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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
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »




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 »


CD 2- Track 1
Written and Produced by Aphex Twin (as Richard D. James)
Performed by Aphex Twin
From the Album "Selected Ambient Works, Volume #2"
Published by Chrysalis Songs (BMI)
Courtesy of Warp Records Limited and Sire Records, by arrangement with Warner Special Products
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Thought-provoking; interesting subject matter
24 July 2003 | by bean_invadersSee all my reviews

Lucy Walker presents a view into a community that is rarely glimpsed by outsiders. The Amish community, tightly knit as it is, has little use for the "English" world outside. I was very intrigued by the premise of a film following young Amish people through the rite of passage of Rumspringa, wherein they discover what kind of people they want to be, and decide whether to join the Amish church.

The view given by Walker is largely unbiased; she presents the viewer with a portrait of several Amish youths and their decisions to join the church or to remain in the english world. The film focuses mainly on Faron, a youth who has gotten himself into trouble with drugs, and she does not judge him or criticize him. Rather, we see his actions and are told of his choices, and are left to draw our own conclusions and wonder what will become of him.

I found this film to be quite well done, and unlike some of the other reviewers, I don't think it felt staged or stilted. I found myself thinking about it long after I'd seen it, and wondering what had happened to the people whose lives it followed.

I recommend this film, and feel that as a debut, it is quite an achievement. Some of the moments actually reminded me of Harmony Korine's work; it has a subtle air of discontent and uncertainty. Well done. ****/*****.

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Release Date:

11 January 2002 (USA) See more »

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Indiana, USA See more »

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1.33 : 1
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