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Beyond Enemy Lines (2004)

Framom främsta linjen (original title)
A story of the infantry regiment 61 that fought from Syväri to the Karelian Ishtmus.

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Harry Järv
Ilkka Heiskanen ...
Lt.Col. Alpo Marttinen
Christoffer Westerlund ...
Allan Finholm
Kim Gustafsson ...
Björk
Martin Bahne ...
Lindblad
Carl-Gustaf Wentzel ...
Forss
Jan-Christian Söderholm ...
Klas Helèn
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Kaustinen
Johan Rönneholm ...
Händig
Joachim Thibblin ...
Bertel Söderman
Oskar Silén ...
Lt. Mattas
Paavo Kerosuo
Patrick Henriksen ...
Rosenlöf
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Olof Fagerström
Jan Korander ...
Löfman
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A movie based on real wartime diaries tells the story of the Swedish speaking Finns' infantry regiment 61. The story follows the regiment during the Continuation War from 1942 to 1944 and from Syväri to the Karelian Isthmus where they faced some of the most grueling battles against the Soviet Union. Written by Anonymous

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5 March 2004 (Finland)  »

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€3,500,000 (estimated)
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True to life, no Hollywood war epic
17 May 2004 | by (Esbo, Finland) – See all my reviews

This is a dramatized true story about a Swedish speaking unit in the Finnish army, during the Finnish "Continuation war" which Finland fought against the Soviet Union, in 1941-1944 to regain the territory that the Russians had gained in their attack on Finland in 1939-1940.

Don't look for an elaborate plot, bigger than life storyline or any romantic involvement in this film. It doesn't really have a storyline and absolutely no romantic subplot. This is a description of a group of young men on the front and their escapades. Everything has been done with the veterans to achieve maximum authenticity. If that means that the movie is lame, so be it. I find it refreshingly different. However one needs to appreciate before watching this that this is a sort of drama documentary.

The director who is also the producer wanted to make a true life film while the veterans still were alive. He has done this, but some viewers seem to have expected a Hollywood drama.

You won't get that. You'll get grueling scenes as they happened. I rather enjoyed this movie.

PS. The fact that about 80 % of the spoken language in the film is Swedish also seems to annoy some, but not the majority of the local Finnish viewers. But what can you do, this unit comprised of Swedish speaking troops, so this part needs to be accurate also.


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