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Helsinki-Naples All Night Long (1987)

Helsinki Napoli All Night Long (original title)
Alex is Finlander married to an Italian who works as a taxi driver in Berlin. One night in his taxi come two men with a briefcase full of money. Unluckily for Alex, they are being chased by... See full summary »

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Mika Kaurismäki
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kari Väänänen ... Alex
Roberta Manfredi Roberta Manfredi ... Stella
Jean-Pierre Castaldi Jean-Pierre Castaldi ... Igor
Margi Clarke ... Mara
Nino Manfredi ... Grandpa
Mélanie Robeson Mélanie Robeson ... Lilli
Samuel Fuller ... Boss
Eddie Constantine ... Old Gangster
Sakari Kuosmanen ... Young Gangster
Harry Baer ... Man #1
Gerry Jochum Gerry Jochum ... Man #2 (as Gerd Jochum)
Katharina Thalbach ... Co-Worker
Remo Remotti Remo Remotti ... Neapolitan
Ugo Fangareggi ... Neapolitan
Carlo Hafzalla Carlo Hafzalla ... Neapolitan
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Alex is Finlander married to an Italian who works as a taxi driver in Berlin. One night in his taxi come two men with a briefcase full of money. Unluckily for Alex, they are being chased by gangsters whose money was stolen. During the shooting, they get killed, and he must get rid of their bodies. Written by Karlo "Zapi" Bosnjak

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Comedy | Thriller

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Quentin Tarantino saw this film while he was working at movie rental. Years later Tarantino and Kaurismäki were having a lunch and Quentin told to Mika that Pulp Fiction was heavily influenced by this film. See more »

Quotes

Alex: [climbing into his lorry to find the kidnappers] A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do.
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Connections

Featured in Mika Kaurismäki, elokuvaohjaaja (2015) See more »

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Berlin
Sakari Kuosmanen (as Saku Kuosmanen)
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A Worthwhile Effort by Mika Kaurismäki...
8 August 2008 | by MaitoSee all my reviews

Helsinki-Napoli All Night Long A Worthwhile Effort by Mika Kaurismäki..., 8 August 2008 Alex is a Finnish cab driver living in Berlin with his wife Stella (originally from Naples), their two kids and Stella's Father. One night two French thugs with a briefcase full of stolen money hire Alex as their driver for the whole night. Unfortunately they're being chased by gangsters whose money was stolen. A few dead bodies, kidnapping and extortion follows.

Helsinki Napoli All Night Long is the 6th feature by director Mika Kaurismäki — the brother of the somewhat famous Aki Kaurismäki— and his first of one shot entirely abroad. Most of Mika's subsequent films would be international productions that achieved moderate success, but none at the level of Aki's films.

The film is successfully scripted by Kaurismäki and Richard Reitinger (one of the writers of Wings of Desire). This is a fun, light MacGuffin chase filled with witty Kaurismäki-style dialog and a similar structure as Scorsese's After Hours. Nothing revolutionary, but thoroughly entertaining. The aesthetic feel is another strong point. Shooting at nights for budgetary reasons, gives this the look of a neo-noir.

The cast has surprisingly well-known figures. Directors Jim Jarmusch, Sam Fuller, Wim Wenders and actors Eddie Constantine (Alphaville) and Sakari Kuosmanen (The Man Without a Past) all do cameos and Italian veteran Nino Manfredi (We All Loved Each Other So Much) plays Stella's father. Kari Väänänen is a little wooden in the lead, but apart from that every actor gives a solid, charismatic, performance.

Helsinki Napoli All Night Long is, alongside Rosso, a perfect introduction to Mika Kaurismäki. It's not his best films (that would be The Worthless), but it's definitely among his better ones and due to the international aspects (the film is mostly in English, with occasional Italian) it should be accessible to foreign audiences.

If you want a fun international crime comedy and to explore Finnish directors this film will be worth checking out.


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Language:

English | German

Release Date:

13 November 1987 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Berlin, Germany See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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