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Crime and Punishment (1983)

Rikos ja rangaistus (original title)
An adaptation of Dostoyevsky's novel, set in modern Helsinki. Slaughterhouse worker Rahikainen murders a man, and is forced to live with the consequences of his actions.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Markku Toikka ...
Antti Rahikainen
Aino Seppo ...
Eeva Laakso
Esko Nikkari ...
Inspector Pennanen
Hannu Lauri ...
Department head Heinonen
Olli Tuominen ...
Detective Snellman
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Nikander
Harri Marstio ...
Singer of the restaurant band
Kari Sorvali ...
Sormunen
Pentti Auer ...
Kari Honkanen
Asmo Hurula ...
Bartender
Risto Aaltonen ...
Painter
Tarja Keinänen ...
Mrs. Pennanen
Tiina Pirhonen ...
Maid
Pedro Hietanen ...
Pianist of the restaurant band
Hannu Lemola ...
Drummer of the restaurant band
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An adaptation of Dostoyevsky's novel, set in modern Helsinki. Slaughterhouse worker Rahikainen murders a man, and is forced to live with the consequences of his actions. Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Crime | Drama

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2 December 1983 (Finland)  »

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Antti Rahikainen: So you know who the murderer is?
Inspector Pennanen: Yes. Today I became certain.
Antti Rahikainen: Who?
Inspector Pennanen: Are you asking me that? You, Rahikainen. You're the murderer.
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Aki Kaurismaki makes a great film influenced by Russian literature classic "Crime and Punishment" written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky.
8 March 2010 | by (Paris,France) – See all my reviews

By making "Crime and Punishment",director Aki Kaurismaki has given some typical Finnish touches to a Russian literature classic. Seriousness in all scenes is evident in this film set in Helsinki where protagonists Antti Rahikainen and Eeva Laakso are so honest in their portrayals as victims that viewers get a feeling that they are watching a drama film which has shades of a criminal act.One is a victim of life whereas another person is a victim of circumstances.This effect can be seen in absolutely dead pan performances by Finnish actors Mr.Markku Toikka and Ms.Aino Seppo who convincingly play their parts.By making "Crime and Punishment",Aki Kaurismaki has also joined a select league of reputed filmmakers such as Luchino Visconti,Andrzej Zulawski and Makk Karoly who have made films based on works by famous Russian writer Fyodor Dostoyevsky who is considered as an undisputed master of human psychology.What works in Mr.Kaurismaki's favor is the fact that his film "Rikos Ja Rangaistus" is a faithful adaptation of Russian classic "Crime and Punishment".Some of the scenes in this film have been shot in such a natural manner that viewers will tend to believe that "Rikos Ja Rangaistus" has just been influenced by "Crime and Punishment". Mr.Kaurismaki is modest when he suggests that he has made a good film in his "so-called" career as he can never make a classic film.However, Rikos Ja Rangaistus is already hailed as a classic film as Mr. Kaurismaki has taken perfect care of script and thereby extracted wonderful performances from all his actors.


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