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2 December 1983 (Finland) See more »
An adaptation of Dostoyevsky's novel, set in modern Helsinki. Slaughterhouse worker Rahikainen murders a man... See more » | Add synopsis »
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2 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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A moody, thought-provoking film See more (7 total) »


  (in credits order)

Markku Toikka ... Antti Rahikainen
Aino Seppo ... Eeva Laakso
Esko Nikkari ... Inspector Pennanen
Hannu Lauri ... Department head Heinonen
Olli Tuominen ... Detective Snellman

Matti Pellonpää ... 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
Jouko Lumme ... Police photographer
Mikael Sievers ... Painter's helper
Juuso Hirvikangas ... Man at the police station
Kalervo Katajavuori ... Police
Pirjo Luoma-aho ... Sonja's workmate
Ari Kettunen ... Police
Heljä Angervo-Karttunen ... Performer at the opera
Jorma Hynninen ... Performer at the opera
Kari Kuoppa ... Performer at the opera
Jaakko Ryhänen ... Performer at the opera
Aino Takala ... Performer at the opera
Taru Valjakka ... Performer at the opera
Tapani Valtasaari ... Performer at the opera
Merja Wirkkala ... Performer at the opera

Directed by
Aki Kaurismäki 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Fyodor Dostoevsky  novel
Aki Kaurismäki  screenplay
Pauli Pentti  screenplay

Produced by
Mika Kaurismäki .... producer
Original Music by
Pedro Hietanen 
Cinematography by
Timo Salminen 
Film Editing by
Veikko Aaltonen 
Production Design by
Matti Jaaranen 
Costume Design by
Marja Uusitalo 
Production Management
Heikki Ukkonen .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Pauli Pentti .... assistant director
Art Department
Timo Eränkö .... property master
Kimmo Viskari .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Matti Kuortti .... assistant sound recordist
Mikael Sievers .... sound
Kjell Westman .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Taneli Eskola .... still photographer
Kai Honkanen .... still photographer
Heikki Katajisto .... gaffer
Mikko Mattila .... assistant gaffer
Heikki Ortamo .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Markku Lind .... colorist: MTV laboratory
Leena Palmu .... negative cutter
Jari Savola .... colorist
Raija Talvio .... assistant editor
Location Management
Timo Eränkö .... location manager
Other crew
Apollo Kemppinen .... production secretary
Raija Talvio .... script supervisor
Antero Honkanen .... thanks
Antti Hytti .... thanks
Kalevi Kannisto .... thanks
Kalervo Katajavuori .... thanks
Raiku Kemppi .... thanks
Ari Kettunen .... thanks
Jouko Lumme .... thanks
Pirjo Luoma-aho .... thanks
Eppu Normaali .... thanks
Jussi Olkinuora .... thanks
Antti Pakarinen .... thanks
Timo Rentola .... thanks
Juha Roponen .... thanks
Eero Salmenhaara .... thanks
Jaakko Talaskivi .... thanks
Jussi Tapola .... thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Rikos ja rangaistus" - Finland (original title)
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USA:93 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Antti Rahikainen:[to Eeva Laakso] I'll tell you something. The man I killed is not important. I killed a louse, and became one myself. The number of lice remained constant. Unless I was one from the very beginning - but that's not important. I wanted to kill a principle, not a man.See more »
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Version of "Crime and Punishment" (1979)See more »


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17 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
A moody, thought-provoking film, 8 September 2001
Author: Ilkka Lindström ( from Kotka, Finland

This film was a positive surprise, compared to the general style films are made these days. It follows Dostoyevsky's novel's lines in a modern environment. The people were mostly very minimalistically and unemotionally potrayed, but still their thoughts and emotions could be read from their eyes and the way they stood, moved and paced their speech. The general feel of the surroundings is very oppressive, almost if seen through the eyes of the two main characters. Simply put, the film prunes all the extras away and concentrates on the ideas behind the story.

The plot had even some surprising twists, and the ending is done so, that it made me wonder that maybe Kaurismäki has some personal experiences of such feels of guilt and isolation as the main male character. This film, even if it's done nearly 20 years ago, is more than fit to make us think about our current world, and the direction we are heading.

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