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Laugh or Die (2018)

Suomen hauskin mies (original title)
In a detention camp in 1918, a group of Finnish actors are sentenced to death. When an important German general arrives, the camp's vicious commandant forges out a cruel plan: the ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Martti Suosalo ... Toivo Parikka
Jani Volanen ... Hjalmar Kalm
Leena Pöysti Leena Pöysti ... Helen Kalm
Paavo Kinnunen Paavo Kinnunen ... Alfred Nyborg
Vesa Vierikko Vesa Vierikko ... Johansson
Jussi Lehtonen Jussi Lehtonen ... Hannula
Jussi Nikkilä ... Aulis
Tommi Eronen ... Elo
Panu Vauhkonen Panu Vauhkonen ... Rautio
Paleface Paleface ... Äimälä (as Karri Miettinen)
Rüdiger Klink Rüdiger Klink ... Von Der Goltz
Marcus Hägg Marcus Hägg ... Ramcke
Petteri Kaukoranta Petteri Kaukoranta ... Siikander
Eero Herranen Eero Herranen ... Lyhytkasvuinen vanki
Sami Ristiniemi Sami Ristiniemi ... Luutnantti Winge


In a detention camp in 1918, a group of Finnish actors are sentenced to death. When an important German general arrives, the camp's vicious commandant forges out a cruel plan: the imprisoners have to perform a comedy - and if they can make the visiting general laugh, they will be spared. A story about zest for life and power of laughter. Based on true events. Written by Inland Film Company

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Humour Is A Deadly Serious Matter


Drama | History | War


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Finland | Sweden


Finnish | German

Release Date:

16 March 2018 (Finland) See more »

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Box Office


€1,660,000 (estimated)
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Levon hetki jo lyö
Written by Johannes Brahms
Lyrics by Clemens Brentano
Finnish lyrics by Aukusti Simojoki
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A masterpiece of it's own
2 December 2018 | by villehenrikrooSee all my reviews

An absolute masterpiece if you get used to the language, I personally love the unusual language. The movie is historically accurate and depicts the absurdity of life the right way. It as everything, it's tragic, funny, thrilling,dramatic and pulls you right in, touches your soul. So many complex characters and the acting is top notch . This is one of the most underrated movies I have ever seen. For me It goes into my top 10 right next to Shawshank Redemption,Twelve Angry Men.. It has what makes movies important, it teaches or reminds you about morals and ethics, about understanding and shows you what we all have in common . Again I love it , namaste!

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