At a Catholic public school, Benjamin Stanfield is tired of being the teacher's pet and decides to play a practical joke on his form master Father Goddard. In confession, Stanfield tells Goddard that he has accidentally murdered his friend Blakey and buried him in the forest. When Goddard investigates the matter, he finds a buried scarecrow. Goddard is outraged, but, due to the seal of confession, he knows he cannot expel Stanfield. Shortly after, Stanfield once again enters the confession booth, telling Goddard that what before was a practical joke, he has now made happen. In disbelief, Goddard once again goes to the forest to investigate the matter. This time, he discovers Blakey's dead body. The plot soon thickens as Stanfield's fellow student Arthur Dyson mysteriously disappears...
Boyhood innocence. Deadly secrets. Burning truths.
See more »
Did You Know?
Playright-scriptwriter Anthony Shaffer
once commented on this film's unproduced source stage-play 'Play With A Gypsy''s similarity with the stage-play 'Child's Play' by Robert Marasco
: "In the Marasco play, evil is rampant, for reasons some folks never quite figured out. In 'Play With A Gypsy' it'll be plotted all the way. The central figure is a priest, not a bad priest, but one who doesn't understand human beings. He is so bound by his vows and rigid adherence to Catholic orthodoxy that he doesn't know how to cope with malice. He becomes the prey of very wicked animals. The animals are the boys in the school whom he believes to be telling him the truth. 'Play With A Gypsy' is not an anti-Catholic play by a long shot. It simply tries to say that the church, with it's rigidities, engenders certain conflicts with which it is difficult to cope." See more
In the tennis match, a close shot of Benjie shows him serving whilst standing in the right service court (which would be illegal) but the long shot shows him serving from the baseline (legal). The score is 30-all, so he should be serving from the right side of the baseline, but is shown serving from the left side. See more
Pretty Sort of Treatment for a Military Man
Lyrics by W.S. Gilbert
Music by Arthur Sullivan
Performed by the students
from "Patience or Bunthorne's Bride" See more