Award-winning filmmaker Dome Karukoski brings to screen the life and work of artist Touko Valio Laaksonen (aka Tom of Finland), one of the most influential and celebrated figures of twentieth century gay culture.

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Dome Karukoski

Writers:

Aleksi Bardy (screenplay), Aleksi Bardy (story by) | 6 more credits »
2 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pekka Strang ... Tom / Touko
Seumas F. Sargent ... Doug (as Seumas Sargent)
Chris Myland Chris Myland ... Security Person
Alf Myreen Alf Myreen ... AD Artist
Fabian Puregger Fabian Puregger ... Tom's Dream Cop
Lauri Tilkanen ... Veli
Roope Karisto Roope Karisto ... Young Man
Taisto Oksanen ... Alijoki
Emanuel Claesson Emanuel Claesson ... Man in Doorway
Henri Keränen Henri Keränen ... Radio Operator / Soldier, Chorus
Jessica Grabowsky ... Kaija
Siim Maaten ... Russian Paratrooper
Leif Edlund ... Moustache Man
Niko Wirtanen Niko Wirtanen ... Bouncer at Hansa Bar
Jari Forsman Jari Forsman ... Police Officer in the Park
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Storyline

Touko Laaksonen, a decorated officer, returns home after a harrowing and heroic experience serving his country in World War II, but life in Finland during peacetime proves equally distressing. He finds peace-time Helsinki rampant with persecution of the homosexual men around him, even being pressured to marry women and have children. Touko finds refuge in his liberating art, specializing in homoerotic drawings of muscular men, free of inhibitions. His work - made famous by his signature 'Tom of Finland' - became the emblem of a generation of men and fanned the flames of a gay revolution. Written by Helsinki-filmi

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A movie of courage, love, and liberation. See more »

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Biography | Drama

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Finnish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film competition at 2018 Academy Awards. See more »

Goofs

The scene in the hospital when Tom brings Jack a bunny, the pillow is a Euro (square type not commonly used in the US) and not a standard sized one. See more »

Quotes

Tom: I'm going to draw something to publish. About life. Something that will make people happy.
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Connections

Referenced in Tähdet, tähdet: Elokuvamusiikki (2016) See more »

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A Worthy Biopic
1 August 2017 | by fahycolmSee all my reviews

"Tom of Finland" is the at times a disturbing and hilarious biopic of extraordinary, bold, brave era defining gay artist Touko Laaksonen. A sort of scatter-gun cover-all script does not detract from the essence of life that superficially and externally was seen as being something akin to "high illustration pornographer" but at its core was more about an uncompromising right to self-determination. Chapeau to the Finns who as part of their 2017 celebrations of independence, put this man's extraordinary life and this film up there with the likes of Sibelius in the country's centenary cultural repertoire. There is no denying Laaksonen's (and arguably the) talent for art and in life. Despite a sense that the writers have tried to cover too much touching on everything from Post war PTSD, AIDS, and the post war oppression of homosexuals, the director (Dome Karukoski ) has done a good job in turning a subject matter of potential distraction (the art itself) into the vehicle of a craftsmanship that deserves respect and as tool (if you'll forgive the pun) of an era impacting human rights advocacy.


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Finland | Sweden | Denmark | Germany | Iceland | USA

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Finnish | English | German

Release Date:

24 February 2017 (Finland) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,524, 15 October 2017

Gross USA:

$381,610

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,792,414
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2.35 : 1
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