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Zombie and the Ghost Train (1991)

Zombie ja Kummitusjuna (original title)
Antti "Zombie" Autiomaa does two things well: play the bass guitar and drink. After several months' sleeping on the streets of Istanbul, he returns to Helsinki where he's called into the ... See full summary »

Director:

Mika Kaurismäki

Writers:

Sakke Järvenpää (story), Mika Kaurismäki (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Silu Seppälä ... Zombie
Marjo Leinonen Marjo Leinonen ... Marjo
Matti Pellonpää ... Harri
Vieno Saaristo Vieno Saaristo ... Äiti
Juhani Niemelä Juhani Niemelä ... Isä
Sakke Järvenpää ... Mulefukker
Mato Valtonen ... Mulefukker
Mauri Sumén Mauri Sumén ... Mulefukker
Jyri Närvänen Jyri Närvänen ... Mulefukker
Jarmo Haapanen Jarmo Haapanen ... Mulefukker (as Jami Haapanen)
Jussi Rinne Jussi Rinne ... Kummitusjuna
Matti Viholainen Matti Viholainen ... Kummitusjuna (as Vinski Viholainen)
Roger Nieminen Roger Nieminen ... Kummitusjuna
Marko Äijö Marko Äijö ... Parturi (as Marko Rauhala)
Kauko Laurikainen Kauko Laurikainen ... Lääkäri
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Storyline

Antti "Zombie" Autiomaa does two things well: play the bass guitar and drink. After several months' sleeping on the streets of Istanbul, he returns to Helsinki where he's called into the army but discharged on mental health grounds after adding turpentine to the officers' soup. Zombie lives bleary-eyed in an apartment off his parents' house where his lonely, unemployed father suffers from heart disease. His girl-friend Marjo has taken up with a hairdresser but comes back to Zombie. His friend Harri hires him as a roadie for his band "Harry and the Mulefukkers" then gives him a chance as a bass player. He has his girl and he has a gig, but can Zombie put the bottle down? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Music

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Details

Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish | English | Turkish

Release Date:

26 July 1991 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Zombie and the Ghost Train See more »

Filming Locations:

Helsinki, Finland See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The story of Zombie is based on the life of Sleepy Sleepers roadie and musician Pulu. Leading actor Silu Seppälä was his friend and is an musician too, so the movie has some aspects of Seppälä's life too. See more »

Quotes

Harri: [Zombie leaves taxi] Zombie!
Zombie: [Shakes head without saying anything]
Harri: [in english to the taxi driver] Let's go. He's never coming back.
[Solitude by Black Sabbath begins to play]
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Connections

Featured in Bohemian Eyes (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

KUIHTUU KESÄINEN MAA
(Rauli Somerjoki (as Somerjoki) - Jukka Ollila (as Ollila) - Pirkko-Liisa Vakkuri (as Vakkuri))
Rauli Badding
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dismal life
14 June 2013 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Mika Kaurismäki's "Zombie ja Kummitusjuna" ("Zombie and the Ghost Train" in English) is the first movie that I've seen by either of the Kaurismäki brothers. I understand that the brothers make a lot of movies about people whose lives suck. If so, then this movie is familiar territory. The main character is a guy who's really into music, but has no ambition otherwise. He spends a lot of time drifting and living on the streets of Istanbul. Maybe the whole point of the movie is to present the antithesis of what Scandinavia (presumably including Finland) is supposed to be: the region is viewed as pristine and having the world's highest quality of life, but the Kaurismäki brothers portray it as a s---hole.

Don't get me wrong. I thought that it was a good movie. Just understand that it's a REAL downer. Still worth seeing, though.

PS: The Kaurismäki brothers are friends of Jim Jarmusch, and so some of the cast members from their movies starred in the Helsinki segment of Jarmusch's "Night on Earth".


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