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Poika ja ilves (1998)

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Twelve-year-old Tommy reluctantly moves with his father from the big city to a small Lapp village - the childhood home of his mother, who has recently died. The village is close to the ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Konsta Hietanen ...
Risto Tuorila ...
Uncle Jouko
Antti Virmavirta ...
Kristiina Halttu ...
Rauno Ahonen ...
Jussi Puhakka ...
Markku Huhtamo ...
Kalle Pokka
Mikko Kivinen ...
Park Director
Aarno Sulkanen ...
Chief of Police
Tero Jartti ...
Junior Herdsman
Ville Myllyrinne ...
Katariina Kaitue ...
Pentti Jumisko ...
Junior Herdsman
Tapani Kenttämaa ...
Junior Herdsman


Twelve-year-old Tommy reluctantly moves with his father from the big city to a small Lapp village - the childhood home of his mother, who has recently died. The village is close to the northernmost wildlife reserve in the world, where Tommy's father will be working on a project to release a captive lynx into the wild. The boy gradually falls under the spell of his new surroundings, and discovers that his mother was involved in protecting the local lynx, and, when his father's project fails, and the lynx is about to be sold, he decides to set it free himself. A dramatic series of events ensues, and Tommy, through his brave actions, regains the trust and respect of his family and the village. Written by L.H. Wong <>

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18 December 1998 (Finland)  »

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Tommy and the Wildcat  »

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FIM 13,103,151 (estimated)


FIM 8,000,000 (Finland) (5 February 1999)

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Scenes without animals were filmed twice with both Finnish and English language dialogue, although the final English language version does not use the voices of the original cast as the dialogue was dubbed by Canadian actors. See more »


When Tomi is at the hospital, a glimpse thru window shows green leaves on trees, despite the fact that he was just rescued from snowy wintertime wilderness. See more »


Tommy and The Wildcat
Written by Søren Hyldgaard
Arranged by Søren Hyldgaard and William Morzing
Lyrics by Asser Korhonen
Performed by Ceská Filharmonie
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A nature movie about friendship between a boy and a lynx.
27 September 1999 | by (Helsinki, Finland) – See all my reviews

The movie tells about friendship between a boy and a lynx. An animal park cannot keep a lynx any more, and the boy helps it to get to freedom.

Some hunters hate the lynx because it is after the game and also domestic animals. The story is rather sad and touching, acting partly okay, partly mediocre, but the winter scenery is very beautiful and worth to see.

The movie is best suited for families and children, but not too young watchers.

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