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Calamari Union (1985)

An exodus to a better life in Eira

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Timo Eränkö ...
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Asmo Hurula ...
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Frank Armoton (as Saku Kuosmanen)
Dave Lindholm ...
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Taksikuski (as Hannu Nurmio)
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Pertti Sveholm ...
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Pantse Syrjä ...
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Fourteen desperate men named Frank, band together to escape from a repressive section of Helsinki. An English-speaking non-Frank named Pekka joins the barroom conspirators, whose avoidance of last names, and any affect, help them outsmart overwhelming forces as they sneak through dark subway tunnels and alleys, hoping against despair to reach magical seaside Eira. The Calamari Unionists take advantage of unending night to venture their intrepid journey. Written by David Stevens

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8 February 1985 (Finland)  »

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Союз Каламари  »

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Near the end of the movie, a character says: "The mother's sure going to forgive us yet." Exactly the same dialogue line is heard in Mika Kaurismäki's film "Klaani", which premiered a few months before this one. See more »

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The Director is seen in reflection of Frank's (Sakke Järvenpää) sunglasses in "My friend got sick, can you help us" scene. See more »

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Frank: Gentlemen! I don't want to tire you and especially myself by going through those many reasons which make life completely impossible in this part of the city. We all know the circumstances forced on us in our early years: crowded homes, ignorance and hunger. Not to mention the bad air conditioning in the busses with their irregular timetables. In this part of the city there are more hills than anywhere else in the world. Loose-running kids and dogs make it impossible to move in the ...
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Symphonie no. 6 h-moll 'Pathétique' / Sinfonia nro 6 h-molli 'Pateettinen sinfonia' op. 74
Composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Performed by symphony orchestra
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The funniest film of the eighties, really!
27 September 2000 | by (Helvetti, Finland) – See all my reviews

Aki Kaurismäki´s funniest film, the funniest Finnish film, etc. Completely and utterly brilliant. You must see it. Now. Nearly all the actors are (or, were) Finnish rock musicians. The script was written on the run, during the filming. Cast character Pekka is a complete nutcase, only speaking English, lousily. "Are you talking to me?"


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