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Goodbye, Mr. President (1987)
"Jäähyväiset presidentille" (original title)

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Asko Mertanen is a waiter who is very interested in shooting. He gets fed up how the things are run in Finland, so he thinks that the best way to change them is to shoot the Finnish president.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hannu Lauri ...
Asko Mertanen
Laila Räikkä ...
Eeva-Maria Kilpinen
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Esa Saario ...
Aake Kalliala ...
Markku Huhtamo ...
Markku Nieminen ...
Tarmo Manni ...
President of the Republic
Martti Pennanen ...
Ollila
Lauri Väärä ...
President's Adjutant
Rauha Puntti ...
Elsa Maijala
Pentti Järventie ...
Olavi Maijala
Esko Nikkari ...
Businessman at the Restaurant
Olavi Ahonen ...
Väinö Kuuppa
Aarre Karén ...
Older Man at the Shooting Track
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Asko Mertanen is a waiter who is very interested in shooting. He gets fed up how the things are run in Finland, so he thinks that the best way to change them is to shoot the Finnish president.

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16 January 1987 (Finland)  »

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Farväl, herr president  »

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FIM 3,395,021 (estimated)
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Urho Kekkonen, the former Finnish president, died at the same time, when the last shots of the film were taken. See more »

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Older Man at the Shooting Track: Magnum 357, the most famous handgun in the world.
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Follows Jäähyväiset lasihevoselle (1985) See more »

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Director Matti Kassila does it again.
28 February 2003 | by (Tampere, Finland) – See all my reviews

Matti Kassila, the director of another critically acclaimed thriller, "Kaasua, Komisario Palmu" (1961), is one of the few Finnish directors who have a natural eye for establishing a spine-tingling and admittably sometimes scary mood simply with carefully selected angles and a soundtrack to match.

"Jäähyväiset presidentille" tells the story of a disgruntled weapons expert who has reached a conclusion: someone has to assassinate the president, in order to make a political and ethical statement. And since no one else will, it's up to him to do it. But first he will have to take out some general public, to prepare for the main event.

What sets this movie apart from many other films that deal with the assassination of a president, is not only the fact that the president being portrayed here is not a fictitious one, but Urho Kekkonen, a brilliant politics strategist who led the country for a quarter of a century, and still remains as the most remembered, respected and admired head of state Finland has known. Also, the events take place in a country where no one has, to date, ever tried to actually assassinate the president.

It is difficult to take a natural and realistic setting, and combine it with a string of events which would be very unlikely to take place in that setting - and still make it work. This is where Kassila, however, perfectly succeeds. Hannu Lauri makes a brilliant performance as the cold-hearted, on-edge sociopath - and yet he is the opposite of the typical Hollywood-style assassin; he doesn't have a background in Secret Service or Special Forces, he seems nothing more than a regular joe from the street who gives the credit for his bitterness to the government.

This movie is the first of its kind in Finland, and has ever since been the last. Not many would have the nerve to try and pull this off in Finland and not have it seem a ridiculously unrealistic movie. But in the hands of Kassila, it seems, anything can turn into gold.

Enjoy the movie.


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