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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Timo Eränkö ...
Frank
Kari Heiskanen ...
Frank
Asmo Hurula ...
Frank
Sakke Järvenpää ...
Frank
Sakari Kuosmanen ...
Frank Armoton (as Saku Kuosmanen)
Dave Lindholm ...
Homeless man
Mikko Mattila ...
Frank
Pate Mustajärvi ...
Frank
Tuomari Nurmio ...
Taxi driver / bum (as Hannu Nurmio)
Pirkka-Pekka Petelius ...
Frank
Matti Pellonpää ...
Frank
Pertti Sveholm ...
Frank
Martti Syrjä ...
Frank
Pantse Syrjä ...
Frank
Markku Toikka ...
Pekka
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Fourteen desperate men named Frank, band together to escape from a repressive section of Helsinki. An English-speaking non-Frank named Pekka joins the barroom conspirators, whose avoidance of last names, and any affect, help them outsmart overwhelming forces as they sneak through dark subway tunnels and alleys, hoping against despair to reach magical seaside Eira. The Calamari Unionists take advantage of unending night to venture their intrepid journey. Written by David Stevens

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'Aki Kaurismaki' said in an interview that this is the only film he has made where he either was drunk or had a serious hangover while shooting. See more »

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In the art museum, both the camera and boom operators are reflected in the glass on the paintings. See more »

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[first lines]
Frank: Gentlemen! I don't want to tire you and especially myself by going through those many reasons which make life completely impossible in this part of the city. We all know the circumstances forced on us in our early years: crowded homes, ignorance and hunger. Not to mention the bad air conditioning in the busses with their irregular timetables. In this part of the city there are more hills than anywhere else in the world. Loose-running kids and dogs make it impossible to move in the ...
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Stand by my
Performed by Some Franks
Written by Ben E. King
Composed by Ben E. King
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The funniest film of the eighties, really!
27 September 2000 | by (Helvetti, Finland) – See all my reviews

Aki Kaurismäki´s funniest film, the funniest Finnish film, etc. Completely and utterly brilliant. You must see it. Now. Nearly all the actors are (or, were) Finnish rock musicians. The script was written on the run, during the filming. Cast character Pekka is a complete nutcase, only speaking English, lousily. "Are you talking to me?"


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