The Beguiled (2017 film)

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The Beguiled
The Beguiled (2017 film).png
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Sofia Coppola
Produced by
  • Youree Henley
  • Sofia Coppola
Written by Sofia Coppola
Based on The Beguiled
by Thomas P. Cullinan
Music by Phoenix
Cinematography Philippe Le Sourd
Edited by Sarah Flack
Distributed by Focus Features
Release date
  • May 24, 2017 (2017-05-24) (Cannes)
  • June 23, 2017 (2017-06-23) (United States)
Running time
94 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $10 million[2]

The Beguiled is a 2017 American drama film written and directed by Sofia Coppola, based on the novel The Beguiled (originally published as A Painted Devil) by Thomas P. Cullinan. It stars Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, and Elle Fanning. A film of the same name, also based on Cullinan's book, was released in 1971.

It was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or in the main competition section at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival, and premiered on May 24, 2017.[3][4] At Cannes, Coppola won the Best Director award.[5]



In March 2016, it was announced Sofia Coppola would write and direct the film, based upon the novel and 1971 film of the same name, with Elle Fanning, Nicole Kidman, and Kirsten Dunst joining the cast of the film, while Focus Features will distribute the film.[7][8]

Coppola will serve as a producer on the film, alongside her elder brother Roman Coppola and Youree Henley, while Fred Roos will serve as an executive producer under their American Zoetrope and FR Productions banners respectively.[9] In July 2016, Colin Farrell joined the cast of the film.[10] In October 2016, Angourie Rice, Oona Laurence, Emma Howard, Addison Riecke also joined the cast.[11][12] The band Phoenix composed the film's score.[13]


Principal photography began on October 31, 2016, and concluded on December 7, 2016.[14][15]


The film had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on May 24, 2017.[16][1] It is scheduled to be released on June 23, 2017.[17]

Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 76% based on 33 reviews, with an average rating of 7.2/10.[18] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 76 out of 100, based on 13 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[19]

David Ehrlich of Indiewire wrote : "Coppola's film is told with surgical precision and savage grace."[20] Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter stated : "Other than to place slightly more emphasis on the female empowerment angle ... it's hard to detect a strong raison d'etre behind Sofia Coppola's slow-to-develop melodrama."[21]


  1. ^ a b "2017 Screenings Guide" (PDF). Cannes Film Festival. Retrieved May 11, 2017. 
  2. ^ Thompson, Anne (May 23, 2017). "With ‘The Beguiled,’ Sofia Coppola Seeks Cannes Redemption with a Southern-Gothic Remake". Retrieved May 23, 2017. 
  3. ^ "The 2017 Official Selection". Cannes. 13 April 2017. Retrieved 13 April 2017. 
  4. ^ "2017 Cannes Film Festival Announces Lineup: Todd Haynes, Sofia Coppola, ‘Twin Peaks’ and More". IndieWire. 13 April 2017. Retrieved 13 April 2017. 
  5. ^ Debruge, Peter (28 May 2017). "2017 Cannes Film Festival Award Winners Announced". Variety. Retrieved 28 May 2017. 
  6. ^ "The Beguiled". Retrieved May 14, 2017. 
  7. ^ Kroll, Justin (March 29, 2016). "Sofia Coppola to Write, Direct Remake of Clint Eastwood Drama 'The Beguiled'". Variety. Retrieved October 31, 2016. 
  8. ^ Gettell, Oliver (March 29, 2016). "Sofia Coppola to remake Southern Gothic drama The Beguiled for Focus". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved October 31, 2016. 
  9. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (March 29, 2016). "Sofia Coppola To Remake The Beguiled with Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning". Tracking Board. Retrieved October 31, 2016. 
  10. ^ Kroll, Justin (July 14, 2016). "Colin Farrell In Talks to Star in Sofia Coppola’s ‘Beguiled’ Remake (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved October 31, 2016. 
  11. ^ Ford, Rebecca (October 6, 2016). "'Nice Guys' Actress Joins Sofia Coppola's 'The Beguiled' Remake (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved October 6, 2016. 
  12. ^ Jaguernauth, Kevin (November 2, 2016). "Sofia Coppola’s ‘The Beguiled’ Starts Production, Sets Summer 2017 Release Date". The Playlist. Retrieved November 2, 2016. 
  13. ^ Erbland, Kate (May 10, 2017). "‘The Beguiled’: French Rockers Phoenix Providing Score for Sofia Coppola’s Latest Period Piece". Retrieved May 14, 2017. 
  14. ^ Fanning, Elle (October 31, 2016). "#thebeguiledmovie began filming today... Happy Halloween!". Retrieved October 31, 2016. 
  15. ^ Calvaro, Liz (December 8, 2016). "‘The Beguiled’: Kirsten Dunst Shares Photo With Elle Fanning From Last Day on Sofia Coppola’s Set". Retrieved December 8, 2016. 
  16. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy; Evans, Greg (April 13, 2017). "Cannes Lineup: Todd Haynes, Sofia Coppola, Noah Baumbach, ‘Twin Peaks’". Retrieved April 13, 2017. 
  17. ^ Kay, Jermey (November 2, 2016). "Focus to release 'The Beguiled' in June 2017". Screen International. Retrieved November 2, 2016. 
  18. ^ "The Beguiled (2017)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved May 25, 2017. 
  19. ^ "The Beguiled reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved May 25, 2017. 
  20. ^ Ehrlich, David (May 24, 2017). "‘The Beguiled’ Review: Nicole Kidman and Kirsten Dunst Subvert Male Fantasies in Sofia Coppola’s Sensational Southern Potboiler". Retrieved May 26, 2017. 
  21. ^ McCarthy, Todd (May 24, 2017). "'The Beguiled': Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 26, 2017. 

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