On Top

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
   Ragnhildur Gísladóttir
   Eggert Þorleifsson
   Jakob Magnússon
   Anna Björnsdóttir
   Valgeir Guðjónsson
   Tómas M. Tómasson
   Þórður Árnason
   Ásgeir Óskarsson

Production company Bjarmaland s.f.

35 mm. Widescreen (1,85:1)
Dolby Stereo
Date of release: 18. desember 1982