duration(mins):  103, 105 or 109 Country:  United States
Duration(feet):  not available    
Duration(reels):  not available    

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