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2 July 1994 (Finland) See more »
A 57 minute documentary of a Helsinki concert featuring the Leningrad Cowboys and the Alexandrov Red Army Choir and Ballet... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Alexandrov Red Army Ensemble ... Choir
Atte Blom ... Himself
Twist-Twist Erkinharju ... Leningrad Cowboys
Ben Granfelt ... Leningrad Cowboys
Sakke Järvenpää ... Lead singer
Sakari Kuosmanen ... Himself / Performer
Jore Marjaranta ... Leningrad Cowboys
Ekke Niiva ... Leningrad Cowboys
Pemo Ojala ... Leningrad Cowboys
Silu Seppälä ... Leningrad Cowboys
Mauri Sumén ... Leningrad Cowboys
Kirsi Tykkyläinen ... Herself / Performer
Mato Valtonen ... Leningrad Cowboys

Directed by
Aki Kaurismäki 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Aki Kaurismäki 

Produced by
Aki Kaurismäki .... producer
Original Music by
B. Alexandrov 
Tipe Johnson 
Cinematography by
Pekka Aine 
Tahvo Hirvonen 
Heikki Ortamo (director of photography)
Timo Salminen 
Olli Varja 
Film Editing by
Timo Linnasalo 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Erkki Astala .... assistant director
Pauli Pentti .... assistant director
Sound Department
Tom Forsström .... sound mixer
Juuso Hirvikangas .... assistant sound recordist
Jouko Lumme .... sound
Tellervo Savela .... synch
Camera and Electrical Department
Heikki Färm .... assistant camera
Marja-Leena Helin .... still photographer
Esa Illi .... assistant camera
Seppo Louhi .... assistant camera
Rauno Ronkainen .... assistant camera (as Rane Ronkainen)
Editorial Department
Helena Selin .... negative cutter
Seppo Virtanen .... colorist
Music Department
Pemo Ojala .... music mixer
Heikki Savolainen .... music mixer
Heikki Savolainen .... music recordist
Andy Snellman .... assistant to music recordist
Mauri Sumén .... music mixer
Other crew
Haije Alanoja .... script supervisor
Tuula Anttila .... production assistant
Outi Eranti .... production assistant
Klaus Heydemann .... assistant to producer
Tuula Mentula .... production assistant
Jan-Eric Nyström .... titles
Paula Oinonen .... assistant to director
Matti Pellonpää .... production assistant
Pauli Pentti .... production assistant
Jaakko Talaskivi .... assistant to director
Sinikka Usvamaa .... production accountant (as Sinikka Telaranta)

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54 min
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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Cowboys set Helsinki on Fire, 25 October 2003
Author: shierfilm from Canada

This 1993 concert is absolutely awesome. The Leningrad Cowboys gave the Finnish people a lot for their money. Backed by the Alexandrov Red Army Choir, they set Helsinki on fire on that night in June.

Covers of The Turtles, Bob Dylan, Tom Jones, and ZZ Top are just a small aspect of this "rockumentary". (Their version of "Those Were The Days" has to be seen to be believed)

Bravo to Kaurismaki, a world-class director who achieved something really special with this concert film. It's hard to find these days, but if you can track it down, you will be in for a serious treat.

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