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The Cuckoo (2002)
"Kukushka" (original title)

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September of 1944, a few days before Finland went out of the Second World War. A chained to a rock Finnish sniper-kamikadze Veikko managed to set himself free. Ivan, a captain of the Soviet... See full summary »

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Veikko (as Ville Khaapasalo)
Viktor Bychkov ...
Mikhail Korobochkin
Aleksei Kashnikov
Denis Aksyonov
Aleksei Panzheyev
Aleksandr Kuykka
Vladimir Matveev
Aleksandr Zubkin
Vladimir Knysh
Sergei Antonov
Valeri Yakovlev
Sergei Berzin
Aleksandr Melnikov
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September of 1944, a few days before Finland went out of the Second World War. A chained to a rock Finnish sniper-kamikadze Veikko managed to set himself free. Ivan, a captain of the Soviet Army, arrested by the Front Secret Police 'Smersh', has a narrow escape. They are soldiers of the two enemy armies. A Lapp woman Anni gives a shelter to both of them at her farm. For Anni they are not enemies, but just men. Written by Sony Classics Site

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She's Making Peace One Man at a Time.

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Drama | War | Comedy

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Rated PG-13 for sexual content and violence | See all certifications »

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12 September 2002 (Russia)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$16,473 (USA) (11 July 2003)

Gross:

$243,187 (USA) (14 November 2003)
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Trivia

While the two actors, Veikko and Ivan, were in the sauna exchanging their life stories, Ivan told Veikko about a former female colleague/friend marrying a horrible man named Viktor Bychkov - which is the name of the actor playing Psholty/Ivan in real life. Probably a deliberate humorous effect by the director. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, the Russian jeep with Ivan as a prisoner on it is seen moving on a straight road and at low speed. However, the driver of the jeep makes abrupt steering movements which is incoherent with the path of the jeep shown. See more »

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Boldly introduced in Telluride as `The film that will win the Best Foreign Film Oscar'.
11 October 2002 | by (Denver, CO) – See all my reviews

This movie is a great deal of fun. It also reveals the horrors, difficulties, and craziness of war. It has a wonderful, artistic look at a near-death situation that is very touching. A really great film that should not be missed.


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