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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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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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Featured in 40,000 Years of Dreaming (1997) 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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