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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

Cast

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
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

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

Playground is such a completely and thoroughly realized piece of cinema that almost every scene and sequence in it compels admiration.

April 27, 2018 | Full Review…

An outstandingly good Australian import.

October 23, 2015 | Full Review…

Never caught my interest.

June 9, 2014 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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

October 31, 2008 | Full Review…

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