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Matti: Hell Is for Heroes (2006)

Matti (original title)
A ski jumper descends from winning 4 Olympic Gold Medals, to serving two years for stabbing a relative. Careers as a stripper and singer, plus five marriages, replete with allegations of ... See full summary »


Aleksi Mäkelä


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jasper Pääkkönen ... Matti
Elina Hietala Elina Hietala ... Taina
Juha Veijonen Juha Veijonen ... Maisteri
Peter Franzén ... Nick Nevada
Elina Knihtilä Elina Knihtilä ... Mirva
Kari Hietalahti ... Hammer
Jope Ruonansuu Jope Ruonansuu ... Oksanen
Jani Volanen ... Nipa
Jussi Lampi Jussi Lampi ... Jorma Tapio
Toni Wahlström Toni Wahlström ... Ylianttila
Matias Hangasmaa Matias Hangasmaa ... Antti
Seppo Pääkkönen Seppo Pääkkönen ... Matin isä
Maija Junno Maija Junno ... Matin äiti
Matti Onnismaa Matti Onnismaa ... Salmela
Jarmo Perälä Jarmo Perälä ... Mauri


A ski jumper descends from winning 4 Olympic Gold Medals, to serving two years for stabbing a relative. Careers as a stripper and singer, plus five marriages, replete with allegations of domestic violence are fictionalized sympathetically in this dramedy. Alleged exploitation/manipulation of Matti, due to his naivety and gullibility, along with deterioration of his skiing ability due to heavy drinking and bad decisions is emphasized. Many Matti malapropisms a la Yogi Berra, attributed to the Finnish skiing legend, are employed as biopic comic dialogue. Written by David Stevens

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Life is the best time for a man.


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Release Date:

13 January 2006 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Matis - pragaro didvyris See more »

Filming Locations:

Hanko, Finland See more »


Box Office


€1,600,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs



Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Based on the life of Matti Nykänen with also fiction scenes. See more »


Eppu Normaali's song Poliisi pamputtaa taas is heard in the movie. The credits list it as Poliisi pamputtaa, which is another song by Eppu Normaali. See more »


Maisteri: Who are you?
Matti: Ski jumper.
Maisteri: Who will you be after ten years?
Matti: Former ski jumper.
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Referenced in Mannerheim kuulee (2014) See more »


Yllätysten yö
Composed by Jussi Niemi
Lyrics by Ensio Käämi
Arranged by R. Niemi and Jussi Niemi
Performed by Matti Nykänen
Courtesy of Studio Kaktus Oy
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selin does it again....
15 January 2006 | by Ms_BlackSee all my reviews

when i first went to see this movie i was waiting for it to stink big time.i was surprised when i noticed that the movie was actually heartbreaking and funny at the same time.Jasper Pääkkönen did an excellent job playing Matti nykänen.what annoys me is that the only reason they did this movie is because of money.they were obviously hoping that it will be the same kind of success like pahat pojat.Selin has only done one movie that i liked and that was paha maa.is it just me or do they use jasper a lot in their films?the movie isn't very deep ,it just shows us the side of Matti , that we have learned from the pages of "seiska" and "katso".i would have liked to see more skijumping but still everyone has to admit that this movie could have been so much worse.i sort of think that it is a story about being finnish:we are strong ,we eat sausages,we drink beer and sometimes we make mistakes.in the end i have to congratulate selin about the fact that i finally feel somekind of sympathy towards Matti , even if the movie is only fiction.you realise that people have manipulated Matti his whole life.my final conclusion is that this has to be the most tragic story that finland has ever seen.

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