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Matti: Hell Is for Heroes (2006)

Matti (original title)
A ski jumper descends from winning 4 Olympic Gold Medals, to serving two years for stabbing a relative. Careers as a stripper and singer, plus five marriages, replete with allegations of ... See full summary »

Director:

Aleksi Mäkelä

Writer:

Marko Leino
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jasper Pääkkönen ... Matti
Elina Hietala Elina Hietala ... Taina
Juha Veijonen Juha Veijonen ... Maisteri
Peter Franzén ... Nick Nevada
Elina Knihtilä Elina Knihtilä ... Mirva
Kari Hietalahti ... Hammer
Jope Ruonansuu Jope Ruonansuu ... Oksanen
Jani Volanen ... Nipa
Jussi Lampi Jussi Lampi ... Jorma Tapio
Toni Wahlström Toni Wahlström ... Ylianttila
Matias Hangasmaa Matias Hangasmaa ... Antti
Seppo Pääkkönen Seppo Pääkkönen ... Matin isä
Maija Junno Maija Junno ... Matin äiti
Matti Onnismaa Matti Onnismaa ... Salmela
Jarmo Perälä Jarmo Perälä ... Mauri
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Storyline

A ski jumper descends from winning 4 Olympic Gold Medals, to serving two years for stabbing a relative. Careers as a stripper and singer, plus five marriages, replete with allegations of domestic violence are fictionalized sympathetically in this dramedy. Alleged exploitation/manipulation of Matti, due to his naivety and gullibility, along with deterioration of his skiing ability due to heavy drinking and bad decisions is emphasized. Many Matti malapropisms a la Yogi Berra, attributed to the Finnish skiing legend, are employed as biopic comic dialogue. Written by David Stevens

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Life is the best time for a man.


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Details

Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

13 January 2006 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Matis - pragaro didvyris See more »

Filming Locations:

Hanko, Finland See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR1,600,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,359,099
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(VHS)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In the documentary of the film it is revealed that Jasper Pääkkönen performed the bridge jump himself because there was not enough money to hire a stuntman. See more »

Goofs

When Matti is entering his gold medal party in City Hall of Jyvaskyla, visible in the background is a bridge over lake Jyvasjarvi. This bridge was built much later. See more »

Quotes

Maisteri: Who are you?
Matti: Ski jumper.
Maisteri: Who will you be after ten years?
Matti: Former ski jumper.
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Connections

Referenced in Mannerheim kuulee (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

V-tyyli
Composed and Arranged by O. Heater
Lyrics by Guzetti
Performed by Matti Nykänen
Courtesy of Viihdesallap Oy
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Matti stories
13 February 2006 | by jpkwolfSee all my reviews

Matti tells partly a fictional story of the Finnish skijumping legend Matti Nykänen who is nowadays only the topic of scandal newspapers. The movie makes you laugh but also feel sorry for Matti who is only a tool for other people who use him to gain money and success. People get Matti into all kinds of trouble because he is so gullible. This might not be the real truth but that's how the movie portrays Matti's life. I have never liked Matti Nykänen because the news of him having a drunken fight is boring and he is stupid and narrow minded as a person but the movie actually makes you feel some sympathy towards him. Jasper Pääkkönen does a fine job as Matti but nothing worthy of huge praise. Other actors do a better job but their roles are easier. I find myself enjoying the new wave of Finnish cinema and Matti is certainly better than the Finnish movies where sex and nude women are the only method to get viewers.


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