Eleven Men Out

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Eleven Men Out
Directed by Robert Ingi Douglas
Produced by Ingvar Þórðarson
Sam Taylor
Mike Downey
Júlíus Kemp
Zorana Piggott
Written by Robert Ingi Douglas
Jón Atli Jónasson
Starring Björn Hlynur Haraldsson
Lilja Nótt Þórarinsdóttir
Arnmundur Ernst
Music by Bardi Johannsson
Cinematography Magni Ágústsson
Edited by Ásta Briem
Robert Ingi Douglas
Distributed by Regent Releasing
Icelandic Filmcompany
Film and Music Entertainment
Release date
September 2, 2005 (Iceland)
September 9, 2005 (Toronto Film Festival)
July 19, 2006 (France)
November 16, 2007 (United States)
Running time
85 min.
Country Iceland/Finland/United Kingdom
Language Icelandic
Budget €1,500,000 (estimate)

Eleven Men Out (Icelandic: Strákarnir okkar (About this sound pronunciation )) is comedy-drama directed by Robert Ingi Douglas. The film participated in the Toronto International Film Festival (2005), the Berlin International Film Festival (2006), and the Hawaii International Film Festival.

Plot summary[edit]

Ottar Thor is the star player of the Icelandic football team KR (Reykjavík FC). He is a well liked player who causes a stir when he admits being gay to his team mates and then goes on a journey to discover himself (with the help of the local press). He soon finds himself on the bench for most of his team's matches and decides to call it quits with KR. He joins a small amateur team mainly made up of men like himself - gay guys trying to play soccer in a straight world.

The director of KR, who happens to be Ottar Thor's father, tries everything in his power to persuade Ottar to come back and play for his team, but the catch is that he needs to get himself back into the closet before playing pro football again. A struggle between father and son starts. Ottar Thor also has a son, a teenager that is not coping too well with all the attention his father is getting, for all the wrong reasons.

Ottar Thor finally gives into his father and returns to KR on the condition that KR plays one match against the gay team. His father accepts this condition, not realising that the match will take place on Gay Pride Day.

Production details[edit]

Main cast[edit]


The film has been compared to the 2004 German production Guys and Balls.[citation needed]


Eleven Men Out was released on 31 August 2005.


'Edda Awards' - Iceland

  • Nominated for an Edda Award for Best Film
  • Nominated for an Edda Award for Supporting Actor or Supporting Actress of the Year - Þorsteinn Bachmann
  • Nominated for an Edda Award for Supporting Actor or Supporting Actress of the Year - Helgi Björnsson
  • Nominated for an Edda Award for Supporting Actor or Supporting Actress of the Year - Jón Atli Jónason


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