- Alternative Character Interpretation: A popular one is that the women ended up killing McBurney out of self-defense (in both versions), since he was a very dangerous individual, who continuously put their lives in danger, but they had nowhere to go, let alone anybody to turn to for help.
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The original film received major recognition in France, and was proposed by Pierre Rissient to the Cannes Film Festival, and while agreed to by Clint Eastwood and Don Siegel, the producers declined. It would be widely screened in France later and is considered one of Eastwood's finest works by the French.
- Heartwarming Moments: The friendship between John and Amy in the 2017 version, noticeably because she's one of the few not romantically interested in him. Their friendship doesn't last long though.
- Misaimed Marketing: Many people were deceived, mistakenly thinking the 1971 film was a western because of the cover.
- Values Dissonance: The original novel and the first film can very easily be regarded as offensive to women, portraying them as very insidious and spiteful, including those who are ready to cripple or even kill a male for showing interest in another girl. And that's not to mention the fact that the first film supports an offensive stereotype that people in Southern states are incestuous Lovable Sex Maniacs. The second film averted it, being pro-feminist. Though that last parts a bit debatable, because it essentially has the same running theme and message: don't take advantage of women. Which one does it better is up to the viewer.
- The Woobie: In both versions, Amy is such a kind-hearted young girl, who cares dearly for wounded animals, and is the first one to find the wounded McBurney and bring him in, in spite of being a Yankee. But even she isn't spared when McBurney loses his mind, and hurts her, and kills her beloved pet turtle.
YMMV / The Beguiled