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Ambush (1999)

Rukajärven tie (original title)
Not Rated | | War, Drama | 22 January 1999 (Finland)
Set during the World War 2. In the summer of 1941 the Finnish army crosses the border of Russia. A platoon led by Lt. Eero Perkola goes through the wilderness around the Lieksa lake to ... See full summary »

Director:

Olli Saarela

Writers:

Olli Saarela, Antti Tuuri (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Franzén ... Lieutenant Eero Perkola
Irina Björklund ... Lotta Kaarina Vainikainen
Kari Heiskanen Kari Heiskanen ... Lance Corporal Jussi Lukkari
Taisto Reimaluoto Taisto Reimaluoto ... Corporal Unto Saarinen
Kari Väänänen ... Corporal Tauno Snicker
Tommi Eronen ... Private Simo Karppinen
Pekka Heikkinen Pekka Heikkinen ... Corporal Evert Rönkkö
Pekka Huotari Pekka Huotari ... Private Martti Raassina
Tero Jartti Tero Jartti ... Private Moilanen
Rauno Juvonen ... Private Hämäläinen
Arttu Kapulainen ... Private Ville Snicker
Matti Laitinen Matti Laitinen ... Private Knihti
Petri Manninen Petri Manninen ... Private Ahti Heikkinen
Kristo Salminen ... Private Kukkonen
Kari-Pekka Toivonen Kari-Pekka Toivonen ... Private Leinonen
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Set during the World War 2. In the summer of 1941 the Finnish army crosses the border of Russia. A platoon led by Lt. Eero Perkola goes through the wilderness around the Lieksa lake to search for Russian defensive positions. The platoon kills some Russian civilians and rests in a newly conquered village. There Lt. Perkola meets his fiancée Kaarina, who is serving in the Women's Auxilary Corps (Lotta). Then the platoon continues with the mission, but a message about Kaarina's possible death reaches Lt. Perkola. The message causes Perkola to become distracted during the mission. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

War | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish | Italian | Russian

Release Date:

22 January 1999 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Ambush See more »

Filming Locations:

Hyrynsalmi, Finland

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Budget:

FIM12,614,904 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The movie is loosely based on a book by Antti Tuuri, a true war story. The script was altered a lot from the original book, though, removing it slightly further from true events. See more »

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Featured in Matka suomalaiseen elokuvaan: Muistoja sodasta (2006) See more »

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Una Furtiva Lagrima
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Blue-white power?
18 February 1999 | by QCineSee all my reviews

Ok, "Rukajärven tie" was indeed a great war-film with several astounding scenes, but something started to annoy me in the latter half of the film. Oh yeah: why do the "Ryssäs" die like flies and Finnish soldiers in slow-motion, like real heroes (which don't simply exist in war). Well, this is another veteran-pleaser from writer Antti Tuuri, but a lot better than "Talvisota" (Winter War). Very good, but not perfect.


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