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Private Eye Vares (2004)

Vares - yksityisetsivä (original title)
On the trail of a woman, Vares finds himself caught up with underworld characters who are on the trail of hidden millions.


Aleksi Mäkelä


Pekka Lehtosaari, Reijo Mäki (novel)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Juha Veijonen Juha Veijonen ... Jussi Valtteri Vares
Laura Malmivaara ... Eeva Sunila
Jari Halonen Jari Halonen ... Karl E. Miesmann
Markku Peltola ... Luusalmi
Jorma Tommila ... Antero Kraft
Minna Turunen Minna Turunen ... Ifigenia Multanen
Samuli Edelmann ... Mikko Koitere
Pekka Valkeejärvi Pekka Valkeejärvi ... Jari 'Hillosilmä' Munck
Kari Hietalahti ... Tetsuo Sinkkonen
Jasper Pääkkönen ... Jarmo
Santeri Kinnunen Santeri Kinnunen ... Touko Reiman
Heli Sutela ... Liisa, Eevan ystävä
Georges Copeloussis Georges Copeloussis ... Gennadi Antipov
Mihail Jegorenkov Mihail Jegorenkov ... Sergei
Viktor Drevitsky Viktor Drevitsky ... Juri (as Viktor Drevitski)


On the trail of a woman, Vares finds himself caught up with underworld characters who are on the trail of hidden millions.

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That summer a girl ran with death on her heels - and it rained more than ever...


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The villains name "Karl" can be translated from Swedish to English as "man"; "Mies" is man in Finnish and "Mann" in German. See more »


Mikko Koitere: Why aren't we moving? Are we gonna stay here?
Pirre, Koitereen vaimo: Stop it.
Mikko Koitere: Stop what?
Pirre, Koitereen vaimo: That.
Mikko Koitere: What 'that'? Don't take that doggyface now. What do I have to stop? Speak Finnish! What do I have to stop?
Pirre, Koitereen vaimo: Don't do this, I don't want to talk when Jaakko is here, we'll talk later...
Mikko Koitere: Hey, if we're not moving we're gonna talk. Don't take that doggyface!
Pirre, Koitereen vaimo: Don't get pissed!
Mikko Koitere: I'm not getting pissed, I'm talking very calmly, I'm asking what's wrong with you. And what do I have to stop? What do I have to stop? What? What what what what? ...
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References Pulp Fiction (1994) See more »


Öiden kruunu
Music by Toni Wirtanen
Lyrics by Irina
Performed by Irina
Courtesy of Oy EMI Finland Ab
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Pretty crappy
18 July 2005 | by SPaSSee all my reviews

This film insists on hooking into everything that is wrong with Finnish cinema today and dragging them behind. It would really be easier to tell what they happened to get right with this movie

editing and cinematography a total of 1 joke(s). Has to do with an 'adult' chocolate candy. And that's it

Does film school make you stupid? When there are like dozens or a hundred people working weeks and months on a rather big project, doesn't anyone, I mean ANYONE of them see that something is horribly wrong? Who the heck greenlighted that... that "script" in the first place!? Worthy a razzle, and on top of that the acting is so-so, 90% of the characters are stupid (stolen from better American films) and so on. A movie about a private eye that lacks suspense and especially ACTION. Not sure if there was a point though, cause I had a hard time sitting it through as it was, let alone start THINKING about it.

Mr. Selin, Mr Mäkelä - stick to dramas if you don't once in a blue moon dare to try some SERIOUS man-to-men-combats, gunplay, explosions, car chases, wrestling with sharks and avalanches. I understand that to you they must be "subversive over-commercial and over-used Hollywood double cheese" because you try hard to be a "serious film-maker in the best traditions of the man-oriented intelligent high-brow European cinema" but hey, look who's making box office? Hint: financially back up those guys who made the straight-to-DVD "Ukkonen" a few years back. Minus the idiot director of course. See what happens. Here's a suggestion for the title and a tagline

ONE MILLION SQUIBS "Plot? What plot?"

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Release Date:

23 July 2004 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Private Eye - Ein tödlicher Auftrag See more »

Filming Locations:

Helsinki, Finland See more »


Box Office


EUR1,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Solar Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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