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Devil's Island (1996)

Djöflaeyjan (original title)
The story of families living in barracks, left by the US Army in Reykjavik at the conclusion of World War II.

Writers:

Einar Kárason (novel), Einar Kárason (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Baltasar Kormákur ... Baddi
Gísli Halldórsson Gísli Halldórsson ... Thomas
Sigurveig Jónsdóttir Sigurveig Jónsdóttir ... Karolina
Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir ... Dolly
Sveinn Geirsson ... Danni
Guðmundur Ólafsson Guðmundur Ólafsson ... Grettir
Ingvar Sigurdsson ... Grjóni (as Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson)
Magnús Ólafsson Magnús Ólafsson ... Hreggviður
Pálína Jónsdóttir Pálína Jónsdóttir ... Hveragerður
Saga Jónsdóttir Saga Jónsdóttir ... Gógó
Arnljótur Sigurðsson Arnljótur Sigurðsson ... Bóbó eldri
Gylfi Sigurðsson Gylfi Sigurðsson ... Bóbó yngri
Valgerður Sigurðardóttir Valgerður Sigurðardóttir ... Gislina
Óskar Jónasson Óskar Jónasson ... Lúí Lúí
Ævar Örn Jósefsson Ævar Örn Jósefsson ... Maggi bjútí
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Storyline

Djoflaeyjan takes place in Reykjavik in the years following World War II. The British and American occupation army has left their bunkers behind. They became homes to hundreds of lower-class people who were pouring into the capital during those years. Djoflaeyjan tells the story of the struggle and often humorous life of people in the bunkers in those difficult times. Written by Frimann Stefansson <frimann@rhi.hi.is>

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Taglines:

Dyrasta kvikmynd sem gerd hefur verid a Islandi See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Iceland | Germany | Norway | Denmark

Language:

Icelandic | English

Release Date:

3 October 1996 (Iceland) See more »

Also Known As:

A Ilha do Diabo See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

ISK 200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

DEM 46,388 (Germany), 18 January 1998, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,814, 14 March 1999, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,814, 14 March 1999
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This is a true story which happened in Reykjavik, Iceland. The real name of Baddi is Bóbó. He was known as "Bóbó á Holtinu". See more »

Goofs

When Baddi drives his car from the airport after staying at his mother in the USA, another person is seen in his car, though he apparently comes back alone. See more »

Quotes

Dolly: Hey Dolly. Don't let the sun catch you cryin'.
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Connections

References The Bad Seed (1956) See more »

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All Shook Up
Written by Otis Blackwell, Elvis Presley
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Great movie
17 January 2006 | by hitman31337See all my reviews

This movie is really good. At least it's better than the book although many people would disagree with me there. To enjoy this film more than some have been doing you'll have to know what situation the people are in. The movie is based on the Icelandic lives at that time. I think it's a great movie but not the best Icelandic movie i've seen.

If I would see some film that is identical to this one from another country with another culture I would not enjoy it as much. For example if there were a movie about someone in Britain and I would not know the situation the people would be in I wouldn't understand the story in the film.

I recommend to everybody who can read the book to read it before or after you see this film. In the book you can see the storyline much better and you'll know why this is a really good movie.


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