Devil's Island (1996)

  |  Comedy, Drama


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The story of families living in barracks, left by the US Army in Reykjavik at the conclusion of World War II.


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13 August 2001 | ornarnarson
7
| Excellent
I have to disagree with the user that commented on the movie above me. You might think that this is my opinion as an Icelander, but this is truly my honest opinion from a motion picture point of view.

This story probably captures Icelandic viewers born from 1900 - 1950 even better than the rest, since they might remember this peculiar scenario, where the poor people of the country lived in US/UK military cabins. This story realistically describes life in those days if you had little financial capabilities and lived in Iceland, which took a big leap in that time frame in regards of technology and thinking. Actors put on quite a show, and the characters are of such variations that almost everyone can relate to some of them, whether if it's yourself or somebody you know.

I don't know why the other critic claimed that he didn't care whether the characters lived or died, but it seems to me that he wasn't really paying attention to the movie. I don't know if it's because it's mainly in Icelandic, or because of another reason (maybe not subtitled), but I recommend this movie to anyone who likes good movies that are not typical Hollywood movies.

Cheers.

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Details

Release Date:

3 October 1996

Language

Icelandic, English


Country of Origin

Iceland, Germany, Norway, Denmark

Filming Locations

Breiðamerkurlón, Breiðamerkursandur, Iceland

Box Office

Budget:

ISK200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,814 14 March 1999

Gross USA:

$5,814

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,814

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