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Devil's Island (1996)
"Djöflaeyjan" (original title)

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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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Baddi
Gísli Halldórsson ...
Thomas
Sigurveig Jónsdóttir ...
Karolina
Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir ...
Dolly
Sveinn Geirsson ...
Danni
Guðmundur Ólafsson ...
Grettir
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Grjóni
Magnús Ólafsson ...
Hreggviður
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Hveragerður
Saga Jónsdóttir ...
Gógó
Arnljótur Sigurðsson ...
Bóbó eldri
Gylfi Sigurðsson ...
Bóbó yngri
Valgerður Sigurðardóttir ...
Gislina
Óskar Jónasson ...
Lúí Lúí
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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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

Budget:

ISK 200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$5,814 (USA) (12 March 1999)
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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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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 »

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Dolly: Hey Dolly. Don't let the sun catch you cryin'.
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Excellent
13 August 2001 | by (Reykjavík, Iceland) – See all my reviews

I have to disagree with the user that commented on the movie above me. You might think that this is my opinion as an Icelander, but this is truly my honest opinion from a motion picture point of view.

This story probably captures Icelandic viewers born from 1900 - 1950 even better than the rest, since they might remember this peculiar scenario, where the poor people of the country lived in US/UK military cabins. This story realistically describes life in those days if you had little financial capabilities and lived in Iceland, which took a big leap in that time frame in regards of technology and thinking. Actors put on quite a show, and the characters are of such variations that almost everyone can relate to some of them, whether if it's yourself or somebody you know.

I don't know why the other critic claimed that he didn't care whether the characters lived or died, but it seems to me that he wasn't really paying attention to the movie. I don't know if it's because it's mainly in Icelandic, or because of another reason (maybe not subtitled), but I recommend this movie to anyone who likes good movies that are not typical Hollywood movies.

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