6.5/10
278
2 user

Jäähyväiset presidentille (1987)

Asko Mertanen is a waiter who is very interested in shooting. He gets fed up how the things are run in Finland, so he thinks that the best way to change them is to shoot the Finnish president.

Director:

Matti Kassila
Reviews
1 win. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

The 21st-century tale centers on taciturn detective Lipton Cockton as he looks into a series of murders involving exploding victims.

Director: Jari Halonen
Stars: Jorma Tommila, Tarja-Tuulikki Tarsala, Hannu Huuska
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A film group is making a movie in a small village. The story is based on true events that has happened in the the same village a few decades ago. A dis-liked writer Pentti Töysä arrives in ... See full summary »

Director: Matti Kassila
Stars: Esko Salminen, Hannele Lauri, Satu Silvo
Comedy | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A closed room mystery begins when an infamous tycoon is found dead in his bath tub. The famous police lieutenant Palmu is summoned to investigate.

Director: Matti Kassila
Stars: Joel Rinne, Elina Pohjanpää, Matti Ranin
The Paleface (1922)
Short | Comedy | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Buster helps a Native American tribe save their land from greedy oil barons.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton
Stars: Buster Keaton, Virginia Fox, Joe Roberts
Jättiläinen (2016)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Fictionalized story about the founding of the ill-fated Finnish mining company Talvivaara.

Director: Aleksi Salmenperä
Stars: Joonas Saartamo, Jani Volanen, Peter Franzén
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

This film is the second silver screen adaption of the Finnish war book by Väinö Linna with the same name as the film. The story is based on Linna's experiences as an infantry man in the ... See full summary »

Director: Rauni Mollberg
Stars: Risto Tuorila, Pirkka-Pekka Petelius, Paavo Liski
Tokasikajuttu (2017)
Documentary | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A sequel to the acclaimed documentary The Punk Syndrome (2012).

Directors: Jukka Kärkkäinen, Jani-Petteri Passi
Stars: Kari Aalto, Sami Helle, Pertti Kurikka
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A newly wed woman goes to the local shaman to get some help with her lovelife, but instead gets turned into a white reindeer vampire.

Director: Erik Blomberg
Stars: Mirjami Kuosmanen, Kalervo Nissilä, Åke Lindman
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Young advertising executive Vatanen suddenly quits his job and his whole life in Helsinki, and decides to spend a while in the Finnish wilderness. A wounded hare hit by a car becomes his ... See full summary »

Director: Risto Jarva
Stars: Antti Litja, Kauko Helovirta, Markku Huhtamo
Comedy | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A female fashion model Anni Stark (played by Tiina Björkman) takes leave from the fashion business and goes to Finland's Lappland (a wilderness region in Northern Finland, better known as ... See full summary »

Director: Olli Soinio
Stars: Tiina Björkman, Kari Sorvali, Kim Gunell
The Boys (1962)
Comedy | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A group of mischievous Finnish boys experience the ups and downs of life during World War 2.

Director: Mikko Niskanen
Stars: Pentti Tarkiainen, Vesa-Matti Loiri, Uti Saurio
The Goat (1921)
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A series of adventures begins when an accident during photographing causes Buster to be mistaken for Dead Shot Dan, the evil badguy.

Directors: Buster Keaton, Malcolm St. Clair
Stars: Buster Keaton, Virginia Fox, Joe Roberts
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Hannu Lauri Hannu Lauri ... Asko Mertanen
Laila Räikkä Laila Räikkä ... Eeva-Maria Kilpinen
Antti Litja ... Detective Sergeant Hanhivaara
Esa Saario Esa Saario ... Detective Lieutenant Kairamo
Aake Kalliala Aake Kalliala ... Detective Siika
Markku Huhtamo Markku Huhtamo ... Detective Huhtanen
Markku Nieminen Markku Nieminen ... Detective Rimpiaho
Tarmo Manni ... President of the Republic
Martti Pennanen Martti Pennanen ... Ollila
Lauri Väärä Lauri Väärä ... President's Adjutant
Rauha Puntti Rauha Puntti ... Elsa Maijala
Pentti Järventie Pentti Järventie ... Olavi Maijala
Esko Nikkari Esko Nikkari ... Businessman at the Restaurant
Olavi Ahonen Olavi Ahonen ... Väinö Kuuppa
Aarre Karén Aarre Karén ... Older Man at the Shooting Track
Edit

Storyline

Asko Mertanen is a waiter who is very interested in shooting. He gets fed up how the things are run in Finland, so he thinks that the best way to change them is to shoot the Finnish president.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Thriller

Edit

Details

Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

16 January 1987 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Farväl, herr president See more »

Filming Locations:

Helsinki, Finland See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

FIM 3,395,021 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Skandia Filmi See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Urho Kekkonen, the former Finnish president, died at the same time, when the last shots of the film were taken. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Older Man at the Shooting Track: Magnum 357, the most famous handgun in the world.
See more »

Connections

Follows Jäähyväiset lasihevoselle (1985) See more »

Soundtracks

Rock Around the Clock
Written by James E. Myers and Max Freedman
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Director Matti Kassila does it again.
28 February 2003 | by TsingiskaSee all my reviews

Matti Kassila, the director of another critically acclaimed thriller, "Kaasua, Komisario Palmu" (1961), is one of the few Finnish directors who have a natural eye for establishing a spine-tingling and admittably sometimes scary mood simply with carefully selected angles and a soundtrack to match.

"Jäähyväiset presidentille" tells the story of a disgruntled weapons expert who has reached a conclusion: someone has to assassinate the president, in order to make a political and ethical statement. And since no one else will, it's up to him to do it. But first he will have to take out some general public, to prepare for the main event.

What sets this movie apart from many other films that deal with the assassination of a president, is not only the fact that the president being portrayed here is not a fictitious one, but Urho Kekkonen, a brilliant politics strategist who led the country for a quarter of a century, and still remains as the most remembered, respected and admired head of state Finland has known. Also, the events take place in a country where no one has, to date, ever tried to actually assassinate the president.

It is difficult to take a natural and realistic setting, and combine it with a string of events which would be very unlikely to take place in that setting - and still make it work. This is where Kassila, however, perfectly succeeds. Hannu Lauri makes a brilliant performance as the cold-hearted, on-edge sociopath - and yet he is the opposite of the typical Hollywood-style assassin; he doesn't have a background in Secret Service or Special Forces, he seems nothing more than a regular joe from the street who gives the credit for his bitterness to the government.

This movie is the first of its kind in Finland, and has ever since been the last. Not many would have the nerve to try and pull this off in Finland and not have it seem a ridiculously unrealistic movie. But in the hands of Kassila, it seems, anything can turn into gold.

Enjoy the movie.


5 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 2 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed