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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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This picture was one of fifty Australian films selected for preservation as part of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia's Kodak / Atlab Cinema Collection Restoration Project. See more »

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A fresh approach from a new director and a strong Australian cast.
9 August 1999 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

A fine early example of Fred Schepisi's directing style. The film is more than 20 years old but is still fresh. Some strong acting performances, particularly from Nick Tate and young Simon Burke and Arthur Dignam as the tortured Br Francine. Watch for a cameo performance from Tom Keneally, the author of Schindler's List.


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