6.8/10
3,628
35 user 15 critic

Ambush (1999)

Rukajärven tie (original title)
Set during the World War 2. In the summer of 1941 the Finnish army crosses the border of Russia. A platoon led by Lt. Eero Perkola goes through the wilderness around the Lieksa lake to ... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

, (novel) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
11 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

This film is the second silver screen adaption of the Finnish war book by Väinö Linna with the same name as the film. The story is based on Linna's experiences as an infantry man in the ... See full summary »

Director: Rauni Mollberg
Stars: Risto Tuorila, Pirkka-Pekka Petelius, Paavo Liski
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Häjyt tells a story of two friends who have a hard time finding their place in the society. Antti and Jussi are released from jail. While they were doing time for bank robbery, the third ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksi Mäkelä
Stars: Samuli Edelmann, Juha Veijonen, Teemu Lehtilä
Bad Boys (2003)
Action | Biography | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The story bases on four Finnish brothers, nicknamed 'the Eura Daltons' who received nation-wide notoriety for tearing gas pumps apart when they needed cash. The cast is an impressive one: ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksi Mäkelä
Stars: Peter Franzén, Niko Saarela, Lauri Nurkse
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

It is the summer of 1941. An eastern-Finnish machine gun company receives an order to turn in their surplus equipment. The company is transferred to the front lines. The next morning the ... See full summary »

Director: Edvin Laine
Stars: Kosti Klemelä, Heikki Savolainen, Reino Tolvanen
Hellsinki (2009)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Professional criminals in Finland from 1966 to 1979.

Director: Aleksi Mäkelä
Stars: Samuli Edelmann, Peter Franzén, Kari Hietalahti
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A story of the infantry regiment 61 that fought from Syväri to the Karelian Ishtmus.

Director: Åke Lindman
Stars: Tobias Zilliacus, Ilkka Heiskanen, Christoffer Westerlund
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Set during World War 2. After 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 ... See full summary »

Director: Pekka Parikka
Stars: Taneli Mäkelä, Vesa Vierikko, Timo Torikka
Action | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

On the trail of a woman, Vares finds himself caught up with underworld characters who are on the trail of hidden millions.

Director: Aleksi Mäkelä
Stars: Juha Veijonen, Laura Malmivaara, Jari Halonen
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

The Soviet army breaks through the Finnish defences on the Karelian Isthmus in June 1944, advancing with overwhelming force. Somehow, the Finnish troops must find the strength to fight back... See full summary »

Directors: Åke Lindman, Sakari Kirjavainen
Stars: Rauno Ahonen, Mikkomarkus Ahtiainen, Frank Biermann
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Bright young soldier Mertsi suffers a permanent brain injury in the Second World War. In the late 1940s he wanders around the Finnish countryside looking for simple work and relying on ... See full summary »

Director: Markku Pölönen
Stars: Peter Franzén, Taisto Reimaluoto, Ahti Kuoppala
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

When their bootlegging father ends up in jail, four twenty-something brothers need money to pay his debts to local crooks. Next, their 9-year-old half-sister is dumped on their doorstep by ... See full summary »

Director: Perttu Leppä
Stars: Mikko Leppilampi, Laura Birn, Amanda Pilke
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A ski jumper descends from winning 4 Olympic Gold Medals, to serving two years for stabbing a relative. Careers as a stripper and singer, plus five marriages, replete with allegations of ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksi Mäkelä
Stars: Jasper Pääkkönen, Elina Hietala, Juha Veijonen
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Lieutenant Eero Perkola
...
Lotta Kaarina Vainikainen
Kari Heiskanen ...
Lance Corporal Jussi Lukkari
Taisto Reimaluoto ...
Corporal Unto Saarinen
Kari Väänänen ...
Corporal Tauno Snicker
...
Private Simo Karppinen
Pekka Heikkinen ...
Corporal Evert Rönkkö
Pekka Huotari ...
Private Martti Raassina
Tero Jartti ...
Private Moilanen
Rauno Juvonen ...
Private Hämäläinen
Arttu Kapulainen ...
Private Ville Snicker
Matti Laitinen ...
Private Knihti
Petri Manninen ...
Private Ahti Heikkinen
...
Private Kukkonen
Kari-Pekka Toivonen ...
Private Leinonen
Edit

Storyline

Set during the World War 2. In the summer of 1941 the Finnish army crosses the border of Russia. A platoon led by Lt. Eero Perkola goes through the wilderness around the Lieksa lake to search for Russian defensive positions. The platoon kills some Russian civilians and rests in a newly conquered village. There Lt. Perkola meets his fiancée Kaarina, who is serving in the Women's Auxilary Corps (Lotta). Then the platoon continues with the mission, but a message about Kaarina's possible death reaches Lt. Perkola. The message causes Perkola to become distracted during the mission. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

War | Drama

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

| |

Release Date:

22 January 1999 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Ambush  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Budget:

FIM 12,614,904 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The movie is loosely based on a book by Antti Tuuri, a true war story. The script was altered a lot from the original book, though, removing it slightly further from true events. See more »

Connections

Featured in Matka suomalaiseen elokuvaan: Muistoja sodasta (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Una Furtiva Lagrima
Written by Gaetano Donizetti
Performed by Matti Laitinen
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

I liked this movie and I am not even a Finn
20 May 2000 | by (Manila, Philippines) – See all my reviews

I liked this movie more than I liked Saving Private Ryan and The Thin Red Line. For some reason it was able to capture better what the other movies were trying to capture. What I liked even more was that it was able to "cheat". Meaning it was able to make it look like there was a war going on with a few well taken shots and angles and sound effects, an inspiration for all aspiring filmmakers with no Hollywood money. =)


10 of 15 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
is this best finnish war movie ever made..? pellonpah
The region 1 DVD DM-DAAN
Discuss Ambush (1999) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?