Cinema: Eerie Ennui

CHILD'S PLAY

Directed by SIDNEY LUMET

Screenplay by LEON PROCHNIK

Winter term at a Catholic boarding school for boys, and the students are restless. But this is no case of ordinary snowbound ennui, as eager young Gym Teacher Paul Reis (Beau Bridges) soon discovers. There have been "six student-caused accidents" in the winter term alone. Fingers have been mashed, brows bloodied, eyes gouged, as if the boys were all under the rule of some demoniac impulse.

Extracted with misplaced fidelity from Robert Marasco's unfortunate 1970 Broadway success, this lame tale about the corruption of innocence is little more than a trot for Lord of...

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