Ulrik is reluctantly let out of prison after serving 12 years for murder. He has to cope with his gang, his ex, a few women - and a snitch. His son has a fiancé. Her family doesn't approve ... See full summary »
The movie portrays Norway's most spectacular robbery, where 11 men occupied central Stavanger for twenty minutes and escaped with 57 million kroner (appx $10 million). A police officer was shot and killed.
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
At the time, this was the most expensive Norwegian film ever made. See more »
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 »
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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