The Devil's Playground (1976)




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Fred Schepsi wrote and directed this tense melodrama which takes place at a Roman Catholic boarding school. The film deals with the charged emotional tensions of a group of pubescent boys, who find their sexual urges stifled by the school's oppressive atmosphere. Depicting the chaste lifestyle of the religious functionaries, the burgeoning sexual desires of the young men are bottled up until they are ready to explode. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi
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Arthur Dignam
as Brother Francine
Nick Tate
as Brother Victor
Simon Burke
as Tom Allen
Charles McCallum
as Brother Sebastian
John Frawley
as Brother Celian
Jonathan Hardy
as Brother Arnold
Gerry Duggan
as Father Hanrahan
Peter Cox
as Brother James
Thomas Keneally
as Father Marshall
Jillian Archer
as Girls in Pub
Anne Phelan
as Girl in Pub
John Proper
as Mr. Allen
Michael Carman
as Nigel Ryan
Warren Coleman
as Westaway
Michael David
as Turner
Sheila Florance
as Mrs. Sullivan
Bill Kelly
as Farmer
Gerda Nicolson
as Mrs. Allen
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Critic Reviews for The Devil's Playground

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
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Full Review… | February 10, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | January 15, 2005
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 22, 2003
Village Voice
Top Critic

An outstandingly good Australian import.

Full Review… | October 23, 2015
The Spectator

Never caught my interest.

Full Review… | June 8, 2014
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Audience Reviews for The Devil's Playground


if i remember correctly, this movie was set back sometime in the early 80's, it plays on the fact of the catholic church and what goes on behind closed doors, as well as the boys themselves, a sorta coming of age as well as to terms w/oneself and it's surroundings. yet disturbing @ the same time. just goes to show just how long the catholic church among others have been doing this sorta thing. welcome to the secret society.

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