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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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Fred Schepisi

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Fred Schepisi (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles McCallum Charles McCallum ... Brother Sebastian
John Frawley John Frawley ... Brother Celian
Arthur Dignam Arthur Dignam ... Brother Francine
Nick Tate ... Brother Victor
Peter Cox Peter Cox ... Brother James
Jonathan Hardy ... Brother Arnold
Gerry Duggan Gerry Duggan ... Brother Hanrahan
Thomas Keneally Thomas Keneally ... Father Marshall
Sheila Florance ... Mrs.Sullivan
Simon Burke ... Tom Allen
John Diedrich John Diedrich ... Fitz
Alan Cinis Alan Cinis ... Waite
Richard Morgan Richard Morgan ... Smith
Rowan Currie Rowan Currie ... Casey
Gary Pixton 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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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A gonosz melegágya See more »

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AUD 300,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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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Misses the mark, but not without charm.
8 December 1998 | by Dirk-20See all my reviews

A tired subject, to which the film contributes nothing new. Do you really want to watch a bunch of priests go on about what a trial it is to be celibate?

Some good performances by a number of actors, particularly the young Simon Burke in the lead.


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