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Akseli ja Elina (1970)


Edvin Laine


Juho Gartz (screenplay), Georg Korkman (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aarno Sulkanen Aarno Sulkanen ... Akseli Koskela
Ulla Eklund Ulla Eklund ... Elina Koskela
Risto Taulo Risto Taulo ... Jussi Koskela
Anja Pohjola Anja Pohjola ... Alma Koskela
Mirjam Novero Mirjam Novero ... Anna Kivivuori
Kauko Helovirta Kauko Helovirta ... Otto Kivivuori
Esa Saario Esa Saario ... Janne Kivivuori
Rose-Marie Precht Rose-Marie Precht ... Ellen Salpakari
Matti Ranin Matti Ranin ... Lauri Salpakari
Maija-Leena Soinne Maija-Leena Soinne ... Aune Leppänen
Jussi Jurkka ... Siukola
Ilkka Keltanen Ilkka Keltanen ... Opettaja Pentti Rautajärvi
Martti Järvinen Martti Järvinen ... Ilmari Salpakari
Sini Sinervirta Sini Sinervirta ... Kaarina Koskela
Olavi Ahonen Olavi Ahonen ... Elias 'Elkku' Kankaanpää


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Release Date:

4 December 1970 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Akseli and Elina See more »


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FIM 1,857,900 (estimated)
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Fennada-Filmi See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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6 March 2012 | by Petey-10See all my reviews

Akseli Koskela returns from prison and tries to learn living again.He's not allowed to take part in politics anymore, but he sees a lot of injustice around him.He raises a family with his wife Elina.Akseli ja Elina (1970) is an Edvin Laine movie.Juho Gartz and a bunch of others are behind the screenplay.I read Väinö Linna's book trilogy a few months ago last year.Then I borrowed this film on a VHS, having seen it once before.It doesn't quite reach the level of the first part, Täällä Pohjantähden Alla (1968), but it still is a good movie.The acting work is great also in this part.Aarno Sulkanen plays also here Akseli Koskela.The actress who plays Elina here is Ulla Eklund.Her daughter Linda is seen on her lap.Sini Sinervirta and Ismo Vehkakoski are two of their children, Kaarina and Vilho.Risto Taulo and Anja Pohjola are Jussi and Alma Koskela.Mirjam Novero and Kauko Helovirta are Anna and Otto Kivivuori.Esa Saario is their son Janne.Matti Ranin and Rose-Marie Precht are Lauri and Ellen Salpakari.Martti Järvinen plays their son Ilmari.Maija-Leena Soinne is Aune Leppänen and Matti Pellonpää her son Valtu.Her parents are played by Pentti Irjala and Elsa Turakainen.Jussi Jurkka plays Aarne Siukola.He won a Jussi award.Olavi Ahonen plays the part of Elkku.Risto Mäkelä is Lasse.Sakari Jurkka plays Toijala.Helge Herala and Ismo Kallio play the father-son team Vikki and Late Kivioja.Taneli Rinne is Arvo Töyry.Juhani Kumpulainen is A. Mellola.Kosti Klemelä is Nimismies.Katriina Rinne plays Sanni Kivivuori.The late great singer Erkki Junkkarinen is heard singing "Akselin ja Elinan häävalssi".The movie has a lot of good.The war scenes work.Akseli's nightmare scene brings a little surrealism in the movie.I really enjoyed the singing scene by Lasse.This also works somewhat as a history lesson, like the first part did.

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