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      The Devil's Playground

      1976 1h 47m Drama List
      100% Tomatometer 9 Reviews 66% Audience Score 500+ Ratings Students and faculty handle lust at a Roman Catholic boys school in Australia. Read More Read Less

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      Pauline Kael New Yorker Schepisi is a rarity -- an artist whose sense of justice and proportion is as highly developed as his sensual aesthetic. He’s sane and balanced in his treatment of the characters. Sep 18, 2023 Full Review Bruce McCabe Boston Globe Playground is such a completely and thoroughly realized piece of cinema that almost every scene and sequence in it compels admiration. Apr 27, 2018 Full Review Michael Bronski Gay Community News (Boston) It is beautiful to look at, intelligent (for the most part), and beautifully done. Sep 9, 2022 Full Review Clancy Sigel The Spectator An outstandingly good Australian import. Oct 23, 2015 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Never caught my interest. Rated: B- Jun 9, 2014 Full Review Andrew L. Urban Urban Cinefile Everyone makes a terrific contribution as Schepisi peels away the surface to reveal a morass of personal demons Oct 31, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member One of the most successful Australian films to come out of the early 1970s This takes place at an all boys Roman Catholic school where growing up, hormones, and teenage lust start to take over in 1953 This handles the trials of the flesh and the tensions that arise, for both Brothers and students, from the religious injunction to control one's sexuality I didn't really grasp onto anything in this Wasn't a single character to care about since they keep cutting away every few minutes Who's the lead? What's to truly take away from this? Eh, some might enjoy this more than others Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Audience Member Already controversial with the choice of the title, Fred Schepisi's directorial debut extends uncomfortably intimate vignettes of sexual frustration and spiritual doubts of brothers and students in an Australian Roman Catholic seminary. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review mike v The Devil's Playground is a 1976 Australian drama film written, produced and directed by Fred Schepis ⛪️ It's good 🙂 I'd recommend it if you like this genre 👍🏼 While not perfect, this film is interesting to watch and was a trip down memory lane for me. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member It is about the world's largest cult,the Catholic church Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member takes a look at drama in a catholic boarding school. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member A group of boys in a seminary school as well as their teachers and superior struggle with sexual awakening and worldly desires. I thought it was going to be darker than it ended up being. Though it has serious undertones and themes, there are moments of humor and light-heartedness in it as well. It avoids being too sensationalistic and handles its very sensitive themes very tastefully and intelligently without hitting you over the head with it so much. Great performances too. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Synopsis Students and faculty handle lust at a Roman Catholic boys school in Australia.
      Fred Schepisi
      Original Language
      Release Date (Streaming)
      May 22, 2017
      1h 47m