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Yön saalistajat (1984)

A small gang of criminals is planning to commit a gold heist not knowing that the new member of their gang is actually a police detective. But when his true identity is revealed to the gang... See full summary »


Visa Mäkinen


Kari Levola


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kauko Helovirta Kauko Helovirta ... Topi - police inspector
Ilmari Saarelainen Ilmari Saarelainen ... Pete Hautala, police detective
Matti Mäntylä Matti Mäntylä ... Reuna, gangster
Sari Sarmas Sari Sarmas ... Velma Angström
Seppo Kulmala Seppo Kulmala ... Boss of gangsters
Olavi Tervahartiala Olavi Tervahartiala ... Director Angström
Sirpa Taivainen Sirpa Taivainen ... Kristine, police detective
Reijo Kokko Reijo Kokko ... Luoto, police detective
Matti Ruohola Matti Ruohola ... Yrjö, gangster
Timo Kankaanpää Timo Kankaanpää ... Otto - ganster
Visa Mäkinen Visa Mäkinen ... Drunken Man
Maria Kuismin Maria Kuismin ... Woman with Drunken Man
Markku Leino Markku Leino ... Goldsmith
Raimo Mellin Raimo Mellin ... Man with Gold Suitcase
Pekka Elomaa Pekka Elomaa ... Van Driver


A small gang of criminals is planning to commit a gold heist not knowing that the new member of their gang is actually a police detective. But when his true identity is revealed to the gang they act like they wouldn't know about it and decide to use the detective to accomplish their plans about the heist. Written by Rolf Pavian

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Release Date:

5 October 1984 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Hunters of the Night See more »

Filming Locations:

Pori, Finland

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Production Co:

Tuotanto Visa Mäkinen See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Reuna's home was staged at Visa Mäkinen's garage. See more »


Pete Hautala, police detective: What is it with Reuna? Is he menstruating?
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References Pikku kakkonen (1977) See more »

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Ed Wood Jr. has met his match!
24 October 2001 | by mplauronSee all my reviews

Ed Wood's "Plan 9 From Outer Space" has been generally regarded as the worst movie ever. I agreed, until I saw Visa Mäkinen's "Yön saalistajat" (Hunters of the Night). First of all, there are no hunters, nor night, in the movie. It is a story of a gold theft and the policemen trying to catch the thieves.

There's no coherence nor logic in the story. People seem to forget what they've just said, and there are some scenes that are totally irrelevant to the plot. The dialog is horrible ("He was too good to be so bad", says the master criminal "Reuna" (The Edge) after stabbing one of his own men), and the attempted erotics is just embarrassing to watch. Acting is non-existent, so is directing and editing. Every imaginable thing that can be done wrong is done wrong in this - this - thing. It is very hard to call it a movie.

Mäkinen is probably the all-time worst director in the world, and "Yön saalistajat" probably his worst (how he ever got the money to make more than one movie is a complete mystery). It is the only non-comedy he's ever made, and that's why it is probably his (unintentionally) funniest.

If you have masochist tendencies, watch this. Probably that's why I've seen it a several times. It does help if you know Finnish, but it is not required. Sometimes I am not so sure whether being a Finn is something you should be proud of. Confessing that this movie got funding from the National Movie Fund is one of those moments.

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