An escaped mental patient, two losers and a gay nurse go onto a roadtrip in order to find a secret gold treasure.


2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Musical | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The war between Luxembourg and Finland sets the outline to a set of comedic stories about a rally team, gay couple's fishing trip, two hoodlums' last school days in the spring and a haunted hotel among others.

Director: Matti Grönberg
Stars: Heikki Hela, Timo Kahilainen, Heikki Silvennoinen
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Pekka Karjalainen
Stars: Heikki Silvennoinen, Timo Kahilainen, Heikki Vihinen
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Uuno is called to serve the rest of his military service. His father-in-law, Director Tuura has been appointed as a defence minister but he hasn't got any interest to free Uuno from his ... See full summary »

Director: Ere Kokkonen
Stars: Vesa-Matti Loiri, Marjatta Raita, Tapio Hämäläinen
Rööperi (2009)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Professional criminals in Finland from 1966 to 1979.

Director: Aleksi Mäkelä
Stars: Samuli Edelmann, Peter Franzén, Kari Hietalahti
Action | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

On the trail of a woman, Vares finds himself caught up with underworld characters who are on the trail of hidden millions.

Director: Aleksi Mäkelä
Stars: Juha Veijonen, Laura Malmivaara, Jari Halonen
Häjyt (1999)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Häjyt tells a story of two friends who have a hard time finding their place in the society. Antti and Jussi are released from jail. While they were doing time for bank robbery, the third ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksi Mäkelä
Stars: Samuli Edelmann, Juha Veijonen, Teemu Lehtilä
Pahat pojat (2003)
Action | Biography | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The story bases on four Finnish brothers, nicknamed 'the Eura Daltons' who received nation-wide notoriety for tearing gas pumps apart when they needed cash. The cast is an impressive one: ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksi Mäkelä
Stars: Peter Franzén, Niko Saarela, Lauri Nurkse
Matti (2006)
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A ski jumper descends from winning 4 Olympic Gold Medals, to serving two years for stabbing a relative. Careers as a stripper and singer, plus five marriages, replete with allegations of ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksi Mäkelä
Stars: Jasper Pääkkönen, Elina Hietala, Juha Veijonen
Action | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The tough Detective Vares, get hired by a friend accused of murdering a girl. His job is to find the real killer, but people aren't talking. Before he can get traction another homicide takes place- and things move toward a dire conclusion.

Director: Aleksi Mäkelä
Stars: Juha Veijonen, Hannu-Pekka Björkman, Jussi Lampi
Ganes (2007)
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In early days Remu Aaltonen was young musician and his band named Hurriganes were unknown. This story is all about the Finnish rock band and how they became famous.

Director: Jukka-Pekka Siili
Stars: Eero Milonoff, Jussi Nikkilä, Olavi Uusivirta
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

A farce about blackmailing, a kidney transplant operation performed at home, deviants and human relationships.

Director: Matti Grönberg
Stars: Mikko Kivinen, Heikki Silvennoinen, Timo Kahilainen
Kummeli (1991–2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Finnish sketch show with no real plot, just filled with random sketches.

Stars: Timo Kahilainen, Olli Keskinen, Heikki Silvennoinen


Cast overview, first billed only:
Heikki Hela ...
Janne-Petteri Broman / Naamanka
Heikki Silvennoinen ...
Elmeri Hautamäki / Kyrpä-Jooseppi
Timo Kahilainen ...
Dille / Erä-Jorma
Heikki Vihinen ...
Mari Turunen ...
Jukka Puotila ...
Peter North
Vesa-Matti Loiri ...
Eugen von Lahtinen
Oiva Lohtander ...
Karl-Heinz Rummenigen
Tapio Liinoja ...
Isä Aleksei
Tuula Nyman ...
Kristiina Elstelä ...
Ritva Jalonen ...
Kalle Holmberg ...
Poliisipäällikkö Kulkunen
Vesa Vierikko ...


Psychiatric patient Elmeri knows about the existence of a gold treasure in Finnish Lapland, hidden there by his late father who somehow managed to capture it from withdrawing German troops on the last days of WW2. His openly gay nurse helps him escape from the mental institution, and the two men slowly find their way up north to reach the gold. On their way, the odd couple meets a cavalcade of even odder characters. Written by Markku Kuoppamäki

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis







| |

Release Date:

12 December 1997 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Az aranyláz  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


FIM 4,140,000 (estimated)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Peter North: My name is North, Peter North.
See more »


Spun-off from Kummeli (1991) See more »


Laulu erilaisuudesta
Written and arranged by Kummeli
Performed by Kummeli and Ritva Jalonen
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Outlandish as well as creative
5 December 2016 | by (Helsinki) – See all my reviews

I think the reason why I prefer this film over so many modern day Finnish comedies is the fact that while it contains the same kind of crude humour that relies on characters that act like exaggeratedly mentally handicapped children most of the time, the plot is bizarre enough to keep my interest. Modern Finnish comedies try to draw much of their humour from exaggerated real-life situations, whereas this is almost like an adventure film.

So what's the story? A patient of mental institution convinces a gay nurse to escort him out on a journey to Lapland in search of the treasure his father supposedly hid there after his gold-digging days. On their way they meet two men who have just been fired from a factory for reasons of incompetence so massive that it's a wonder the factory was still standing after their first shift there. They also meet the mental patient's brother, who's an Orthodox monk, get chased by the mental institution staff and police alike, crash their car in the middle of a homosexual poet Bacchanal, et cetera, et cetera. It's almost like watching Blues Brothers, or Monty Python even. Only instead of suave calmness there's drunkenness and instead of bizarre silliness there's people acting like five-year-old high school jocks.

And that's really all that can be said about it. I do like it and I enjoyed its humour, but it's definitely a small production with limited talent pool and jokes that are quite repetitive if you've watched the Kummeli show at all. Worth a watch if you like your comedies with a healthy sprinkling of unexpected.

0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Subtitles? aliakmwn
Check it out! Axu_R
Discuss Kummeli kultakuume (1997) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: