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The Devil's Playground (1976)

 |  Drama  |  October 1979 (USA)
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Fred Schepisi's film, 'The Devil's Playground' is an intimate portrait of Tom, a thirteen-year-old struggling in spirit and body with the constraints of living in a Catholic seminary. It is... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles McCallum ...
Brother Sebastian
John Frawley ...
Brother Celian
Arthur Dignam ...
Brother Francine
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Brother Victor
Peter Cox ...
Brother James
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Brother Arnold
Gerry Duggan ...
Brother Hanrahan
Thomas Keneally ...
Father Marshall
Sheila Florance ...
Mrs.Sullivan
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Tom Allen
John Diedrich ...
Fitz
Alan Cinis ...
Waite
Richard Morgan ...
Smith
Rowan Currie ...
Casey
Gary Pixton ...
Tomkin
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Fred Schepisi's film, 'The Devil's Playground' is an intimate portrait of Tom, a thirteen-year-old struggling in spirit and body with the constraints of living in a Catholic seminary. It is also the story of the Brothers and how they cope with the demands of their faith. Written by hawkeye

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Growing up hurts. If you're 13, you know what we mean. If you're older, come and be reminded. See more »

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October 1979 (USA)  »

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A gonosz melegágya  »

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AUD 300,000 (estimated)
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In Brother Francine's impassioned speech Arthur Dignam read a line "The body won't be denied" with the wrong emphasis. Dignam repeated the line immediately with the correct emphasis: "The body WON'T be denied." Editor Brian Kavanagh thought the repetition "worked" and left both lines in, and it remained in the final cut. See more »

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A thought provoking "coming of age" film about a teenage boy at a Catholic Boarding School run by monks
23 April 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This was a very thought provoking film for me and after several years I'd love to see it again (I've seen it twice on TV). The young hero was so natural I felt I knew him, and he had a very likable personality. The two monks in mufti enjoying a night on the town were more down to earth and likable than most of the other monks at the Catholic boarding school and after successfully picking up two women in a pub they got cold feet! It was interesting to see how another monk who seemed very emotionally cold dealt with a trip to a mixed gender public swimming baths, and the amazing erotic dream he had afterwards. The subjects of troubled adolescence and religious repression were well explored. The film hasn't dated at all. I hope someone brings this out on a DVD.


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