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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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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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Matis - pragaro didvyris  »

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Based on the life of Matti Nykänen with also fiction scenes. See more »

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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 »

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

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I Surrender
Composed and Lyrics by Russ Ballard
Performed by Rainbow
Courtesy of Universal Music Group Inc.
Under License from Bonnier Gazell Music Ab
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Comic horror tragedy based on actual events...
31 January 2006 | by See 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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