ON TOP has certainly lived up to its name. On its release in 1982 the film smashed all box-office records in cinema-oriented Reykjavik where, over Christmans, crowds fought their way through that year’s exceptionally stormy weather and deep snowdrifts to see it and cheer themselves up, altogether 43% of the population! Director Ágúst Guðmundsson worked on this third film of his in close co-operation with a group of Icelandic musicians, immensely popular for their wide range of musical expertise as well as their wit and unpredictable humour. It’s all good entertainment – all the better for the wry comment it offers on the battle of the sexes.
Director Ágúst Guðmundsson
Producer Jakob Frímann Magnússon
Screenplay Ágúst Guðmundsson and Stuðmenn
Music Stuðmenn and Grýlurnar
Designer Anna Theodóra Rögnvaldsdóttir
Cameraman David Bridges
Editor William Diver
Sound Júlíus Agnarsson and Gunnar Smári
Cast Egill Ólafsson
Tómas M. Tómasson
Production company Bjarmaland s.f.
35 mm. Widescreen (1,85:1)
Date of release: 18. desember 1982