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King of Devil's Island (2010)

Kongen av Bastøy (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Drama | 17 December 2010 (Norway)
Norwegian winter, early 20th century. On the boys home Bastoy, a new inmate leads the boys to a violent uprising against a brutal regime. How far is he willing to go to attain freedom?

Director:

Marius Holst

Writers:

Mette M. Bølstad (story), Lars Saabye Christensen (story) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Benjamin Helstad ... Erling / C-19
Trond Nilssen ... Olav / C-1
Stellan Skarsgård ... Bestyrer Håkon
Kristoffer Joner ... Husfar Bråthen
Magnus Langlete Magnus Langlete ... Ivar / C-5
Morten Løvstad Morten Løvstad ... Øystein (as Morten Strøm)
Daniel Berg Daniel Berg ... Johan
Odin Gineson Brøderud Odin Gineson Brøderud ... Axel
Magnar Botten Magnar Botten ... Lillegutt
Markus Brustad Markus Brustad ... Jan
Agnar Jeger Holst Agnar Jeger Holst ... Arne
Tommy Jakob Håland Tommy Jakob Håland ... Terje
Richard Safin Richard Safin ... Eirik
Frank-Thomas Andersen Frank-Thomas Andersen ... Gårdsgutt Bjarne (as Frank-Thomas H. Andersen)
Arne Brønstad Arne Brønstad ... Husfar Kjell
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Storyline

Based on a true story: Norwegian winter, early 20th century. On the island Bastoy, located in the Oslo fjord live a group of delinquent, young boys aged 11 to 18. The boys daily, sadistic regime is run by the guards and the principal who bestow both mental and physical abuse on them. Instead of the boys being straightened out with education they end up being used as cheap, manual labor. The boys attempt to survive by adapting to their inhumane conditions. One day a new boy, Erling (17), arrives with his own agenda; how to escape from the island. How far is he willing to go in order to get his freedom? Written by JRN

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Norway, 1915, a home for boys. See more »

Genres:

Action | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

So far the most expensive film to the production company 4 1/2. See more »

Goofs

The movie grossly exaggerates the size of the lead ship of the Norwegian Navy at the time.

As the boys are trying to escape the island, at about 1 hour 34 minutes, the Battleship "Norge" appears in the fog. The "Norge" was a small 300 ft pre-dreadnought - significantly smaller than modern day Frigate. If one assumes that the men seen on deck, are about 1.7 meters tall, the ship in the movie is more than 3 times as large as the actual "Norge" - comparable to a modern day Aircraft Carrier. See more »

Quotes

Bestyreren: You are accused of fornication with a child. Do you understand what that means?
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Soundtracks

Sigur 1 (Untitled)
Performed by Sigur Rós
Music & Lyrics by Kjartan Sveinsson, Jon Thor Birgisson, Georg Holm, Orri P. Dyrason
Universal Music Publishing Scandinavia AB
(P) 2002 FatCat Records
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Gripping, tragic and oh so cold
7 November 2014 | by juneebuggySee all my reviews

A gripping and tragic movie made even more so because its based on real events. It surrounds the infamous Bastøy Boys Home correctional facility in Norway and the violent uprising that took place there in 1915, led in part by 17 year old inmate Erling who bucks against the brutal regime.

I spent the entire movie feeling cold, exhausted and hungry as the wintry isolation almost becomes a character in itself here. Why didn't anyone ever wear a jacket? Was that part of the punishment at the home?

Great performances from everyone, although for some reason I'd been expecting more brutality from Stellan Skarsgard, maybe because he always looks so angry and mean. The real problem here was the dorm master!

In the end I was left wondering how much of this story is true and slightly confused by the bittersweet flash-forward at the end, how many years later was that? Was "he" a whaling captain? A little vague. 02.15.14


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Country:

Norway | France | Sweden | Poland

Language:

Norwegian | Swedish

Release Date:

17 December 2010 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

King of Devil's Island See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

NOK54,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,039, 20 November 2011

Gross USA:

$7,615

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,360,391
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Extended Edition)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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