The true story of Olli Mäki, the famous Finnish boxer who had a shot at the 1962 World Featherweight title.

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Juho Kuosmanen
13 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jarkko Lahti ... Olli Mäki
Oona Airola ... Raija Jänkä
Eero Milonoff ... Elis Ask
Joanna Haartti ... Laila Ask
Esko Barquero Esko Barquero ... Snadi
Elma Milonoff Elma Milonoff ... Evi
Leimu Leisti Leimu Leisti ... Tuula
Hilma Milonoff Hilma Milonoff ... Anneli
Olli Rahkonen Olli Rahkonen ... Nyrkkeilijä
Joonas Saartamo ... Nyrkkeilijä
Henrik Palosaari Henrik Palosaari ... Nyrkkeilijä
Sam-Peter Hirvikangas Sam-Peter Hirvikangas ... Nyrkkeilijä
Antti Naakka Antti Naakka ... Nyrkkeilijä
Niklas Hyvärinen Niklas Hyvärinen ... Nyrkkeilijä
Sauli Helenius Sauli Helenius ... Kulmamies
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The true story of Olli Mäki, the famous Finnish boxer who had a shot at the 1962 World Featherweight title. Immensely talented and equally modest, Olli's small town life is transformed when he is swept into national stardom and suddenly regarded as a symbol of his country. There's only one problem: Olli has just fallen in love. Inside of the ring, it's Finland vs. the USA, but outside, boxing and romance become unlikely adversaries vying for Olli's attention. This charming feature debut from Juho Kuosmanen was awarded the Un Certain Regard Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

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boxer | in love | love | boxing | training | See All (95) »

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As fiercely talented as he is modest, Finnish boxer Olli Mäki is swept into national stardom as he trains for a once-in-a-lifetime fight against the World Featherweight Champion. There's only one problem: he's just fallen in love.


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Trivia

Official submission of Finland for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 89th Academy Awards in 2017. See more »

Goofs

The film is set in 1962, but Elis Ask is driving a 1964 Rambler Classic. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Dinosaur (2021) See more »

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Angelo
Written by Miika Snåre
Lyrics by Laura Airola
Arranged by Ykspihlajan Kino-orkesteri
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Must See Finnish Film! It's hard not to be amazed by it!
19 February 2018 | by vg40See all my reviews

Very, very good film. An unusual one with the boxing theme. Must see it. It will stay for you long after it has ended. 1962, black and White, Finnish movie. Amazing.


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Country:

Finland | Sweden | Germany

Language:

Finnish | English

Release Date:

2 September 2016 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Maki See more »

Filming Locations:

Vartiosaari, Helsinki, Finland See more »

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Budget:

EUR1,200,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$562,537
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (SRD)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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