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

Quotes

Carly: Can I get you something?
Mikko: Sure, anything.
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Good directing
15 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

This is a romantic drama peppered with some music. And a bit of a thriller. It seems to me that almost all profiles of audience should find some amusement in it.

The plot is really the least original part of this movie, but I wouldn't dismiss it completely. The acting was OK and the director did a fantastic job with what he had at hand. Good control with some moments of inspiration salvage this movie and bring out the fun factor as much as the plot could permit. I wish to see more movies crafted under the direction of Pekka Mandart, aided perhaps by more fortunate scripts.




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