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The Christmas Party (1996)

Joulubileet (original title)
Mike is getting out of prison after serving four years for a bank robbery. Bona is arranging the party of all parties for him: a Christmas party.

Director:

Jari Halonen

Writer:

Jari Halonen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jorma Tommila ... Bona Merenkylä
Antti Reini Antti Reini ... Mike Merenkylä
Rauno Juvonen ... Joukka
Oiva Lohtander Oiva Lohtander ... Hämäläinen
Sari Havas Sari Havas ... Lea - Bonan vaimo
Jari Halonen Jari Halonen ... Naapuri Dahlgren
Maija-Liisa Peuhu Maija-Liisa Peuhu ... Alakerran naapuri
Jukka Kärkkäinen Jukka Kärkkäinen ... Hessu - alakerran naapuri
Iris-Lilja Lassila Iris-Lilja Lassila ... Yläkerran yksinäinen nainen
Anna-Maria Klintrup Anna-Maria Klintrup ... Naapuri Matinheimo
Asko Sahlman Asko Sahlman ... Naapuri Matinheimo
Thierry Noir Thierry Noir ... Jesper Rasmussen
Ragni Grönblom Ragni Grönblom ... Galleristi
Jukka Hytti Jukka Hytti ... Apulaisgalleristi
M.A. Numminen ... Tuntematon
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Storyline

Mike is getting out of prison after serving four years for a bank robbery. Bona is arranging the party of all parties for him: a Christmas party.

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Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

29 November 1996 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Weihnachtsfeier See more »

Filming Locations:

Helsinki, Finland See more »

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Budget:

FIM 1,555,960 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

The first version of the story was written as a play "Jätkät" (Guys) by Jari Halonen during his studies at the Theatre Academy of Helsinki. The play also featured actors Jorma Tommila, Rauno Juvonen and Halonen himself from the film version. See more »

Soundtracks

Julenissens polka
Music by Severin Jevnaker
Performed by Columbia Soittokvintetti
Courtesy of Columbia
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Best Finnish film of the decade
2 December 1998 | by Parsifal-4See all my reviews

Story about bunch of loser criminals; Mike is released from jail and his friends decide to give him homecoming party. A Christmas party, to be exact, in the middle of the summer. But hey, things just ain't the same after you've been in prison for four years; Mike's girlfriend has married Mike's brother, and Mike's other robber buddies have drank all the profit they made off a bank job. And one of the guys has become a spreader of the great lord's Word... Lot of slapstick-comedy, irrational black humor and four ugly men in the sauna...


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