In Eastern Finland, in Liperi to be exact, Anna-Liisa Ihalainen asks her husband Antti to get some matches from the Ihalainen household. Unfortunately that trip takes a little longer than expected.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Evgeniy Leonov ... Antti Ihalainen
Vyacheslav Nevinnyy ... Jussi Vatanen
Rita Polster Rita Polster ... Anna-Liisa Ihalainen
Ritva Valkama Ritva Valkama ... Miina Sormunen
Georgiy Vitsin ... Tahvo Kenonen, tailor
Galina Polskikh ... Kaisa Karhutar
Kauko Helovirta Kauko Helovirta ... Constable Torvelainen
Leo Lastumäki Leo Lastumäki ... Mulon Partanen
Pekka Autiovuori Pekka Autiovuori ... Turtiainen
Olavi Ahonen Olavi Ahonen ... Ville Huttunen
Sergey Filippov ... Hyvärinen
Nina Grebeshkova ... Hyvärinen's wife
Mikhail Pugovkin ... Police chief
Vera Ivleva ... Anna-Kaisa Hyvärinen
Martti Pennanen Martti Pennanen ... Blacksmith (as M. Pennanen)
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In Eastern Finland, in Liperi to be exact, Anna-Liisa Ihalainen asks her husband Antti to get some matches from the Ihalainen household. Unfortunately that trip takes a little longer than expected.

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Country:

Soviet Union | Finland

Language:

Finnish | Russian

Release Date:

18 January 1980 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

For the Matches See more »

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Budget:

FIM 2,987,770 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Mosfilm,Suomi-Filmi See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)
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Last film directed by Risto Orko who hadn't directed a feature film since 1943. See more »

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Featured in Suomi-Filmin tarina: Sotien vuodet 1939-1943 (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Chert te chto i sboku bantik
Written by Aleksandr Zatsepin and Leonid Derbenyov
Performed by Evgeniy Leonov and Vyacheslav Nevinnyy
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Unfunny and Agonising to Watch
25 October 2015 | by ToninoSee all my reviews

A farcical comedy with a few very good actors which is supposed to be funny; the only thing, it is not. Made in Russia in 1980, it was announced as a Russian-Finnish co-production, although all the leads and supporting actors are Russian. Is it authentic? I visited both countries, and my opinion is, the Russian actors in this film don't look like Finns and don't behave like them. Such Russian stars as Leonov, Nevinnyy and Vitsin are wasted, and silliness creeps in from the very start and then builds up and clogs up everything. The director, Gayday, made quite a number of really witty situation comedies. Unfortunately, this is not one of them. Try 'Twelve Chairs' or 'Kidnapping, Caucasian Style', instead.


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