|The Devil's Playground 1976 N/R, 107 min.|
Director: Fred Schepisi
Cast: Arthur Dignam, Nick Tate, Simon Burke, Charles McCallum, John Frawley, Jonathan Hardy, Gerry Duggan, Peter Cox, Thomas Keneally, John Diedrich, Sheila Florance, Alan Cinis, Gary Pixton, Rowan Currie, Richard Morgan
Set during the autumn of 1953 in a Roman Catholic boarding school, this is the story of 13-year-old Tom Allen's (Simon Burke) sexual awakening during which he must decide between restrictions on priests and temptations of the flesh. Brother Francine (Arthur Dignam) patrols the halls in search of evidence of "undisciplined minds," while Brother Victor (Nick Tate) administers discipline that affects both the hearts and minds of the students he reprimands.
|Gods and Monsters 1998 N/R, 105 min.|
Director: Bill Condon
Cast: Ian McKellen, Brendan Fraser, Lynn Redgrave, Lolita Davidovich, Kevin J. O'Connor, David Dukes, Jack Betts, Arthur Dignam, Martin Ferrero, John Gatins
The last days in the life of British director James Whale ("Frankenstein" and "Bride of Frankenstein") are recounted in this campy tale of Whale's homosexual attraction to his tall, square-headed gardener–a fantasized reincarnation of Frankenstein's monster. Ian McKellen received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and Lynn Redgrave received a nomination for Supporting Actress.
|The Right Hand Man 1987 R, 100 min.|
Director: Di Drew
Cast: Rupert Everett, Hugo Weaving, Arthur Dignam, Catherine McClements, Jennifer Claire, Ralph Cotterill, Adam Cockburn, Tim Elliott, Jack Allen, John Spicer
Wealthy, young Harry (Rupert Everett) is in a deep depression after an accident in a horse-drawn coach, which left his father dead and himself losing an arm. He is brought out of this state after meeting and taking a job with Ned (Hugo Weaving) who drives his own coach. Good photography of Australia in this film based on a novel by Kathleen Peyton.
|Strange Behavior 1981 R, 98 min.|
Genre: Horror / Thriller / Mystery
aka: Dead Kids
Director: Michael Laughlin
Cast: Michael Murphy, Louise Fletcher, Dan Shor, Fiona Lewis, Arthur Dignam, Scott Brady, Charles(2) Lane, Marc McClure, Dey Young, Elizabeth Cheshire, Beryl Te Wiata, Jim Boelsen
A series of gory murders committed by a college town's teenagers seems to have a connection to the university psychology department that is run by Dr. Gwen Parkinson (Fiona Lewis). Sheriff John Brady (Michael Murphy) investigates and, through his son Pete (Dan Shor) who had participated in mind-control experiments, finds that the murders appear to have started when Dr. LeSange (Arthur Dignam) ran the mind-control experiments in Parkinson's psychology department. But, LeSange is dead–or is he?–as Brady is about to find out. Special effects are well-executed.
|1. The Devil's Playground (1976)|
2. Gods and Monsters (1998)
3. The Right Hand Man (1987)
4. Strange Behavior (1981)
aka: Dead Kids
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