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The Worthless (1982)

Arvottomat (original title)
A criminal, his friend and his former girlfriend find their lives intertwining with each other.

Director:

Mika Kaurismäki

Writers:

Aki Kaurismäki (dialogue), Aki Kaurismäki (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matti Pellonpää ... Manne
Pirkko Hämäläinen Pirkko Hämäläinen ... Veera
Juuso Hirvikangas ... Harri
Esko Nikkari Esko Nikkari ... Hagström
Jorma Markkula Jorma Markkula ... Mitja
Asmo Hurula Asmo Hurula ... Väyry
Aki Kaurismäki ... Ville Alfa
Ari Piispa Ari Piispa ... Vasili
Aino Seppo Aino Seppo ... Tiina
Veikko Aaltonen Veikko Aaltonen ... Juippi
Elina Kivihalme Elina Kivihalme ... Anna-Kaarina
Pentti Lahti Pentti Lahti ... Sax Player
Pentti Auer Pentti Auer ... Boss
Aarre Karén Aarre Karén ... 1# Poolshark
Kauko Laurikainen Kauko Laurikainen ... 2# Poolshark
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Storyline

A criminal, his friend and his former girlfriend find their lives intertwining with each other.

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

15 October 1982 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Bezwartosciowi See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Quotes

Harri: [after being beaten up Manne places a loosen tooth in his car's ahtray] So you put the tooth in there.
Manne: So I did.
Harri: Odd bargaining... It is not my business at all, but...
Manne: [interrupts] Just a moment of silence to honour it, please!
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Crazy Credits

Matti Pellonpää's character's name Manne is falsely credited as Matti in the end credits. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Kestääkö siivet
Composed by Asmo Kärkkäinen
Lyrics by Asmo Kärkkäinen
Performed by The Streets
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Work of the young Geniuses
5 May 2004 | by blumenzweigSee all my reviews

As the first longer film by the Kaurismaki brothers, this film establishes the subtle, minimalistic and yet intellectual dialogue set in the unlikely backdrop of lower middle-class crime drama. The "Time rushes like a moose" -type of line said in a monotone voice is the stuff that the brothers became known for, and they use the dialogue deliciously. While the dialogue is already in place, the pace is a lot faster than in the future films - or maybe it is because of Mika's directing. But the basic Kaurismaki themes of lower middle-class honor, independence and friendship are there. Due to its faster pace (Kaurismaki films are usually criticized for being too slow), witty dialogue and certainly unusual theme of Finnish unorganized crime (outside Finland, at least), I hope that this film will be picked up by some independent film channels. This movie is actually entertaining! It really deserves wider exposure. Another point worth mentioning is the soundtrack. The movie has some Finnish rock classics from the 70's - it's definitely worth checking out if you get a chance.


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