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Kaappari (2013)

Aarno Lamminparras hijacked an airplane with a gun in 1978. A true story.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aarno Lamminparras
Aake Kalliala ...
Lentokapteeni Rajapaltio
Lentoperämies Snock
Elina Keinonen ...
Maija Junno ...
Merja Larivaara ...
Hannu-Pekka Björkman ...
Juristi Marttinen
Pirjo Lonka ...
Minea Raspi
Pekka Valkeejärvi ...
Ville Myllyrinne ...
Pekka Huotari ...
Lennonjohtaja Oulussa
Tommi Liski ...
Pirjo Määttä ...
Lamminparra's wife
Miitta Sorvali ...


Aarno Lamminparras hijacked an airplane with a gun in 1978. A true story.

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Release Date:

18 January 2013 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Kaparen  »


Box Office


€1,600,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mika Karttunen was the original writer, 2nd draft by Elias Koskimies. See more »


There is a photo of a Finnair ATR 42 on the wall at the airport. The aircraft did not exist in 1978. It made its maiden flight in 1984 and Finnair received its first one in 1986. See more »


Hopeinen kuu (Guarda che luna)
Composed by Gualtiero Malgoni
Finnish lyrics by Reino Helismaa
Performed by Olavi Virta
Peermusic AB
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A very well told movie
23 April 2014 | by See all my reviews

Director Aleksi Mäkelä works real movie magic into a story that is based upon an actual event. As the story unfolds, we get to know characters that are dummied down a tiny bit for the sake of clarity in the comedy. The director grabs us with brilliant choices of images and authentic tasting nuances from the seventies. Another thing serving the viewer brilliantly is that every single cast member trusted with a bigger role has their moments where they truly shine.

The main character role, played by Kari Hietalahti is mentally in a very desperate place and it is beautiful to see Kari bring in that extra intensity a few times. Riding on his wave with much more laid back supporting roles, especially the two pilots, played by Aake Kalliala and Jussi Vatanen, plus the stewardess Elina Keinonen give us so much soul in their performances that it is simply wonderful to be in their presence.

The Hijack That Went South is an action comedy with lots of thriller elements, focusing on the main character's ups and downs. He's no winner or a hero and that's where the limitations of this movie appear to be. I can warmly recommend it and I'd estimate that you'll enjoy it the most on a day when you want to enjoy a very well told movie. And for a day when you're more looking for an adrenaline kick, pick one where the blood sprays and people die from left to right.

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