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Hrafninn flýgur
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Release Date:
25 April 1985 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Ireland: Vikings pillage the land, seeking silver and slaves, slaying men and women in the process.... See more » | Add synopsis »
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1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Reykjavik unveils competition line-up
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A true Icelandic Masterpiece See more (23 total) »

Cast

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Directed by
Hrafn Gunnlaugsson 
 
Writing credits
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Hrafn Gunnlaugsson 
Dashiell Hammett  novels "Red Harvest" and "Glass Key" (uncredited)
Bo Jonsson  screenplay

Produced by
Bo Jonsson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Harry Manfredini 
Hans-Erik Philip 
 
Cinematography by
Tony Forsberg 
 
Film Editing by
Hrafn Gunnlaugsson 
 
Costume Design by
Karl Júlíusson 
 
Sound Department
Gunnar Smári Helgason .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
Eggert Baldvinsson .... digital restoration: film to DCP
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Stefan Hencz .... gaffer
 

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Also Known As:
"Hrafninn flýgur" - Iceland (original title)
"Revenge of the Barbarians" - , Australia (video title), International (English title) (imdb display title), USA (video title)
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109 min
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The rain during the battle between Thor and Erik was not scripted, it simply started to rain on the day of filming and the director decided to just go with it. He even added some shots that took specific advantage of the rain for extra effect, such as where one man falls face down into a dirty, wet mud-pool.See more »
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Gest:Heavy knife.See more »
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References Yojimbo (1961)See more »

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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
A true Icelandic Masterpiece, 7 August 2006
Author: denis888 from Russian Federation

When I first saw this marvelous film in 1999 in Russia, I could not believe my own eyes - in fact, I had never seen a single Icelandic film before that, this was the first and what a great sensation! This is a highly elegant, smoothly done and excellent work. The idea is pretty simple, Gest, the main hero, comes to take revenge for his slain parents. The whole story takes place in 900's, so Iceland is still a heathen country, god Thor is frequently mentioned and his one-eyed figure is also often addressed to by several characters. What really marvels there is the superb combination of the actors' play, impeccable nature, and the spellbinding soundtrack. This terrible, never ending, incessant rain that falls throughout the film is just another character - it adds to the gloomy picture and the dark feeling of the main hero. His revenge is slow, but irreversible, he does what he thinks he has to. And he succeeds. The whole film leaves a great, lasting and powerful impression. Watch it, it is a must!

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