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Beyond the Law (1987)

Lain ulkopuolella (original title)
On her way home from an evening shift at a men's clothing store, Saara Nevanen is raped by a man whom she recognizes as her regular but eccentric customer, Antti Kaironen. The doctor and ... See full summary »


Ville Mäkelä
2 wins. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Taneli Mäkelä Taneli Mäkelä ... Sakari Nevanen
Kari Heiskanen Kari Heiskanen ... Jari Jokela
Pirjo Luoma-aho Pirjo Luoma-aho ... Saara Nevanen
Antti Litja ... Antti Kaironen
Jouko Klemettilä Jouko Klemettilä ... Advocate M. Holmström
Leena Uotila Leena Uotila ... Mrs. Kaironen
Eila Rinne Eila Rinne ... Auli Heikura
Tauno Lehtihalmes Tauno Lehtihalmes ... Tauno Heikura
Heikki Nousiainen Heikki Nousiainen ... Doctor
Antti Virmavirta Antti Virmavirta ... Constable
Kalevi Kahra Kalevi Kahra ... Police Sergeant
Åke Lindman ... Principal
Kari Sorvali Kari Sorvali ... Jari's Work Mate
Aarno Sulkanen Aarno Sulkanen ... Police Lieutenant
Risto Tuorila Risto Tuorila ... Police Captain


On her way home from an evening shift at a men's clothing store, Saara Nevanen is raped by a man whom she recognizes as her regular but eccentric customer, Antti Kaironen. The doctor and policemen question Saara in an insensitive manner,and she breaks down with guilt. When the court releases the perpetrator inlack of evidence, Saara's aggressive brother Jari talks her mild-mannered husband Sakari into a self-made revenge plot. Armed with two rifles, Jari and Sakari take matters into their own hands. Written by Markku Kuoppamäki

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Crime | Drama | Thriller







Release Date:

30 October 1987 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Beyond the Law See more »


Box Office


FIM 3,619,177 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Ville Mäkelä wanted that the part of Antti Kaironen would be played by an actor, who no-one would regard as a rapist. That's why Mäkelä suggested Pentti Siimes to play the part due to his many comical roles. But Siimes refused and the role went to Antti Litja. See more »


Jari Jokela: Why the fuck did you do it?
Antti Kaironen: My wife... My wife is pregnant.
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Impromptu n:o 2 op 36
Written by Frédéric Chopin
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A rape is an insult
13 October 2002 | by KottarainenSee all my reviews

A lady is brutally raped by a man, who has harassed her before. She is badly treated by almost everyone; the doctor, the police..Even her brother thinks only revenge, not his sister´s feelings. Since there were no eye-witnesses and the rapists wife lied about the comings and goings of her husband, the rapist is declared as "not guilty". The lady´s brother and husband decide to take law in their own hands, but things go badly wrong.. This subject is touchy and this film clearly shows how a victim is treated almost as a whore. She and her feelings are finally forgotten and the revenge becomes the most important matter. The plot is fair, but it could have been much better. Sort of interesting, but not a very good film.

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