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Devil's Playground (2002)

Amish teenagers experience and embrace the modern world as a rite-of-passage before deciding which life they will choose.


Lucy Walker
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Velda Bontrager Velda Bontrager ... Self
Mark Bontrager Mark Bontrager ... Self
Dewayne Chupp Dewayne Chupp ... Self
Dylan Cole Dylan Cole ... Self
Matt Eash Matt Eash ... Self
Sally Fisher Sally Fisher ... Self
Marty Fry Marty Fry ... Self
John Groff John Groff ... Self (as John)
Lisa Groff Lisa Groff ... Self
Andy Herschberger Andy Herschberger ... Self
Joann Hochstetler Joann Hochstetler ... Self
Jesse Kaufman Jesse Kaufman ... Self
Carol Lambright Carol Lambright ... Self
Dale Lambright Dale Lambright ... Self
Ervin Lambright Ervin Lambright ... Self


Amish teenagers experience and embrace the modern world as a rite-of-passage before deciding which life they will choose.

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Which path will they choose?




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Appeared on Entertainment Weekly's list of The 50 Best Movies You've Never Seen in the Jul 16, 2012 issue. See more »

Alternate Versions

The 77-minute cut was edited down by the filmmakers to a 50 minute version, for the British Channel 4 TV station. See more »


Should Have Known Better
Written by Bernard Yin, Larry Taube and Bill Roper
Performed by Brazil 2001
Produced by Michael Momm
Published by Flaming Hibachi Music, Backyard Fruit Music, and Thundergod Publishing (BMI)
Courtesy of Elegant Records
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Intelligent, not exploitative
19 January 2002 | by utahfilmmakerSee all my reviews

I thought for sure that a movie about Amish-teenagers-gone-bad would be a series of images of Amish kids dressed in traditional garb drinking, getting high, and sleeping around. I expected it to be a spectacle which would get old fast, and I went into the movie with this bias. It turned out to be one of the best documentaries I've seen in a while. For one thing, the director had the perfect balance of showing a broad social situation (rebellious Amish kids in general) and a more character centered story (the drug addicted Amish youth Faron). You're getting the factual information you need, as well as the emotional punch of what Faron is going through. The director is able to show very clearly the effect of Amish society on these kids without ever forcing a direct connection or being exploitative.

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Release Date:

11 January 2002 (USA) See more »

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Devil's Playground See more »

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Indiana, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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