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Tom of Finland (2017)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | 24 February 2017 (Finland)
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Award-winning filmmaker Dome Karukoski brings to screen the life and work of artist Touko Valio Laaksonen (aka Tom of Finland), one of the most influential and celebrated figures of twentieth century gay culture.

Director:

Dome Karukoski

Writers:

Aleksi Bardy (screenplay), Aleksi Bardy (story by) | 6 more credits »
2 wins & 11 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Pekka Strang ... Tom / Touko
Seumas F. Sargent ... Doug (as Seumas Sargent)
Chris Myland Chris Myland ... Security Person
Alf Myreen Alf Myreen ... AD Artist
Fabian Puregger Fabian Puregger ... Tom's Dream Cop
Lauri Tilkanen ... Veli
Roope Karisto Roope Karisto ... Young Man
Taisto Oksanen ... Alijoki
Emanuel Claesson Emanuel Claesson ... Man in Doorway
Henri Keränen Henri Keränen ... Radio Operator / Soldier, Chorus
Jessica Grabowsky ... Kaija
Siim Maaten ... Russian Paratrooper
Leif Edlund ... Moustache Man
Niko Wirtanen Niko Wirtanen ... Bouncer at Hansa Bar
Jari Forsman Jari Forsman ... Police Officer in the Park
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Storyline

Touko Laaksonen, a decorated officer, returns home after a harrowing and heroic experience serving his country in World War II, but life in Finland during peacetime proves equally distressing. He finds peace-time Helsinki rampant with persecution of the homosexual men around him, even being pressured to marry women and have children. Touko finds refuge in his liberating art, specializing in homoerotic drawings of muscular men, free of inhibitions. His work - made famous by his signature 'Tom of Finland' - became the emblem of a generation of men and fanned the flames of a gay revolution. Written by Helsinki-filmi

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Taglines:

Elokuva rohkeudesta, rakkaudesta ja vapaudesta. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Finnish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film competition at 2018 Academy Awards. See more »

Goofs

The scene in the hospital when Tom brings Jack a bunny, the pillow is a Euro (square type not commonly used in the US) and not a standard sized one. See more »

Quotes

Tom: Who can be a Tom's man? Anyone can be a Tom's man.
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Connections

Referenced in Tähdet, tähdet: Elokuvamusiikki (2016) See more »

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Very well-made film wiith serious liabilities
21 December 2017 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Film about Touko Laaksonen a gay Finnish man who fought in World War 2. He returns home with serious PTSS. He finds the only way to battle it is drawing men in leather and in various sexual positions. He also meets and falls in love with adorable Vali (Lauri Tilkanen). However homosexuality was against the law in Finland back then. The film chronicles how Touko invented the Tom of Finland name and got his work published.

Well-done film with good direction and it moves quickly. However there are two serious liabilities here. One is Laakksonen. He's terrible in the title role. He never EVER reacts to anything. He always has a blank look on his face so I didn't know how to take his lines. By contrast Tilkanen is great as his lover. I kept wishing the movie was about him! The second liability is the script. It goes swinging all over the place. We're given no clue of what era it is and what's going on. Very frustrating. Other that I liked it but those are two huge problems.


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Country:

Finland | Sweden | Denmark | Germany | Iceland | USA

Language:

Finnish | English | German

Release Date:

24 February 2017 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,524, 15 October 2017

Gross USA:

$381,610

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,792,414
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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