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A Shot in the Factory (1973)

Laukaus tehtaalla (original title)
The events surrounding a factory in a small town are gone through in documentary style.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Urpo Poikolainen ...
Metallimies Henriksson
Aarne Hakulinen ...
Insinööri, varatoimitusjohtaja Tauno Pylvänäinen
Pentti Viljakainen ...
Pääluottamusmies Ensio Vuori
Artturi Haikonen ...
Metallimies Oskari Niemi
Erkki Helo ...
Vuorineuvos Gustaf Ingman
Raimo Ahrenberg ...
Insinööri Raimo Alakurtti
Esko Valonen ...
Insinööri - johtaja Nordberg
Arvo Hursti ...
Vanha metallimies
Pauli Virtanen ...
Toimitsija Kuitunen
Eino Ali-Kovero ...
Ahti Setälä ...
Seija Mikkonen ...
Alakurtin vaimo
Jarmo Snäll ...
Nuori metallimies
Pentti Pykälä-Aho ...
Seija Saarikuru ...
Airi Pylvänäinen


In the beginning of this film we see an elderly man cycling to his workplace, a factory in a small town, but not for work. Instead, he walks determinedly to the manager's room, takes a sawn-off shotgun from under his coat and kills his boss. The events that led to this desperate action are then gone through in documentary style: the company's decision to close down an entire department of the factory, the unsuccessful negotiations between the staff and the management and the final denouncement of over 30 workers, most of whom find themselves unable to find new work anywhere else. Written by Anonymous

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Raju kertomus työn ja pääoman ristiriidasta (Fierce story about the conflict of labour and capital)




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2 March 1973 (Finland)  »

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One of the Finnish working class films made during the 1970s when the energy crisis at the time caused unemployment and many companies went bankrupt. Other Finnish films from that era include "Yhden miehen sota (1973)", "Jouluksi kotiin (1975)", and "Kahdeksan surmanluotia (1972)" for television. See more »

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Nothing new in terms of story, but the presentation's style makes it a little different
15 February 2014 | by (São Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

"A Shot in the Factory" chronicles the events that led to the film's opening moments when a desperate working man shot and killed a factory's boss. With a documentary style, the director observes the downfall of a great factory that merged to another big one, failed to generate profits to their owners and that culminated on the cut of a whole department, later on dismissing groups of simple workers in this rural community whose only work available was there. From there, reunions are settled but nothing is achieved, strikes are made and the rest leads all to the initial tragic event.

The verité style was interesting, nicely done with many frozen film stills - and some documentary images, I think - conducting everything like a real story that develops before the viewer. Though the concept was great and the story goes right for the most part, I haven't felt much need for this film to exist. If the idea was only to present a real look many workers face during their lives and how strikes and groups are assembled amidst internal crisis then I've seen better stories (like "They Don't Wear Black-Tie" and "The Working Class Goes to Heaven", for example). And this would be more relevant if the director used of an extra hour to give us the aftermath of the opening shooting. And anyone could predict that a former employee would kill the guy who fired him. Doesn't create much suspense but manages to be a good social drama with the very few it has to offer, supported by a effective cast. 7/10

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