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The Wrestler (1985)

Painija (original title)
Ageing wrestler and circus strongman is put in an institution located somewhere in a world of its own, next to an abandoned railway station with pigs running loose on the tracks in almost ... See full summary »

Director:

Matti Ijäs

Writer:

Matti Ijäs
4 wins. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Esko Hukkanen Esko Hukkanen ... Painija
Esko Pesonen Esko Pesonen ... Kuikkaniemi
Kalevi Kahra Kalevi Kahra ... Pesonen
Allan Koskinen Allan Koskinen ... Jalaton
Soli Labbart Soli Labbart ... Vanha nainen
Christina Indrenius-Zalewski Christina Indrenius-Zalewski ... Ylihoitaja
Markku Peltola ... Kärrypoika
Timo Torikka ... Kärrypoika
Eeva-Maija Haukinen Eeva-Maija Haukinen ... Hoitaja
Kati Outinen ... Hoitaja
Eira Soriola Eira Soriola ... Hoitaja
Esko Nikkari Esko Nikkari ... Hinausautokuski
Kari Franck Kari Franck ... Saarnaaja
Arno Virtanen Arno Virtanen ... Saarnaaja
Sulevi Peltola Sulevi Peltola ... Ruumisautokuski
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Ageing wrestler and circus strongman is put in an institution located somewhere in a world of its own, next to an abandoned railway station with pigs running loose on the tracks in almost constant rain. The institution is filled with the most diverse characters, all trying to go on with their own familiar ways instead of giving way to apathy or to mockery by others -- a retired cellist, war veterans, and an artistic old lady with whom the Wrestler slowly becomes romantically attached. After showing her all the strongman feats he's still capable of, the Wrestler sets out with her on a dramatic escape, pulling a railway car behind him with his teeth. Written by Markku Kuoppamäki

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Hinausautokuski: [Kuikkaniemi sits in a backseat of a car to be towed away by Hinausautokuski] In which way are you going?
Kuikkaniemi: Thought to go and get some Shostakovich... first piano concerto
Hinausautokuski: How far does this Shostakovich live?
Kuikkaniemi: [On irritated voice] Here is an example of a man who looks just like his own ass!
Hinausautokuski: [Yanks Kuikkaniemi out of the car] God damn, how hard can it be!
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Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

26 September 1985 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

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Yleisradio (YLE) See more »
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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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