An epic tale about a group of whale watchers, whose ship breaks down and they get picked up by a whale fisher vessel. The Fishbillies on the vessel has just gone bust, and everything goes out of control.


Júlíus Kemp


Sjón (as Sjón Sigurdsson)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pihla Viitala ... Annette
Nae ... Endo (as Nae Yuuki)
Terence Anderson Terence Anderson ... Leon
Miranda Hennessy ... Marie-Anne
Helgi Björnsson ... Tryggvi
Guðrún Gísladóttir ... Mamma
Stefán Jónsson ... Siggi
Aymen Hamdouchi ... Jean Francois
Snorri Engilbertsson ... Anton
Gunnar Hansen ... Captain Pétur
Thor Kristjansson ... Bjorn (as Thorvaldur David Kristjansson)
Ragnhildur Steinunn Jónsdóttir Ragnhildur Steinunn Jónsdóttir ... Hannah Traschle
Carlos Takeshi Carlos Takeshi ... Nobuyoshi
Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir ... Helga
Hanna María Karlsdóttir Hanna María Karlsdóttir ... Signy


An epic tale about a group of whale watchers, whose ship breaks down and they get picked up by a whale fisher vessel. The Fishbillies on the vessel has just gone bust, and everything goes out of control.

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Hunting humans in the cold Icelandic waters See more »


Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody violence, language, some nudity and drug use | See all certifications »

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Initially promoted as "Iceland's first splatter-film!" but after the first weekend in local theaters it was advertised as a thriller and the original tagline changed. See more »


Mamma: Sing sing sing like a whale
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Alternate Versions

There are two US DVD releases, released in 2010, one the R-rated cut and one an Unrated Cut. See more »

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Just How Are We to React to This?
31 August 2011 | by bababearSee all my reviews

The best thing I can say about HARPOON is that I watched it to the end (with, I must admit, increasing use of the fast forward button) hoping that it was going to come together. It didn't.

The opening titles are shown over grainy footage of whaling boats. Then we are introduced to an assortment of irritating characters of various nationalities. They go out for a short (presumably about two hours, based on dialog muttered in passing) trip to, well, watch whales.

The captain (the great Gunnar Hansen, the only familiar name in the cast) falls victim to a, well, harpoon. Then the irritating tourists, squabbling among themselves, get on board a "rescue" ship that turns out to be manned by crazies.

This is not a case of watching untalented actors go through the motions. But the tone is so uncertain that we never become involved with these people in their struggle to survive. Is this supposed to be a comedy? If not, why does a scene in which one character's dying act is to decapitate another seem so hilarious in retrospect?

At the very beginning a title card announces that this was a product of the Icelandic Film Company, which I presume to be an entity that encourages the development of that Country's cinema industry, possibly with funding or at least tax breaks from the Icelandic government. It would have been amusing to have been present when this film's producers set up their projector in the company's board room, as in, "You spend our $4 million on THAT?"

Two positive notes about the film, though: 1. It has, oddly enough, some effective use of sound that gave my stereo speakers a chance to shine. 2. Neither the director nor screenwriter has gotten another credit on IMDb since making this turd.

By the way, HARPOON may stink in most aspects but it has a great poster.

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Release Date:

4 September 2009 (Iceland) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Reykjavík, Iceland


Box Office


$4,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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