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King of Devil's Island

King of Devil’s Island
  • 2010
  • Norway
  • 116 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Marius Holst
  • Written by: Dennis Magnusson
  • Cast: Stellan Skarsgård, Benjamin Helstad, Kristoffer Joner
  • Language: Norwegian

Based on a true story of the brutal uprising at Bastoy reform school for underprivileged boys Stellan Skarsgård's governor Hakon turns a blind eye to obvious abuse. A slow burning but satisfying drama.

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King of Devil's Island

17 Jul 20123 stars

Slow-burning but satisfying prison drama starring Stellan Skarsgård

There is a steely Dickensian sweep to King Of Devil’s Island, a grimly compelling dramatisation of true events from 1915. The notorious correctional facility for ‘maladjusted’ boys on Bastoy Island belongs to the pages of Oliver Twist. The desolate…

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