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The Winter War (1989)
"Talvisota" (original title)

 -  Drama | History | War  -  December 1989 (USA)
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Set during World War 2. After the Nazi Germany invaded Poland in September 1939, Russia attacked Finland in November 1939. Finnish reservists leave their homes and go to war. The film ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Taneli Mäkelä ...
Private Martti Hakala
Vesa Vierikko ...
2nd Lieutenant Jussi Kantola
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Private Pentti Saari
Heikki Paavilainen ...
Private Vilho Erkkilä
Antti Raivio ...
Corporal Erkki Somppi
Esko Kovero ...
Medical Corporal Juho Pernaa
Martti Suosalo ...
Private Arvi Huhtala
Markku Huhtamo ...
Private Aatos Laitila
Matti Onnismaa ...
Corporal Veikko Korpela
Konsta Mäkelä ...
Tomi Salmela ...
Private Matti Ylinen
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Private Mauri Haapasalo
Vesa Mäkelä ...
Lieutenant Yrjö Haavisto
Aarno Sulkanen ...
Captain Sihvo - battalion commander
Kari Kihlström ...
Lieutenant Jorma Potila
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Set during World War 2. After the Nazi Germany invaded Poland in September 1939, Russia attacked Finland in November 1939. Finnish reservists leave their homes and go to war. The film focuses on two farmers from the municipality of Kauhava in the province of Pohjanmaa/Ostrobothnia, brothers Martti and Paavo Hakala, serving in a Finnish platoon. Written by Anonymous

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They held back the Russian Juggernaut in a frozen Hell!

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FIM 23,500,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

All the airplanes seen in the movie were models that were flown by remote control. See more »

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Near the end of the movie, Private Pentti Saari shoots a captured Semi-Automatic Rifle SVT-40, but he reloads after each shot (it is possibly caused by shooting blanks, which have not enough power to reload the rifle). The SVT-40 itself was introduced after the war, and it should be older, slightly different model SVT-38. See more »

Quotes

Aatos Laitila: If it gets any colder we'll need dynamite to break up the cheese.
Arvi Huhtala: Let Russian artillery do it for us.
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Referenced in The Catch (2007) See more »

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Jääkärimarssi
Composed by Jean Sibelius
Written by Heikki Nurmio
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Deserved the 3 Jussis
5 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

What's wrong with the movie world. "winter war" easily competes with everything i've seen from hollywood. i think saving private ryan or Thin Red Line are great, but "winter war" is equally great, and i mean it on every level. special effects and action was nice (lots of trees get "cut" in this movie), although i felt that in some scenes it was lit badly or the filmm stock was cheap so it didn't achieve an "expensive" top quality look like big hollywood productions. the director and producers did a great job, it's really hard to make a good war movie with actual war in it with a limited "european" budget. amazing that SVP gets 5 oscars(not undeserved) and "Winter War" only 3 "Jussis"...i already knew that oscar means s**t but my point is that "Winter War" deserves much more recognition because it's one of the greatest war movies on the planet. Watch it, "Winter War" is a (anti-)war movie at it's best.


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