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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Michael Carman
as Nigel Ryan
Arthur Dignam
as Brother Francine
Nick Tate
as Brother Victor
Simon Burke
as Tom Allen
Jonathan Hardy
as Brother Arnold
Michael David
as Turner
Peter Cox
as Brother James
Sheila Florance
as Mrs. Sullivan
Anne Phelan
as Girl in Pub
Bill Kelly
as Farmer
Gerda Nicolson
as Mrs. Allen
Charles McCallum
as Brother Sebastian
Warren Coleman
as Westaway
Thomas Keneally
as Father Marshall
John Frawley
as Brother Celian
Gerry Duggan
as Father Hanrahan
John Proper
as Mr. Allen
Jillian Archer
as Girls in Pub
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Critic Reviews for The Devil's Playground

All Critics (6)

An outstandingly good Australian import.

Full Review… | October 23, 2015
The Spectator

Never caught my interest.

Full Review… | June 8, 2014
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Everyone makes a terrific contribution as Schepisi peels away the surface to reveal a morass of personal demons

Full Review… | October 30, 2008
Urban Cinefile

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April 18, 2008

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July 1, 2005

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June 12, 2005
F5 (Wichita, KS)

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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