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Sign of the Beast (1981)

Pedon merkki (original title)
Follows several Finnish officers and soldiers during World War II, mainly in the Finnish headquarters.


Jaakko Pakkasvirta


Jaakko Pakkasvirta (screenplay), Timo Humaloja (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Esko Salminen ... Kaarlo
Irina Milan Irina Milan ... Karin Weger
Tom Wentzel Tom Wentzel ... Helmut von Stein
Hannu Lauri Hannu Lauri ... Olavi Paavolainen
Vesa-Matti Loiri Vesa-Matti Loiri ... Usko
Kalevi Kahra Kalevi Kahra ... Vääpeli
Esa Pakarinen Jr. Esa Pakarinen Jr. ... TK-kuvaaja
Jukka-Pekka Palo Jukka-Pekka Palo ... Luutnantti Valonen
Martti Pennanen Martti Pennanen ... Kenraaliluutnantti
Yrjö Parjanne Yrjö Parjanne ... Tiedotuskomppanian päällikkö
Matti Tuominen Matti Tuominen ... Rintamaupseeri
Harri Tirkkonen Harri Tirkkonen ... Eversti
Jack Witikka Jack Witikka ... Eversti
Elina Salo ... Sairaanhoitaja
Marja-Leena Kouki Marja-Leena Kouki ... Maalaistalon emäntä


Follows several Finnish officers and soldiers during World War II, mainly in the Finnish headquarters.

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Not your average war movie
2 September 2002 | by pinkertin1See all my reviews

This is a very touching movie about war. I saw it last spring at a small film festival in Turku. I was very surprised that I hadn't known about this film before, because I am very familiar Finnish films in general. Even though it can't be labelled as an anti-war movie, it has a very strong anti-war feel to it. It doesn't preach or moralize, and the audience is left alone to judge themselves. It is also a sad reminder of the fact that Finns allied with the Nazis and were partners in crime. Sometimes it feels like it's a sensitive subject to Finns, something that you don't speak out loud. This movie doesn't speak out loud either, it only whispers. It whispers many things and leaves you with something to think about. But sometimes it's not what you see or hear, but rather what is left unspoken. This is a kind of movie that does just that.

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Release Date:

25 September 1981 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Vilddjurets märke See more »

Filming Locations:

Espoo, Finland See more »

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Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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