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Shadow of the Raven (1988)

Í skugga hrafnsins (original title)
Trausti returns to Iceland just in time to be entangled in a family feud over a stranded whale-cadaver. His mother (the family head) is mortally wounded and Grim kills Erikur; the other ... See full summary »

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Hrafn Gunnlaugsson
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Reine Brynolfsson ... Trausti
Tinna Gunnlaugsdóttir Tinna Gunnlaugsdóttir ... Isold
Egill Ólafsson Egill Ólafsson ... Hjoerleifur
Sune Mangs ... Bishop
Kristbjörg Kjeld ... Sigrid
Klara Íris Vigfúsdóttir Klara Íris Vigfúsdóttir ... Sol
Helgi Skúlason Helgi Skúlason ... Grim
Johann Neumann Johann Neumann ... Leonardo
Helga Bachmann Helga Bachmann ... Edda
Sigurður Sigurjónsson ... Egill
Sveinn M. Eiðsson Sveinn M. Eiðsson ... Ketill
Flosi Ólafsson Flosi Ólafsson ... Erikur
Guðmunda Elíasdóttir Guðmunda Elíasdóttir ... Fostra
Rúrik Haraldsson Rúrik Haraldsson ... Lawman
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Storyline

Trausti returns to Iceland just in time to be entangled in a family feud over a stranded whale-cadaver. His mother (the family head) is mortally wounded and Grim kills Erikur; the other clan leader. Isold, daughter of Erikur now takes his place. Isold and Trausti are attracted to each other, but Isold was promised to Hjoerleifur - the son of the Bishop (of Iceland) and his powerful wife. However, Isold has a plan... Written by Staale A. Olsen <sao@idt.unit.no>

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Country:

Sweden | Iceland | Norway

Language:

Icelandic | German

Release Date:

23 October 1988 (Iceland) See more »

Also Known As:

Shadow of the Raven See more »

Filming Locations:

Iceland See more »

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Budget:

ISK 200,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Through part of the "Viking-trilogy" and often put in lists of the best film about the viking age, the film does not feature any vikings. See more »

Quotes

Trausti: I will forgive you when you are dead!
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Referenced in Beowulf & Grendel (2005) See more »

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Suðurnesjamenn
Written by Sigvaldi Kaldalóns
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An Icelandic epic that has everything
28 August 2005 | by donelan-1See all my reviews

The Shadow of the Raven is bigger in scope and conception than the only other Icelandic film of its kind (Outlaw: Gisli's Saga). It portrays not only a feud between two families, but the conflict in medieval Iceland between the ancient pagan religion and encroaching Christianity. Naturally, the advocates of Christianity use it for their own political purposes. The other big themes of medieval literature are there as well: conflict of loyalties, treachery by trusted friends, romantic attraction between enemies, and revenge against all odds. The film makes some concessions to modern cinematic conventions - the dialog is not always as terse and ironic as you find in the sagas. But the film is still very authentic, and the action (though it flows from the characters and situations) is not easily predictable.


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