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The Unhanged (1971)
"Hirttämättömät" (original title)

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Two outlaws, The Lonely Rider and the Indian Tonto, have caught (at least they think they have) Speedy Gonzales, a ruthless gunfighter from the town of Njietponimaistadi. They start to ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Vesa-Matti Loiri ...
Lonely Rider
Simo Salminen ...
Spede Pasanen ...
Speedy Gonzales
Pirjo Laitila ...
Margareta Smith
Evita Wager ...
Heli Lehtonen ...
Olavi Ahonen ...
Jaakko Talaskivi ...
Mies Juomapaikalla
Pentti Taivainen ...
Mies Juomapaikalla


Two outlaws, The Lonely Rider and the Indian Tonto, have caught (at least they think they have) Speedy Gonzales, a ruthless gunfighter from the town of Njietponimaistadi. They start to travel to another town for the reward, through the desert without water and fighting against Indians. And just to find out that they have made a full circle back to origin. Written by Marco Bognomini

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Western | Comedy





Release Date:

27 August 1971 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Pähkä-Länsi  »

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FIM 392,000 (estimated)

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1.66 : 1
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Almost the whole film was shot in a sandpit See more »


Tonto: Me Tonto, assistento!
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Follows Speedy Gonzales - noin 7 veljeksen poika (1970) See more »

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Best western comedy ever!
16 January 2004 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

Hirttämättömät (=Unhangables) is a Finnish western comedy with road movie elements. Lonely Rider and his (mostly) faithful sidekick Tonto try to transport so-called criminal Speedy Gonzales for hanging in hope for a hefty reward. Little do they know... after some major problems they all end up crossing a hot and long desert with their entire water supply depleted. Or has it?

The whole story relies on the three hilarious main characters but mainly on Lonely Rider (played by Vesa-Matti Loiri). His already great performance gains even funnier sides as he goes almost literally crazy with lack of water. Unlike cunning and cool Speedy or simple but calculating Tonto, Lonely Rider is so boastful, loud, greedy and plainly foolish that you just have to instantly love him. And yeah, all the worst things seem to happen to him.

If you're expecting a realistic western set, don't bother. As earlier stated, this movie was shot almost entirely on sandpits. Such a lovely place as Finland just doesn't have arid and wasted places good enough for fine looking western scenes. Never mind that. It's not the plot (or the scenes) you should think about, it's the journey itself!

This is a national treasure.

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