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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 »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lieutenant Eero Perkola
... Lotta Kaarina Vainikainen
Kari Heiskanen ... Lance Corporal Jussi Lukkari
Taisto Reimaluoto ... Corporal Unto Saarinen
... Corporal Tauno Snicker
... Private Simo Karppinen
Pekka Heikkinen ... Corporal Evert Rönkkö
Pekka Huotari ... Private Martti Raassina
Tero Jartti ... Private Moilanen
... Private Hämäläinen
... Private Ville Snicker
Matti Laitinen ... Private Knihti
Petri Manninen ... Private Ahti Heikkinen
... Private Kukkonen
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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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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Written by Gioachino Rossini
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A superb and gripping war movie.
23 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

A good portrayal of the Finno-Russian conflict. What is really thrilling is that it also, in my opinion, gives a good view of the Finish character referred to as "SISU". The movie also isn't plagued by the typical American film clichés. Don't miss this one, and I hope that subtitling outside Scandinavia is good enough to do the Finnish soldiers justice. Their temperament really comes alive with their lines.


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