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2 July 1994 (Finland) See more »
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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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Cast

 
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

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Aki Kaurismäki 
 
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Aki Kaurismäki 

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Aki Kaurismäki .... producer
 
Original Music by
B. Alexandrov 
Tipe Johnson 
 
Cinematography by
Heikki Ortamo 
 
Film Editing by
Timo Linnasalo 
 
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Erkki Astala .... assistant director
Pauli Pentti .... assistant director
 
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Jan-Eric Nyström .... titles
 

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
A complete tour de force, 24 January 2007
Author: nipsu1 from United States

I was living in Lahti when this show was broadcast on Finnish television.I was completely stunned by the severe clash of cultures.On the one hand,a group of comically dressed musicians,very competent and visually appealing obviously spoofing the teddy boy craze and on the other hand one of the best choruses in the world dressed in their military finest. You could not expect the two divergent musical styles to get along,much less complement.... But it all works well,with the wonderful antique tractor on full display and the Red Army chorus singing Sweet Home Alabama.What a wonderful show it must have been to see live.It seems like the entire city of Helsinki was there. Hey that is only 500,000 but that's a lot of Finns in one place.

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