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Kongen av Bastøy (2010)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama | 17 December 2010 (Norway)
Norwegian winter, early 20th century. On the boys home Bastoy, a new inmate leads the boys to a violent uprising against a brutal regime. How far is he willing to go to attain freedom?

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Erling / C-19
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Olav / C-1
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Bestyrer Håkon
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Husfar Bråthen
Magnus Langlete ...
Ivar / C-5
Morten Løvstad ...
Øystein (as Morten Strøm)
Daniel Berg ...
Johan
Odin Gineson Brøderud ...
Axel
Magnar Botten ...
Lillegutt
Markus Brustad ...
Jan
Agnar Jeger Holst ...
Arne
Tommy Jakob Håland ...
Terje
Richard Safin ...
Eirik
Frank-Thomas Andersen ...
Gårdsgutt Bjarne (as Frank-Thomas H. Andersen)
Arne Brønstad ...
Husfar Kjell
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Based on a true story: Norwegian winter, early 20th century. On the island Bastoy, located in the Oslo fjord live a group of delinquent, young boys aged 11 to 18. The boys daily, sadistic regime is run by the guards and the principal who bestow both mental and physical abuse on them. Instead of the boys being straightened out with education they end up being used as cheap, manual labor. The boys attempt to survive by adapting to their inhumane conditions. One day a new boy, Erling (17), arrives with his own agenda; how to escape from the island. How far is he willing to go in order to get his freedom? Written by JRN

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King of Devil's Island  »

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Budget:

NOK 54,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$554 (USA) (16 December 2011)

Gross:

$7,166 (USA) (3 February 2012)
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At the time, this was the most expensive Norwegian film ever made. See more »

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The movie grossly exaggerates the size of the lead ship of the Norwegian Navy at the time.

As the boys are trying to escape the island, at about 1 hour 34 minutes, the Battleship "Norge" appears in the fog. The "Norge" was a small 300 ft pre-dreadnought - significantly smaller than modern day Frigate. If one assumes that the men seen on deck, are about 1.7 meters tall, the ship in the movie is more than 3 times as large as the actual "Norge" - comparable to a modern day Aircraft Carrier. See more »

Quotes

Erling: You do not belong here, either. Goodbye, manager!
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Sigur 1 (Untitled)
Performed by Sigur Rós
Music & Lyrics by Kjartan Sveinsson, Jon Thor Birgisson, Georg Holm, Orri P. Dyrason
Universal Music Publishing Scandinavia AB
(P) 2002 FatCat Records
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In the Belly of the Beast...
24 June 2014 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

The Prison Industrial Complex is a worldwide phenomenon that seems to have been with us just about Forever; and Hollywood (among many others) has milked the idea for just about all it's worth; hence, the all-too-familiar chain of events depicted in THE KING OF DEVIL'S ISLAND. The names and the faces may be new to us, but the transgressions are as old as the Institution(s). But that doesn't mean that THE KING OF DEVIL'S ISLAND is just another run-of-the-mill prison movie; it's not: it's an exceptionally well-crafted look at what happens to two young inmates- Erling and Olav- and those with whom they come into contact. That it's "based on a true story" makes it even more compelling. It's too bad that more movies of this caliber aren't produced: THE KING OF DEVIL'S ISLAND reaffirms one's faith in the possibilities of solid filmmaking.


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