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Talvisota (1989)

In 1939, two Finnish brothers are conscripted in the army to fight in the war between Finland and the Soviet Union.

Director:

Pekka Parikka

Writers:

Pekka Parikka, Antti Tuuri (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Taneli Mäkelä Taneli Mäkelä ... Private Martti Hakala
Vesa Vierikko Vesa Vierikko ... 2nd Lieutenant Jussi Kantola
Timo Torikka ... Private Pentti Saari
Heikki Paavilainen Heikki Paavilainen ... Private Vilho Erkkilä
Antti Raivio Antti Raivio ... Corporal Erkki Somppi
Esko Kovero Esko Kovero ... Medical Corporal Juho Pernaa
Martti Suosalo Martti Suosalo ... Private Arvi Huhtala
Markku Huhtamo Markku Huhtamo ... Private Aatos Laitila
Matti Onnismaa Matti Onnismaa ... Corporal Veikko Korpela
Konsta Mäkelä Konsta Mäkelä ... Private Paavo Hakala
Tomi Salmela ... Private Matti Ylinen
Samuli Edelmann ... Private Mauri Haapasalo (as Samuli Edelman)
Vesa Mäkelä Vesa Mäkelä ... Lieutenant Yrjö Haavisto
Aarno Sulkanen Aarno Sulkanen ... Captain Sihvo - battalion commander
Kari Kihlström Kari Kihlström ... Lieutenant Jorma Potila
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Storyline

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 on two farmers from the municipality of Kauhava in the province of Pohjanmaa/Ostrobothnia, brothers Martti and Paavo Hakala, serving in a Finnish platoon. Written by Anonymous

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They held back the Russian Juggernaut in a frozen Hell!

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Drama | History | War

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Official Sites:

Official site (in Finnish)

Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

December 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Winter War See more »

Filming Locations:

Haapamäki, Finland See more »

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Budget:

FIM 23,500,000 (estimated)
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National Filmi Oy See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (International Cut) | (miniseries)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The anti-tank gun used by the Finns in the first assault is a Swedish Bofors "37 PstK/36" (37mm, model 1936) bought from Sweden in the late 1930s. At the time of the Winter War the PSTK/36 (Finnish designation) could penetrate the armor of almost all Russian tanks, the exception being a heavy-tank model that was still in a prototype stage and not widely used in the conflict. See more »

Goofs

Whenever a Soviet Polikarpov I-16 fighter strafes the Finnish positions, it uses it's wing cannons, yet there are no explosions. Polikarpov I-16 fighters have 2.0cm ShVAK cannons in their wings which fire explosive ammunition, so there should be explosions. See more »

Quotes

Vilho Erkkilä: They use explosive bullets! That's forbidden!
Arvi Huhtala: Go tell them it is.
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Alternate Versions

5×50min TV-series includes some extra scenes not shown in the original theatre release. See more »

Connections

Followed by Ameriikan raitti (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Luutnantti Haaviston teema
Composed by Jukka Haavisto
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Hollywood take note
19 May 2001 | by wille66See all my reviews

Why are the Europeans so much better at producing hard hitting, gritty war films than those in Hollywood? I wish I knew. Talvisota is an excellent example of this and is infinitely better than what has been produced in the U.S. If you have seen "Saving Private Ryan" or "Enemy at the Gates" and think you have seen the best...you're sadly mistaken. Talvisota and other such films as the German film "Stalingrad" or the French film "Capitaine Conan" are much better at presenting the absolute horror of war and the desperation felt by those men forced to face combat.

I am looking forward to the release of "Pearl Harbor" but am afraid it too will only reinforce what I have stated here.

Rent Talvisota and hopefully you will agree that it is one of the better war films in terms of accuracy and unvarnished drama.


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