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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.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gísli Halldórsson ...
Sigurveig Jónsdóttir ...
Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir ...
Sveinn Geirsson ...
Guðmundur Ólafsson ...
Magnús Ólafsson ...
Saga Jónsdóttir ...
Arnljótur Sigurðsson ...
Bóbó eldri
Gylfi Sigurðsson ...
Bóbó yngri
Valgerður Sigurðardóttir ...
Óskar Jónasson ...
Lúí Lúí
Ævar Örn Jósefsson ...
Maggi bjútí


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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Dyrasta kvikmynd sem gerd hefur verid a Islandi See more »


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Release Date:

3 October 1996 (Iceland)  »

Also Known As:

A Ilha do Diabo  »

Box Office


ISK 200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

DEM 46,388 (Germany) (16 January 1998)


$5,814 (USA) (12 March 1999)

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1.66 : 1
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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 »


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modern family saga
3 December 2005 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie in a university class. First, I felt it was somewhat loose in storyline and editing, and it took me a while to get me into the story. but then I got accustomed with the characters and was fine after all.

The story is about a family that lives in some come-down US-barrack-shelters in the early 1950ies. It covers a couple of years of time. It's built up like a classic Icelandic saga - about a family in Iceland, with one character, Baddi that is, in the middle, and the problems Baddi causes. But that might also make the story a bit boring.

Characters are odd and funny. Cinematography is excellent. If you like Scandinavian cinema and and story lines you can't predict, this is a movie you should watch.

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