The Beguiled

Genre:  Drama, Thriller
Running Time:  94 min.
In theatres: June 30, 2017

Current rating: Rating: 2.84
based on 68 votes and 27 reviews
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Cast: Elle Fanning, Kirsten Dunst, Nicole Kidman, Colin Farrell, Oona Laurence


Martha Farnsworth (Nicole Kidman) is the head of a Confederate girls' boarding school located in Virginia during the Civil War. One day, one of the girls, Amy (Oona Laurence), discovers injured Union soldier John McBurney (Colin Farrell) in the woods. She calls Miss Martha, who gets the young man inside and reluctantly tends to his wounds, telling him he'll need to leave as soon as possible.

However, the Irish charmer manages to win over each of the girls during his stay. He focuses his attentions on a teacher, Edwina Dabney (Kirsten Dunst), and convinces her to run away with him. Before they do, she discovers him in another girl's bed. The girls realize that John has been lying to each of them to get what he wants and get together to decide what to do about him.

Based on Tom Cullinan's 1966 novel The Beguiled and adapted from the 1971 film starring Clint Eastwood.

Director: Sofia Coppola
Studio: Universal Pictures
Producer(s): Sofia Coppola, Youree Henley
Screenplay: Sofia Coppola

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  • 3 stars "The plot for The Beguiled was great as was all of the actors. However, I saw many missed opportunities to add depth and realism to the movie."
  • 2 stars "Save your money. Watching paint dry would be more exciting. Just seems like another poor film choice for Nicole."
  • 2 stars "Good actors but lack of drama, no depth of story, not sinister nor suspenseful. Boring. I expected more, got far less."