Synopsis by Sandra Brennan
This suspenseful drama is based on the true story of a bank robbery and hostage situation that occurred in Finland during 1986. The face of the mentally disturbed robber are never seen. He is going through a breakdown after he and his wife and family are separated. He is bankrupt and without hope. He decides if nothing else, he will die spectacularly. He puts on a mask, grabs a shotgun, a bag full of TNT, and heads for a Helsinki bank. The robbery goes horrible wrong. Not only is the bank filled with people, there is not enough money to help the man out of debt. He decides to take all 11 people hostage and calls the police to demand a hefty ransom, and a car. The police ignore him. Time passes slowly in the bank. The robber becomes increasingly distraught, and the hostages begin to panic. He sets the timer on the dynamite. This time the police take him seriously. He has a British tourist drive the car and takes two volunteer hostages, bank employees. The police tear after the escaping car. The hostages are appalled to realize the police do not care if they live or die. The robber begins to break down...
bank-robbery, desperation, hostage, mental-breakdown, ransom