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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
... Brother Victor
Peter Cox ... Brother James
... Brother Arnold
Gerry Duggan ... Brother Hanrahan
Thomas Keneally ... Father Marshall
Sheila Florance ... Mrs.Sullivan
... 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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October 1979 (USA)  »

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A gonosz melegágya  »

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AUD 300,000 (estimated)
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Seminary scenes were filmed at Werribee Park Mansion, which had served as a seminary (Corpus Christi Catholic College) for 50 years, and had closed only two years prior to the movie's filming. See more »

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Misses the mark, but not without charm.
8 December 1998 | by See 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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