While imprisoned in a Confederate girls' boarding school, an injured Union soldier cons his way into each of the lonely women's hearts, causing them to turn on each other, and eventually, on him.
Unusual misanthropic psychodrama, effectively staged in a Southern period setting and with some good performances.
On renewed viewing: Despite the sexual tension and amiguities of the plot the movie is very straightforward in its approach.
Halliwell*: "Eccentric melodrama which does not really work despite its credentials and patient work all round."
Maltin***: "Offbeat, methodically paced story...Unusual Eastwood fare, but for patient viewers. a rich, rewarding film."