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The Devil's Playground (1976)

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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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 ...
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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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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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Featured in 40,000 Years of Dreaming (1997) See more »

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A great debut for Schepisi
10 January 2001 | by (Melbourne) – See all my reviews

Fred Schepisi's debut film was semi autobiographical in it's narrative and entirely grand in it's vision. It was able to be convincing in it's re-creation of the mid 50's catholic lifestyle disguised as education. Fred Schepisi has gone on to become renowned director and all indications of this were present in this debut.


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