The Beguiled

Genre:  Drama, Thriller
Running Time:  94 min.
Release Date: June 30, 2017
Digital: September 26, 2017
DVD/Blu-ray: October 10, 2017

Current rating: Rating: 2.67
based on 90 votes and 37 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 and in the heat of the moment, does something rash that leads to regret. 

Loosely 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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  • 1 star "expected more with the actors that are in this movie, very boring"
  • 1 star "Completely stupid. Would be nice if they used some lighting, couldn’t see the actors faces whenever it was an indoor scene"
  • 1 star "This is what happens when a director is not as bright as the author who wrote the book she's basing her movie on. Coppola completely missed what the book was about. This movie is an appalling adaptation and I feel sorry for the actresses who were involved. Corporal John McBurney was made into a sympathetic character! And the women were witches, how does a female director misinterpret a story so that women look bad and the evil man looks good? From a book written by a man to illustrate that men are tricky and you can't believe everything they say? What a travesty."