The Tough Ones (1999)
"Häjyt" (original title)

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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 »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jussi Murikka
Juha Veijonen ...
Antti Karhu
Teemu Lehtilä ...
Heikki Grönberg
Kalevi Haapoja ...
Isoisä Karhu
Arttu Kapulainen ...
Roope Karhu
Sari Havas ...
Stig Nenonen
Pia Latomäki ...
Kari Väänänen ...
Vesa Mäkelä ...
Oiva Lohtander ...
Jussi Lampi ...
Katariina Kaitue ...
Heikki Hela ...
Risto Salmi ...


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 man involved in the robbery, the one who was not convicted, has become a policeman. He tries to help his friends to settle into the small town in Pohjanmaa, but the boys start a black market liquor business instead. The road seems to lead back to the jail. Written by T.J.A.

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Three young men rob a bank. Only two of them are caught. What will happen when they return to their home town?


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Release Date:

15 January 1999 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

A kemény fiú  »

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FIM 6,000,000 (estimated)


FIM 5,500,000 (Finland) (5 February 1999)

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2.35 : 1
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Actors Samuli Edelman, Teemu Lehtilä, Juha Veijonen and the producer, Markus Selin, promised to stop smoking if the film was seen by 200,000 viewers in Finland. That number was reached on February 15th, 1999. See more »


Featured in Onko Che mun isä? (2003) See more »


Mun aika mennä on
Music by Mika Toivanen
Lyrics by Jorma Toiviainen
Performed by Rami Välimäki & Emile
Courtesy of MTV-Musiikki
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Top in my favorite-movies-ever list. A touching movie.
20 December 2005 | by (Buenos Aires, Argentina) – See all my reviews

"The tough ones" was the last one of a series of Finnish movies shown in some sort of festival arranged by the Finnish embassy in Argentina. These kinds of movies are unfortunately not so common here, but I was quite amazed by this festival, and this movie in particular. "The tough ones" has climbed in my favorite-movies-ever list to the top position. For some strange reason I feel identified with this movie. I won't tell anything here about the plot. The music and photography fit the story beautifully. Although there are a few violent scenes, I don't find it to be a violent movie (beware: many people *will* probably say it's a violent movie). The director managed perfectly to get you involved in the story and take to the "tought ones", and feel what they feel, their happiness and their sorrow. It was the first (and so far only) time that I left the cinema and really wanted to go in and watch it again. I wish more Finnish movies reached my country!

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