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Helsinki Napoli All Night Long (1987)

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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Alex
Roberta Manfredi ... Stella
Jean-Pierre Castaldi ... Igor
... Mara
... Grandpa
Mélanie Robeson ... Lilli
... Boss
... Old Gangster
... Young Gangster
... Man #1
Gerry Jochum ... Man #2 (as Gerd Jochum)
... Co-Worker
Remo Remotti ... Neapolitan
Ugo Fangareggi ... Neapolitan
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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13 November 1987 (Finland)  »

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Helsinki Neapol - cala dluga noc  »

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Altogether six languages are spoken in this movie: besides English, Finnish and Italian, there are also some dialogue lines in French and Russian and a couple of German words. See more »

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Mara: Hey, Get out of here. You are ruining my business. My customers will think I am so lame, my pimp has to drive a taxi.
Alex: What's the matter with you? Are you mad about something?
Mara: You men only thinking about making babies. Is a whore supposed to have kids?
Alex: All you have to do is find yourself a pimp who can change diapers
Mara: hah!. Why don't you become my pimp. 30%. I will have a New Age pimp. Pimp who is in touch with his feelings.
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A Worthwhile Effort by Mika Kaurismäki...
8 August 2008 | by See 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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