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1944: The Final Defence (2007)

Tali-Ihantala 1944 (original title)
The Soviet army breaks through the Finnish defences on the Karelian Isthmus in June 1944, advancing with overwhelming force. Somehow, the Finnish troops must find the strength to fight back... See full summary »


Åke Lindman, Sakari Kirjavainen (co-director)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rauno Ahonen Rauno Ahonen ... Lieutenant Colonel
Mikkomarkus Ahtiainen Mikkomarkus Ahtiainen
Frank Biermann Frank Biermann
Jussi Brech Jussi Brech
Mikko Bredenberg Mikko Bredenberg ... Captain Carl-Birger Kvikant
Riko Eklundh Riko Eklundh ... Colonel Sven Björkman
Marc Gassot Marc Gassot ... Sergeant Reino Lehväslaiho
Marcus Groth Marcus Groth ... Major General Ruben Lagus
Johan Hallström Johan Hallström ... Second Lieutenant Thorbjörnsson
Kari Hevossaari Kari Hevossaari ... Lieutenant Puhakka
Aku Hirviniemi Aku Hirviniemi
Antti Holma Antti Holma
Jani Honkaselkä Jani Honkaselkä
Markku Hyvönen Markku Hyvönen ... Lance Corporal Ville Väisänen
Janne Hyytiäinen ... Major of Air-force


The Soviet army breaks through the Finnish defences on the Karelian Isthmus in June 1944, advancing with overwhelming force. Somehow, the Finnish troops must find the strength to fight back, with all odds against them. The Battle of Tali-Ihantala was the largest battle ever fought in the history of the Nordic countries. This film depicts the true events through five separate stories. Written by vake

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Duty, betrayal, sacrifice See more »


Drama | History | War


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The premise was to make a film about the battle itself, filmed in a documentary style. Therefore the story has an episodic structure and no real lead character. Co-director Sakari Kirjavainen explains that in many scenes the camera "just happens to be there". See more »


[last lines]
Mannerheim: Perhaps I should go to bed.
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Oi kallis Suomenmaa
Composed by Timo Hietala / Trad.
Lyrics by Heikki Klemetti
Arranged by Timo Hietala
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This a wonderful movie about a little-known war.
30 June 2014 | by brianshoebridge1See all my reviews

I really don't understand why this movie does not rate much, much more highly. It seems that Finns are the harshest critics. While they may have their reasons, for a wider audience I can't think of many better films on WW2. (I am Australian btw).

This is a detailed, gripping retelling of a little known war. The attention to detail is outstanding, whether it is the tanks, the scenes, the positions or the thinking behind it all. For a minor language film (sorry Finns but it is the case) it is particularly lavish in quality, scope & depth.

No, it is not a character drama. To be honest, the characters are only to hold the wider story together. If character drama is what you are after, look elsewhere or be disappointed. That is NOT what Tali- Inhatala is all about. I get the feeling that this movie was intended to be a statement for history & future generations - "this is what happened & how". It succeeds remarkably well in achieving this.

A superb movie & historical record. Very, very highly recommended.

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Finnish | Swedish | German

Release Date:

7 December 2007 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Battle for Finland: Tali-Ihantala 1944 See more »

Filming Locations:

Finland See more »


Box Office


EUR3,200,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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