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Crime and Punishment -- An brand new cinematic adaptation of Dostoevsky’s classic novel for the new millenium, while staying true the original text to present an accurate Rodion, the most famous student killer in literature.


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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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  (in credits order)
Markku Toikka ... Antti Rahikainen
Aino Seppo ... Eeva Laakso
Esko Nikkari ... Inspector Pennanen
Olli Tuominen ... Detective Snellman
Hannu Lauri ... Department head Heinonen
Matti Pellonpää ... Nikander
Pentti Auer ... Kari Honkanen
Asmo Hurula ... Bartender
Tiina Pirhonen ... Maid
Kari Sorvali ... Sormunen
Risto Aaltonen ... Painter
Tarja Keinänen ... Mrs. Pennanen
Harri Marstio ... Singer

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 
Sound Department
Matti Kuortti .... sound
Mikael Sievers .... sound
Kjell Westman .... sound

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Also Known As:
"Rikos ja rangaistus" - Finland (original title)
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USA:93 min
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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 (1970)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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