The Beguiled

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

Current rating: Rating: 2.82
based on 82 votes and 34 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 "Miss Martha should have been played by Kathy Bates, as this movie had a Misery-esque quality to it. The movie is OK, but it's nothing over-the-top by any means. I mean, Colin Farrell was acting as an American Northern soldier during the US Civil War, but he did not even try to change his Irish accent which was rather odd."
  • 5 stars "Excellent acting by all cast! Beautiful sets with very moody cinematography that captures the precarious situation that the house occupants are in! I think the female viewpoint that Sophia creates works so well with this script!"
  • 3 stars "Miss Martha should have been played by Kathy Bates, as the movie had a "Misery-esque" vibe to it. Long and mostly boring though, unlike Misery"