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The Swan and the Wanderer (1999)

Kulkuri ja joutsen (original title)
The film tells the story of two very popular Finnish singer/songwriters: Tapio Rautavaara (Tapio Liinoja) and Repe Helismaa (Martti Suosalo), who worked together until their relationship ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tapio Liinoja ...
Tapio Rautavaara
Martti Suosalo ...
Reino Helismaa
Heikki Nousiainen ...
Esa Pakarinen
Anna Haaranen ...
Lempi Helismaa
Heidi Herala ...
Liisa Rautavaara
Ari Wirta ...
Masa Niemi
Pertti Koivula ...
Kauko Toivonen
Aulis Rosendahl ...
Aatos Mähönen
Maisteri Särkkä
Matti Mäntylä ...
Raimo Grönberg ...
Olavi Virta
Ilkka Koivula ...
Jorma Ikävalko
Kai Lehtinen ...
Lj. Liimatainen
Ritva Kanerva ...
Rautavaara's mother
Tuija Piepponen ...
Siiri Angerkoski


The film tells the story of two very popular Finnish singer/songwriters: Tapio Rautavaara (Tapio Liinoja) and Repe Helismaa (Martti Suosalo), who worked together until their relationship got frictious for a long time. The film covers the years from 1949 to 1965 (Helismaa's death). Since the film is based on real-life persons it also tells much about the change in Finland during those years and of course much about Finnish popular music. Written by T.J.A.

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19 February 1999 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

El vagabundo y el cisne  »

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FIM 4,831,427 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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When Rautavaara, Helismaa & co enter the hardware store in the beginning of the film, a modern style light switch and electric cabling can be briefly seen on a wall of the shop vestibule. See more »


References Rovaniemen markkinoilla (1951) See more »


Menen enkä meinaa
Written by Tapio Rautavaara
Arranged by Jaakko Salo
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Touring with the Finnish legends

This story takes place in Finland during 1949-1965.It tells about singer-songwriters Tapio Rautavaara and Repe Helismaa.And sure Esa Pakarinen has some role in the story, too.Kulkuri ja Joutsen (1999) is directed by Timo Koivusalo.This was his debut as a director, and before this he was mainly known as the comical character Pekko Aikamiespoika.Like the Rillumarei movies, also his movies have lacked the critical success.There are some really good actors in this movie.Tapio Liinoja plays Tapio Rautavaara while Martti Suosalo is Reino Helismaa.Heikki Nousiainen is Esa Pakarinen.Pertti Koivula plays the part of Kauko Toivonen.Anna Haarala is Repe's wife Lempi.Heidi Herala plays Tapsa's wife Liisa.Her mother Marja Korhonen plays Kreeta of Kallo.This is he last movie the ailing actress has done.Martti Katajisto gives his last performance as T.J. Särkkä.Ari Wirta plays Masa Niemi.Matti Mäntylä is Toivo Kärki.Raimo Grönberg plays Olavi Virta.Ilkka Koivula portrays Jorma Ikävalko.Tuija Piepponen is Siiri Angerkoski.Kai Lehtinen is Lj Liimatainen.Esko Nikkari is Veikko.Maritta Viitamäki is Mimmi.Juha Laitila plays Teukka.Taneli Rinne is Civil Servant.Kalevi Haapoja is Constable.Aarre Karén is Doctor.Risto Salmi is Ironmonger.Antti Majanlahti and Mika Nuojua are soldiers.Kalle Wallin is seen as Lasse Pöysti.The movie won a Jussi award for Best Actor (Martti Suosalo), and a well deserved one.It tells the story of these Finnish legends truthfully.You find it most amusing how Repe makes those unbelievable rhymes.And it's touching when Esa finds his friend Masa lying dead on the bed.Watch this movie if you want to learn something about Finnish cultural history.

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