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Mikko, an exchange student from Finland, arrives in Kansas City. He is expecting to spend a year in the centre of the big city but the plans have already changed. He has a new host family, ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mikko Vihavainen
Melissa Galianos ...
Carly Malone
Susan Almgren ...
Bonnie Bruckner (as Susie Almgren)
Daniel Pilon ...
Jack Bruckner
Charlie Bruckner (as Kristen Holdenreid)
Billy Ossining
Karine Dion ...
Karen Olsen
Shawn Potter ...
Floyd Weaver
Lisa Bronwyn Moore ...
Minor Mustain ...
Sheriff Creed
Belinda Hum ...
Chip Chuipka ...
Alex Taggert


Mikko, an exchange student from Finland, arrives in Kansas City. He is expecting to spend a year in the centre of the big city but the plans have already changed. He has a new host family, who live on a farm far outside the city. The life in the countryside becomes much more exciting when he gets to know the sheriff's daughter and falls in love. Too bad that the father doesn't allow it. When the harmless trip to the out-of-town bar goes terribly wrong, Mikko has to face a very serious reality. The concealed hatred between certain characters doesn't make the situation any easier. Written by T.J.A.

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31 July 1998 (Finland)  »

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Going Back to Kansas City  »

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FIM 14,278,968 (estimated)

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Kari Sohlberg was attached to work as an cinematographer. See more »


Carly: Can I get you something?
Mikko: Sure, anything.
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Referenced in A-studio: Episode dated 11 January 2010 (2010) See more »

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18 December 2004 | by (Helsinki, Finland) – See all my reviews

Wow, this wasn't good. The script is pretty much forgettable with some painfully ridiculous moments. Not to mention the dialog. In fact, this is the most cliché "American" film I've ever seen coming from a European director. I just don't understand why the director would want to make a film like this. American farm life, gun laws, the type of xenophobia the film deals with - not issues that a Finnish director should be concerned with, in my opinion. The universal motives are there, but don't stand a chance to salvage this mess of a script. Thanks to some fine acting by Ironside and a select few others, it's not a total waste of time. Almost, though. I'm not ready to write off the director based on this, but I surely won't be standing in line when his next film premiers.

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