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Evil (2003)

Ondskan (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 26 September 2003 (Sweden)
A teenage boy expelled from school for fighting arrives at a boarding school where the systematic bullying of younger students is encouraged as a means to maintain discipline, and decides to fight back.

Director:

Mikael Håfström

Writers:

Jan Guillou (novel), Hans Gunnarsson | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 9 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andreas Wilson ... Erik Ponti
Henrik Lundström ... Pierre Tanguy
Gustaf Skarsgård ... Otto Silverhielm
Linda Zilliacus ... Marja
Jesper Salén ... Dahlén
Filip Berg ... Johan
Fredrik af Trampe ... von Schenken
Richard Danielsson Richard Danielsson ... Karlberg
Martin Svane Martin Svane ... Leffler
Rustan Blomqvist Rustan Blomqvist ... Bergvall
Peter Eggers ... Von Rosen
Per Westergren Per Westergren ... Lewenheusen
Henrik Linnros Henrik Linnros ... Beijer
Theodor Hoffsten Theodor Hoffsten ... Lagerros
Sannamari Patjas Sannamari Patjas ... Stina
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Storyline

Erik is expelled from school for fighting. He ends up at a private boarding school where the senior students control the young ones. Erik finds a friend in Pierre, his room mate. The story revolves around Erik who just wishes to be left alone and graduate. He doesn't listen to what the seniors have to say and they don't like it. Written by Mikael

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

It's time to take a stand.

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Sweden | Denmark

Language:

Swedish | Finnish

Release Date:

26 September 2003 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Evil See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

SEK22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,448, 12 March 2006

Gross USA:

$15,530

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$340,122
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The movie is based on a novel by Jan Guillou. Guillou attended a boarding school himself when he was a teenager and the novel is partly based on his own experiences. See more »

Goofs

It is sometime after Christmas when Erik is trying to see the Finnish girl for the last time but there are yellow and falling leaves visible behind him. See more »

Quotes

Erik Ponti: [to a rival, seated next to him] Strange. Can anyone smell shit? Shit, I smell shit.
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Connections

Featured in Visionado obligado: Ondskan (Evil) (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

The Great Pretender
Written by Buck Ram (as Ram)
Performed by The Platters
With the kind permission of Peer Music AB and Universal Music AB
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A Very Decent Film
4 August 2006 | by julioecolonSee all my reviews

I would recommend Ondskan to anyone who is interested in coming-of-age films. American cinema has always been expert at such portrayals, and it is good to see so accomplished an example out of Sweden. I liked especially the fact that the director never wavers as he unmasks the unwholesome face of an angst-ridden, violence-prone, socially intransigent Swedish society of the not so long ago . Set in the fifties, mostly at a posh boarding school for the upper-class, where the sixth-form boys, led by an effete Swedish aristocrat, go about enforcing their arbitrary and violent rules while the faculty turn a blind eye, this film cleverly avoids the hooks, punches and triumphs of the underdog come to grips with the jack-booted status quo via his fists alone by allowing him to prevail to justice through the implementation of Swedish law. There are enough fisticuffs along the way, however, to satisfy the blood-thirsty among you. Well-acted, good script, beautiful cinematographic moments.


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