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Total Balalaika Show (1994)

A 57 minute documentary of a Helsinki concert featuring the Leningrad Cowboys and the Alexandrov Red Army Choir and Ballet, who collaborate on a number of US Rock songs sung in English (... See full summary »

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... Themselves, choir
... Himself (as Leningrad Cowboys)
Ben Granfelt ... Himself (as Leningrad Cowboys)
... Himself (as Leningrad Cowboys)
... Himself (as Leningrad Cowboys)
... Himself (as Leningrad Cowboys)
Ekke Niiva ... Himself (as Leningrad Cowboys)
Jyri Närvänen ... Himself (as Leningrad Cowboys)
... Himself (as Leningrad Cowboys)
... Himself (as Leningrad Cowboys)
Mauri Sumén ... Himself (as Leningrad Cowboys)
... Himself (as Leningrad Cowboys)
Igor Agafonnikov ... Himself, Conductor
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A 57 minute documentary of a Helsinki concert featuring the Leningrad Cowboys and the Alexandrov Red Army Choir and Ballet, who collaborate on a number of US Rock songs sung in English (like "Sweet Home, Alabama") as well as more traditional Russian songs like the "Volga Boatman". Written by Maple-2

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2 July 1994 (Finland)  »

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Follows Leningrad Cowboys Meet Moses (1994) See more »

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The Volga Boatmen's Song
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Cowboys set Helsinki on Fire
25 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

This 1993 concert is absolutely awesome. The Leningrad Cowboys gave the Finnish people a lot for their money. Backed by the Alexandrov Red Army Choir, they set Helsinki on fire on that night in June.

Covers of The Turtles, Bob Dylan, Tom Jones, and ZZ Top are just a small aspect of this "rockumentary". (Their version of "Those Were The Days" has to be seen to be believed)

Bravo to Kaurismaki, a world-class director who achieved something really special with this concert film. It's hard to find these days, but if you can track it down, you will be in for a serious treat.


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