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On Top (1982)

Með allt á hreinu (original title)
The basic plot revolves around the break-up of a band and the subsequent competition between the two new bands to get contracts and attention. One of the new bands is all-female, the other all-male.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ásgeir Óskarsson Ásgeir Óskarsson ... Hafþór Ægisson
Egill Ólafsson Egill Ólafsson ... Kristinn "Stuð" Styrkársson Proppé
Jakob Magnússon Jakob Magnússon ... Frímann Flygering
Tómas M. Tómasson Tómas M. Tómasson ... Skafti Sævarsson
Valgeir Guðjónsson Valgeir Guðjónsson ... Lars Himmelbjerg
Þórður Árnason Þórður Árnason ... Baldvin Roy Pálmason
Eggert Þorleifsson Eggert Þorleifsson ... Dúddi
Herdís Hallvarðsdóttir Herdís Hallvarðsdóttir ... Herself
Inga Rún Pálmadóttir Inga Rún Pálmadóttir ... Herself
Linda Björk Hreiðarsdóttir Linda Björk Hreiðarsdóttir ... Herself
Ragnhildur Gísladóttir Ragnhildur Gísladóttir ... Harpa Sjöfn Hermundardóttir
Anna Bjorn ... Hekla (as Anna Björns)
Magnús Óskarsson Magnús Óskarsson ... Bílstj. Gæra (The Driver of the Gærur Band van)
Sif Ragnhildardóttir Sif Ragnhildardóttir ... Birthmother
Guðmundur Ingi Guðmundur Ingi ... Son
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The basic plot revolves around the break-up of a band and the subsequent competition between the two new bands to get contracts and attention. One of the new bands is all-female, the other all-male.

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road movie | cult film | See All (2) »

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Comedy | Musical

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Country:

Iceland

Language:

Icelandic | Danish

Release Date:

18 December 1982 (Iceland) See more »

Also Known As:

On Top See more »

Filming Locations:

Copenhagen, Denmark See more »

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Production Co:

Bjarmaland See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Trivia

Almost all of the dialogue was unscripted and improvised, from scene-by-scene outlines as instructed by the director. Likewise, a large bulk of the music was composed during filming, by members of both of the film's 'rival' bands. See more »

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During the credits, Stuðmenn are walking after a parade on the streets of Kobenhagen. And at the very end there are fireworks over the Tivoly. See more »

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Followed by In Tune with the Time (2004) See more »

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One of the most beloved Icelandic films still holds up
10 December 2009 | by atlihafsteinssonSee all my reviews

"Með allt á hreinu" is one of Iceland's cult films, following two bands in 1982, Stuðmenn and Gærurnar (in actuality Grýlurnar). The story begins as the lead singer of Stuðmenn, Kristinn "Stinni" Styrkársson Proppé (Egill Ólafsson), falls out with his girlfriend and co-singer, Harpa Sjöfn Hermundardóttir(Ragnhildur Gísladóttir), just as the two are about to go on a tour around Iceland with the band. While "Stinni" proceeds with Stuðmenn, Harpa and the backing group Gærurnar become a proper band, aptly aided by charismatic manager Hekla (Anna Björnsdóttir). And so a fierce battle for the loyalty of Icelandic concert-goers ensues, in which neither party manages to get the upper hand, climaxing at Þjóðhátíð in the Westman Islands.

This movie is full of songs, incorporated into it in a very nice way. Sadly, not all the music from the film found its way onto the accompanying soundtrack, music by both Stuðmenn and Grýlurnar. The story is sometimes happy, sometimes a bit sad, but always entertaining and involving. All members of the cast do their roles well, from Egill and Ragnhildur to Eggert Þórleifsson as the hapless roadie Dúddi, who often finds himself with the worst jobs you could have on a tour, such as recruiting people for a beauty and/or talent show that nobody wants to enter. What's interesting is that the movie does not have a happy ending at all, though it ends as though it should be one.

"Með allt á hreinu" holds up remarkably well, 27 years after its release, and somehow is still as fresh (and this coming from not exactly the biggest Stuðmenn-fan on the planet). For a slice of much-loved Icelandic music-and-film history, this is a must.


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