7.0/10
2,404
23 user 14 critic

Devil's Playground (2002)

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

Director:

Lucy Walker
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Action | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

As the world succumbs to a zombie apocalypse, Cole, a hardened mercenary, is chasing the one person who can provide a cure. In his way aren't only the flesh-eating, super-athletic cannibals... See full summary »

Director: Mark McQueen
Stars: Craig Fairbrass, Danny Dyer, MyAnna Buring
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

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 »

Director: Fred Schepisi
Stars: Charles McCallum, John Frawley, Arthur Dignam
Dead or Alive (1999)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A yakuza of Chinese descent and a Japanese cop each wage their own war against the Japanese mafia. But they are destined to meet. Their encounter will change the world.

Director: Takashi Miike
Stars: Shô Aikawa, Riki Takeuchi, Renji Ishibashi
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Deals with the issue of crimes committed by Australian Catholic clergy.

Stars: Simon Burke, Don Hany, John Noble
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A year in the life of the White family, well known for Jesco White, the star of the "Dancing Outlaw" documentary.

Director: Julien Nitzberg
Stars: J. Parker Bazzle II, Big & Rich, Ponty's Camper
Documentary | Biography | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Fifteen years of verite footage show the epic rivalry between half-pipe legends Shaun White and Kevin Pearce, childhood friends who become number one and two in the world leading up to the ... See full summary »

Director: Lucy Walker
Stars: Kevin Pearce, Shaun White, Mason Aguirre
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The Woman Who Wasn't There is a psychological thriller that goes inside the mind of history's most infamous 9/11 survivor.

Director: Angelo J. Guglielmo Jr.
Stars: Tania Head, Elia Zedeno, Gerry Bogacz
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Kirby Dick's exposé about the American movie ratings board.

Director: Kirby Dick
Stars: Kirby Dick, Kimberly Peirce, Darren Aronofsky
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Documentary on the Friedmans, a seemingly typical, upper-middle-class Jewish family whose world is instantly transformed when the father and his youngest son are arrested and charged with shocking and horrible crimes.

Director: Andrew Jarecki
Stars: Arnold Friedman, Jesse Friedman, David Friedman
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Revisit with the remaining original members of the Buena Vista Social Club and explore their contribution to the unknown history of Cuba.

Director: Lucy Walker
Stars: Ibrahim Ferrer, Omara Portuondo, Eliades Ochoa
Jesus Camp (2006)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A documentary on kids who attend a summer camp hoping to become the next Billy Graham.

Directors: Heidi Ewing, Rachel Grady
Stars: Mike Papantonio, Lou Engle, Becky Fischer
Blindsight I (2006)
Documentary | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Six blind Tibetan teenagers climb the Lhakpa-Ri peak of Mount Everest, led by seven-summit blind mountain-climber Erik Weihenmayer.

Director: Lucy Walker
Stars: Gavin Attwood, Sally Berg, Sonam Bhumtso
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Which path will they choose?

Genres:

Documentary

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

11 January 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Djævelens legeplads See more »

Filming Locations:

Indiana, USA See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »


Soundtracks

To A Void You Is All Now
Written by Andrew Coleman
Performed by Animals On Wheels
From the album "Nuvol I Cadira"
Published by Just Isn't Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Ninja Tune
By Arrangement with Media Creature Music
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

entertaining, but misses the mark
23 July 2002 | by YanivEidelsteinSee all my reviews

this film is based around a fascinating subject; the amish custom of allowing every boy or girl who turns sixteen to do anything he or she pleases, no holds barred. apparently, the amish believe it is wrong to baptise infants, and that they're supposed to choose the amish way as free-thinking adults.

the opening titles explaining this raised my expectations, as did the movie poster: an image of a girl in an amish bonnet, sitting in the back seat of a car, lighting a cigarette. it felt like a stolen moment; like an exciting departure from everything she's been taught. what would teens like this do, give free rein for the first time in their lives? what would it feel like to taste the things that were always off limits?

well according to this movie, amish teenagers are just as debauched as anyone in western society; they have no qualms about doing anything at all; nothing seems exciting or new to them. they're just relieved that their nuisance parents are out of the way so that they can finally get on with their partying, driving and drugging.

and how do the parents feel about allowing their children to turn their backs on every value they ever taught them? that would be a challenging concept to any parent, let alone one in a supposedly closed, puritanical society. well, we'll never know, as the amish refuse to be filmed or photographed.

stripped of all the interesting questions, this remains a slick docu-soap in the mtv "real world" tradition, with no insights to offer; just a peek into the lives of a few amish teens, who may or may not be examples of anything larger than themselves.


3 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 23 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed