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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 »

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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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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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Budget:

€1,600,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Seppo Pääkkönen (who plays Matti's father) is a real-life father of Jasper Pääkkönen (who plays Matti). 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

Featured in Se on Matti - dokumentti elokuvan teosta (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Lennä Nykäsen Matti
Composed by Heikki Salo
Lyrics by Mato Valtonen and Sakke Järvenpää
Arranged by Tuomas Wäinölä, Lauri Porra and Timo Kotipelto
Performed by Timo Kotipelto
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Comic horror tragedy based on actual events...
31 January 2006 | by peeter-7See all my reviews

I paid to see a finnish movie. Something I'd never thought I'd do. I went to have an extreme experience. I never did. Instead of that I got drama, that really does stand up to better standards, comedy to which a fenno-ugrian guy like me can really relate to and horror of realization how someone can go from being the king of the hill to a public joke... The day before I had seen Munich - though rather good it's sterile compared to Matti. Maybe just because it replaces emotions with idealism. I'd recommend it to anyone who even a bit understands the finns... The last time I talked so much about a movie with mu buddies was when I first saw Raiders of the Lost Ark at the age of twelwe...


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