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The Worthless (1982)

Arvottomat (original title)
A criminal, his friend and his former girlfriend find their lives intertwining with each other.

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Manne
Pirkko Hämäläinen ...
Veera
Juuso Hirvikangas ...
Harri
Esko Nikkari ...
Hagström
Jorma Markkula ...
Mitja
Asmo Hurula ...
Väyry
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Ari Piispa ...
Vasili
Aino Seppo ...
Tiina
Veikko Aaltonen ...
Juippi
Elina Kivihalme ...
Anna-Kaarina
Pentti Lahti ...
Sax Player
Pentti Auer ...
Boss
Aarre Karén ...
1# Poolshark
Kauko Laurikainen ...
2# Poolshark
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A criminal, his friend and his former girlfriend find their lives intertwining with each other.

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Crime | Drama

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15 October 1982 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

De arvlösa  »

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Quotes

Manne: [stops a car] I'm a bad person, I'm a nasty person, an unpleasent person. I believe my liver is sick. Could you give me a ride to the airport?
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Crazy Credits

Manne's last lines before he leaves Finland ("I'm a sick man, an evil man, a repulsive being. I believe my liver is diseased") are the first lines from Fyodor Dostoyevsky's novella Notes from the Underground. See more »

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Soundtracks

Erottamattomat
Written by Unto Mononen
Performed by Rauli-Sakari & Karhukopla
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Work of the young Geniuses
5 May 2004 | by (Boston, MA, United States) – See all my reviews

As the first longer film by the Kaurismaki brothers, this film establishes the subtle, minimalistic and yet intellectual dialogue set in the unlikely backdrop of lower middle-class crime drama. The "Time rushes like a moose" -type of line said in a monotone voice is the stuff that the brothers became known for, and they use the dialogue deliciously. While the dialogue is already in place, the pace is a lot faster than in the future films - or maybe it is because of Mika's directing. But the basic Kaurismaki themes of lower middle-class honor, independence and friendship are there. Due to its faster pace (Kaurismaki films are usually criticized for being too slow), witty dialogue and certainly unusual theme of Finnish unorganized crime (outside Finland, at least), I hope that this film will be picked up by some independent film channels. This movie is actually entertaining! It really deserves wider exposure. Another point worth mentioning is the soundtrack. The movie has some Finnish rock classics from the 70's - it's definitely worth checking out if you get a chance.


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