September 26th, 2003



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Erik is expelled from school for fighting. He ends up at a private boarding school where the senior students control the young ones...

Release Year: 2003

Rating: 7.8/10 (16,873 voted)

Critic's Score: 61/100

Director: Mikael Håfström

Stars: Andreas Wilson, Henrik Lundström, Gustaf Skarsgård

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.

Writers: Jan Guillou, Mikael Håfström

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 - Karlberg
Martin Svane - Leffler
Rustan Blomqvist - Bergvall
Peter Eggers - Von Rosen
Per Westergren - Lewenheusen
Henrik Linnros - Beijer
Theodor Hoffsten - Lagerros
Sanna Mari Patjas - Stina (as Sannamari Patjas)

Taglines: It's time to take a stand.


Official Website: MovieScore media - soundtrack |

Release Date: 26 September 2003

Filming Locations: Filmhusateljéerna, Filmhuset, Svenska Filminstitutet, Gärdet, Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden

Box Office Details

Budget: SEK 20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: SEK 7,008,000 (Sweden) (12 September 2003)

Gross: $147,406 (Finland) (1 January 2004)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The movie is based on a novel by Jan Guillou. Jan Guillou attended a boarding school himself when he was a teenager and the novel is partly based on his own experiences.

Continuity: 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.

Headmaster: There is only one word for people like you, and that is "evil"

User Review

Come on! 7.7?

Rating: 10/10

I just saw "Ondskan" and I have to admit: It's one of the best films I've ever seen. I own approx. 200 DVDs and this is among the 5 best, without doubt. I also gave it a ten at the vote. What I don't understand is why the majority of voters have given this movie a 7. With an average of 7.7 that almost the same as "Secondhand Lions" on 7.4 - and that sucked(at least compared to this Oscar-nominated film). Maybe the reason it's so low is because the movie is made in a foreign language, so the American or non-Scandinavian speaking people won't understand all the points. This could very well be it. I just want future viewers of this IMDb-profile to know that there are others who also disagree on the grade given. And please reply to my comment if you agree.


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