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Corporal John McBurney (Colin Farrell) promises Edwina (Kirsten Dunst) an escape from a life of disappointment.

Weeding out a Civil War snake in the Garden of Eden

Sep 8, 2017 5:50 AM

IN 1864 Virginia, three years into the American Civil War, a gated girls' boarding academy takes in a Union Army deserter found wounded in the woods.

So begins Thomas Cullinan's 1966 novel The Beguiled.

The first screen adaptation in 1971 was a lurid revenge drama by the macho