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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.


Mikael Håfström


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




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


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


It's time to take a stand.




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Did You Know?


ONDSKAN a.k.a. Evil has been invited to a lot of festivals. Among many others; 2003 Vancouver, 2004 Leeds, 2004 Palm Springs, 2005 Atalanta. See more »


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 »


Headmaster: There is only one word for people like you, and that is "evil"
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References Windom's Way (1957) See more »


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Written by Howard Greenfield (as Greenfield) and Neil Sedaka (as Sedaka)
Performed by Connie Francis
With the kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Scand.AB and Universal Music AB
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Totally gripping
17 August 2006 | by somfSee all my reviews

I was amazed at how excellent this film was. I just did not expect much and I was blown away. My first Mikael Hafstrom film was Derailed which also surprised me. It was not a great film but it was very good and much better than the general reviews that it garnered. It made me curious about Evil and I just cannot recommend this film enough. Andreas Wilson is terrific as the "title" character and the way his character develops is quite different from the way one might expect. You will be rooting for him to overcome the cruelty and evil that surrounds him throughout the film. If you enjoy coming of age tales do not miss this masterpiece. I look forward to Mr. Hafstroms future films. "1408" is up next and it sounds terrific.

One more thing, I just finished watching Saint Ralph and would highly recommend watching it as a double feature with "Evil". They really play well together.

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Swedish | Finnish

Release Date:

26 September 2003 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


SEK22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,448, 12 March 2006

Gross USA:


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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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