Uuno Turhapuro

Uuno Turhapuro is a Finnish comedy character created by Spede Pasanen and played by Vesa-Matti Loiri. Originally appeared in Spede Show during 1971–1973, the character gained popularity through the Uuno Turhapuro films.

Uuno Turhapuro
Uuno Turhapuro films character
First appearanceUuno Turhapuro (1973)
Last appearanceUuno Turhapuro – This is my life (2004)
Created bySpede Pasanen
Portrayed byVesa-Matti Loiri
In-universe information
FamilyHugo Turhapuro (father)
Gunhild Donnerstotter (mother)
George Turhapuro (twin brother)
Tarmo Turhapuro (brother)
Jeremias Peni (younger brother)
SpouseElisabeth Turhapuro née Tuura
RelativesCouncillor Tuura (father-in-law)
Reetta Tuura (mother-in-law)

Dramatis PersonaeEdit

Uuno Daavid Goljat Turhapuro is a ragged man, characterised by his tattered string vest, sparse row of teeth and untidy face, perhaps depicting a Finnish stereotype of a loser. His wife Elisabeth Turhapuro (played by Marjatta Raita) is the daughter of rich industrialist Councillor Tuura (Tapio Hämäläinen). In the beginning of the first film, in the couple's wedding, Uuno is tidy and cleanly, but gets ragged and lazy immediately after marrying a rich woman. Uuno's main pastime is lying on the couch, overeating, and acquiring his father-in-law's money. His biggest virtue is his gift of gab that he uses in settling marital problems, cadging free hot dogs from the stand and seducing other women.

The conventional plot of the films is based on the tension between Uuno and his father-in-law: the mining executive Councillor Tuura, disgusted by his dirty son-in-law, faces constant misfortune on his career, when Uuno pops up in the wrong places. When Tuura, just appointed as defence minister, orders Uuno into the army (Uuno Turhapuro armeijan leivissä), he attains the rank of major in a couple of days. When Tuura takes part in the presidential election (Uuno Turhapuro – herra Helsingin herra), Uuno becomes President of Finland by accident. Uuno's regular helpers are his auto mechanic friends Härski-Hartikainen (Spede Pasanen) and Sörsselssön (Simo Salminen), who help Uuno mainly because he has promised them a small share of Tuura's possible heritage. The films also contain numerous cameo appearances by Finnish politicians and celebrities, often as themselves.

A total of twenty Uuno Turhapuro films were made between 1973–2004. Originally there were plans for only one film, but due to its success, the film got 19 sequels. The two latest Uuno films are directed, produced and written by Ere Kokkonen. The most popular Uuno film is Uuno Turhapuro armeijan leivissä (1984), seen by more than 700,000 people in the theatres – an impressive figure in a country of 4.9 million inhabitants.[1] It remains Finland's most seen domestic film made since 1968.[2]

Uuno Turhapuro filmsEdit

Other film appearancesEdit

  • Koeputkiaikuinen ja Simon enkelit (1979)
  • Tup-akka-lakko (1980)
  • Vääpeli Körmy ja vetenalaiset vehkeet (1991)

TV seriesEdit

  • Uuno Turhapuro armeijan leivissä (1986) (The film as a seven-part, extended TV series)
  • Uuno Turhapuro (television series) (1996)
  • Johtaja Uuno Turhapuro – pisnismies (1999) (The film as a five-part, extended TV series)
  • Uuno Turhapuro – This is my Life (2006) (The film as a five-part, extended TV series)

Unofficial filmsEdit

  • Uuno Turhapuron veli (1994)
    • Uuno Turhapuro is not seen in this film ("Uuno Turhapuro's Brother"). Spede was having a falling-out with Loiri, and so Loiri wouldn't act in it. Later Spede considered the film a mistake, and has commented it by saying "forget the whole film".

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