Matti: Hell Is for Heroes

Matti: Hell Is for Heroes
Matti: Hell Is for Heroes
Directed by Aleksi Mäkelä
Produced by Markus Selin
Written by Marko Leino
Starring Jasper Pääkkönen
Peter Franzén
Elina Hietala
Jope Ruonansuu
Juha Veijonen
Elina Knihtilä
Music by Tuomas Kantelinen
Cinematography Pini Hellstedt
Editing by Kimmo Taavila
Studio Solar Films
Distributed by Buena Vista
Release date(s) January 13, 2006 (2006-01-13) (Finland)
Running time 135 minutes
Country Finland
Language Finnish
Budget €1.6 million[1]
Box office €3,620,391[2]

Matti: Hell Is for Heroes (Finnish: Matti) is a 2006 Finnish biographical film about Finnish skijumper Matti Nykänen. The film was directed by Aleksi Mäkelä and written by Marko Leino.[3] With 461,665 views it was the most watched film in Finland in 2006.[2]



  • Jasper Pääkkönen as Matti Nykänen, a four-time Olympic gold medalist[3]
  • Peter Franzén as Nick Nevada, a character based on Mike Sierra, Nykänen's manager[4]
  • Elina Hietala as Taina
  • Juha Veijonen as Maisteri, based on Matti Pulli, a ski jumping coach[5]
  • Elina Knihtilä as Mirva, based on Mervi Tapola[5]
  • Jope Ruonansuu as Oksanen
  • Kari Hietalahti as Hammer
  • Jani Volanen as Nipa
  • Jussi Lampi as Jorma Tapio



The soundtrack album for the film, Musiikkia elokuvasta Matti, was released on January 11, 2006.[7] It contains songs performed by Nykänen himself.[8] Two tracks used in the film, "Pidä varas"[8] and "Kingi"[8] performed by Nykänen, were not included in the soundtrack album.

No. Title Performer Length
1. "Lennä Nykäsen Matti"   Timo Kotipelto 4:22
2. "V-tyyli"   Matti Nykänen 3:35
3. "Sukset"   Popeda 3:22
4. "Backseat"   Peer Günt 4:17
5. "I Surrender"   Rainbow 4:01
6. "Poliisi pamputtaa"   Eppu Normaali 1:52
7. "Yllätysten yö"   Matti Nykänen 2:50
8. "Bodya, sporttia, tsemppistä"   Sleepy Sleepers 2:36
9. "Long gone boy"   Havana Black 4:58
10. "Escape"   Stone 5:21
11. "Kuuma kesä"   Popeda 2:59
12. "Samaa nauhaa"   Matti Nykänen 2:40
13. "On hetki"   Kari Hietalahti 1:44
14. "The Final Countdown"   Europe 5:09



  1. ^ Vasala, Paavo (September 3, 2007). "Elokuvatuottajien höperö lakko. Mitä todella tuetaan?" (in Finnish). Mediaviikko. Retrieved September 10, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Facts & Figures 2006 – TOP 20 Films 2006" (PDF). The Finnish Film Foundation. 2007. Retrieved September 10, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "MATTI - HELL is for HEROES – Production info". Solar Films Inc.. Retrieved September 10, 2011. 
  4. ^ Hietaneva, Panu (January 21, 2010). ""Managereilla on ollut huono maine"" (in Finnish). Sanoma News. Retrieved September 10, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Matti Pulli järkyttyi Matti-elokuvasta" (in Finnish). Sanoma News. January 17, 2006. Retrieved September 10, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Matti (2005) – Credits". National Audiovisual Archive / Finnish Board of Film Classification. Retrieved September 10, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Matti-elokuvasta soundtrack-albumi" (in Finnish). Kaleva Oy. January 11, 2006. Retrieved September 10, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c "Matti (2005) – Additional Information". National Audiovisual Archive / Finnish Board of Film Classification. Retrieved September 10, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Musiikkia elokuvasta Matti" (in Finnish). YLE. Retrieved September 10, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Matti-elokuvan soundtrack julkaistaan 11.01.06" (in Finnish). Hyypiö FM. December 29, 2005. Retrieved September 10, 2011. 

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