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The Tough Ones (1999)

Häjyt (original title)
Häjyt tells a story of two friends who have a hard time finding their place in the society. Antti and Jussi are released from jail. While they were doing time for bank robbery, the third ... See full summary »

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Aleksi Mäkelä

Writer:

Aleksi Bardy
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Samuli Edelmann ... Jussi Murikka
Juha Veijonen Juha Veijonen ... Antti Karhu
Teemu Lehtilä Teemu Lehtilä ... Heikki Grönberg
Kalevi Haapoja Kalevi Haapoja ... Isoisä Karhu
Arttu Kapulainen ... Roope Karhu
Sari Havas Sari Havas ... Sisko
Eero Aho ... Stig Nenonen
Pia Latomäki Pia Latomäki ... Paula
Kari Väänänen ... Törnqvist
Vesa Mäkelä Vesa Mäkelä ... Rahikainen
Oiva Lohtander Oiva Lohtander ... Romppainen
Jussi Lampi Jussi Lampi ... Paananen
Katariina Kaitue Katariina Kaitue ... Laura
Heikki Hela Heikki Hela ... Opettaja
Risto Salmi Risto Salmi ... Markkula
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Storyline

Häjyt tells a story of two friends who have a hard time finding their place in the society. Antti and Jussi are released from jail. While they were doing time for bank robbery, the third man involved in the robbery, the one who was not convicted, has become a policeman. He tries to help his friends to settle into the small town in Pohjanmaa, but the boys start a black market liquor business instead. The road seems to lead back to the jail. Written by T.J.A.

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Three young men rob a bank. Only two of them are caught. What will happen when they return to their home town?

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Action | Crime | Drama

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Official Sites:

Solar Films [Finland]

Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

15 January 1999 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

A kemény fiú See more »

Filming Locations:

Kauhava, Finland

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Budget:

FIM6,000,000 (estimated)
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Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Actors Samuli Edelman, Teemu Lehtilä, Juha Veijonen and the producer, Markus Selin, promised to stop smoking if the film was seen by 200,000 viewers in Finland. That number was reached on February 15th, 1999. See more »

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Lyrics by Jorma Toiviainen
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Instilled Agressiveness
26 May 2004 | by flame_heartSee all my reviews

Two men out of jail, whose way of life leads them back there again. There is something so sad that we get to observe in the character of these two, they are just your typical high-school bullies, a little older, probably the bullies that they normally grow into. A reviewer here has said this is the typical behaviour of some section of the Finnish populace (Ostrobonthian? sorry if I mis-spelled it). One wonders. After all, there are people like this all over the world, still Antti and Jussi leave behind a trail of cramped sadness, as in they (atleast Antti does) try to change, but simply cannot. It's instille din their blodd, we can see this in the Grandpa too. One naturally sympathises with Antti for he seems to be the softer of the two and ends up in prejudice against Jussi. Although, he is the one who is more pitious. He just cannot stop being aggressive, and there is no compassion one feels, just the savage animal love that he has for Antti's sister.

An excellent portrayal of the dismantled life of some out there.

Sad, very sad.. 7/10.


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