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The Beguiled (2017)

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The unexpected arrival of a wounded Union soldier at a girls school in Virginia during the American Civil War leads to jealousy and betrayal.

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Sofia Coppola

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Sofia Coppola (screenplay by), Thomas Cullinan (based on the novel by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Colin Farrell ... Corporal McBurney
Nicole Kidman ... Miss Martha
Kirsten Dunst ... Edwina
Elle Fanning ... Alicia
Oona Laurence ... Amy
Angourie Rice ... Jane
Addison Riecke ... Marie
Emma Howard ... Emily
Wayne Pére ... Captain (as Wayne Pere)
Matt Story ... Confederate Soldier
Joel Albin Joel Albin ... Cavalry Man
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Storyline

Three years into the American Civil War, in 1864, the dilapidated mansion of Miss Martha Farnsworth's Seminary for Young Ladies is still running, occupied by the matriarch, a teacher and five students in Spanish moss-draped Virginia. However, when a young student stumbles upon Corporal John McBurney, a wounded Union deserter on the verge of death, the already frail balance of things will be disrupted, as the hesitant headmistress decides to take him in to heal from his injury. Little by little, as the unwelcome guest arouses an uneasy sexual excitation among the women of the secluded boarding school, it is not before long that they will find themselves competing for the alluring man's favour. Undoubtedly, this handsome devil is a manipulator, nevertheless, will the ladies stay forever beguiled by his charm? Written by Nick Riganas

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Innocent, until betrayed.

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

30 June 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Beguiled See more »

Filming Locations:

Louisiana, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$10,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$229,292, 25 June 2017

Gross USA:

$10,709,995

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$27,397,655
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

For the costumes, designer Stacey Battat saw Kirsten Dunst's character as being romantic and designed her wardrobe with decorated billowy sleeves, diaphanous skirts and more jewelry than the other girls. She gave Nicole Kidman's character a high neckline, a vest and an overall economical tone in order to portray authority and added ruffles to the costumes of Elle Fanning's character, which according to Battat, "really accentuates her horniness." See more »

Goofs

Palmettoes and Spanish moss don't grow in Virginia. Roses and vegetables aren't grown in the shade. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Amy: [finding some mushrooms] Here you go.
John McBurney: [sitting wounded by a tree] Shh. Are you frightened?
Amy: No. Yes.
John McBurney: Uh, so am I.
Amy: Can you move at all?
John McBurney: Uh... Uh, I'll try, if there's some place to go.
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Soundtracks

Aura Lea
Music by George R. Poulton
Lyrics by W.W. Fosdick (as William Whiteman Fosdick)
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The Cast Elevates This Well Made but Wholly Unnecessary Remake
21 June 2017 | by trublu215See all my reviews

Don Siegel's The Beguiled is an underrated gem of the 70s that went pretty much unnoticed for quite some time. So when Sofia Coppola announced that she was remaking the film, it was kinda surprising. Surprising because who in the hell would remake The Beguiled and kinda not surprising given the subject matter and timely political message that it could push. Despite it being such an out of left field choice for a remake, the end product is a very well made and perfectly acted film. Starring Nicole Kidman, Elle Fanning, Kirsten Dunst and Colin Farrell, The Beguiled tells a story of wounded Civil War solider that seeks medical attention from a house of women in the rural South. Upon his arrival at the all-women facility, passion and lust become abound when the soldier begins to romance the women one by one. With each relationship he starts, jealousy arises between the women which leads to a shocking act of desperation.

Personally, I thought the film was paced very well. It flowed very fluidly and was actually surprisingly funny. Granted, this is a borderline dark comedy at times but it works very well due to the impeccable acting from the cast. Kirsten Dunst gives the performance of her career here and really carries a lot of the film despite her role being somewhat limited considering the impact she has on the film. I wouldn't rule her out of the competition at the end of the year. She really does a great job. Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell also give really tremendous performances that just elevate Dunst that much more. Elle Fanning is as sultry as can be but less impressive because the role is not much different from her character in Ben Affleck's Live by Night. Despite this, the film keeps a genuine tension throughout it whether that'd be violent or sexual is completely up to whatever side of the 93 minute running time.

Make no mistake, The Beguiled is most certainly a well acted film but it feels like it is unnecessary. At times it feels a little more political than it needs to be and, a majority of the time, feels like it could have been a better film especially considering the immense talent in front of the camera. Overall, the film is far from being the average remake. It is well paced, has brilliant performances and keeps a steady handle on itself as a potboiler thriller with a hint of dark comedy. It is far from great but definitely worth watching.


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