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The Hijack That Went South (2013)

Kaappari (original title)
Aarno Lamminparras hijacked an airplane with a gun in 1978. A true story.


Aleksi Mäkelä


Mika Karttunen (screenplay), Elias Koskimies (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
2 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kari Hietalahti ... Aarno Lamminparras
Aake Kalliala Aake Kalliala ... Lentokapteeni Rajapaltio
Jussi Vatanen ... Lentoperämies Snock
Elina Keinonen Elina Keinonen ... Ylppö
Maija Junno Maija Junno ... Omenainen
Merja Larivaara Merja Larivaara ... Kananen
Hannu-Pekka Björkman Hannu-Pekka Björkman ... Juristi Marttinen
Juho Milonoff Juho Milonoff ... Huopanen
Pirjo Lonka Pirjo Lonka ... Minea Raspi
Pekka Valkeejärvi Pekka Valkeejärvi ... Merivaara
Ville Myllyrinne Ville Myllyrinne ... Molander
Pekka Huotari Pekka Huotari ... Lennonjohtaja Oulussa
Tommi Liski Tommi Liski ... Karppi
Pirjo Määttä Pirjo Määttä ... Lamminparra's wife
Miitta Sorvali Miitta Sorvali ... Liikenneministeri


Aarno Lamminparras hijacked an airplane with a gun in 1978. A true story.

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Comedy | Crime | Drama


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Mika Karttunen was the original writer, 2nd draft by Elias Koskimies. See more »


There is a photo of a Finnair ATR 42 on the wall at the airport. The aircraft did not exist in 1978. It made its maiden flight in 1984 and Finnair received its first one in 1986. See more »


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A very well told movie
23 April 2014 | by QuarantaineSee all my reviews

Director Aleksi Mäkelä works real movie magic into a story that is based upon an actual event. As the story unfolds, we get to know characters that are dummied down a tiny bit for the sake of clarity in the comedy. The director grabs us with brilliant choices of images and authentic tasting nuances from the seventies. Another thing serving the viewer brilliantly is that every single cast member trusted with a bigger role has their moments where they truly shine.

The main character role, played by Kari Hietalahti is mentally in a very desperate place and it is beautiful to see Kari bring in that extra intensity a few times. Riding on his wave with much more laid back supporting roles, especially the two pilots, played by Aake Kalliala and Jussi Vatanen, plus the stewardess Elina Keinonen give us so much soul in their performances that it is simply wonderful to be in their presence.

The Hijack That Went South is an action comedy with lots of thriller elements, focusing on the main character's ups and downs. He's no winner or a hero and that's where the limitations of this movie appear to be. I can warmly recommend it and I'd estimate that you'll enjoy it the most on a day when you want to enjoy a very well told movie. And for a day when you're more looking for an adrenaline kick, pick one where the blood sprays and people die from left to right.

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Release Date:

18 January 2013 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Kaparen See more »


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EUR1,600,000 (estimated)

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Solar Films See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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