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Tali-Ihantala 1944 (2007)

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 »

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Åke Lindman, Sakari Kirjavainen (co-director)
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Cast

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
Antti Holma Antti Holma
Jani Honkaselkä Jani Honkaselkä
Markku Hyvönen Markku Hyvönen ... Lance Corporal Ville Väisänen
Janne Hyytiäinen ... Major of Air-force
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Storyline

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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The true story of a nation's final stand See more »

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Drama | History | War

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish | Swedish | German

Release Date:

7 December 2007 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

1944: The Final Defence See more »

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Budget:

€3,200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Carl XVI Gustaf, the King of Sweden, awarded The Order of the Polar Star for director Åke Lindman, screenwriter Stefan Forss and Jyrki Hägglund, who was a treasurer of the support association behind the project, in 2007. Tali-Ihantala 1944 and especially its companion film Etulinjan edessä raised the awareness of the Swedish volunteers in the Continuation War. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Mannerheim: Perhaps I should go to bed.
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Soundtracks

Oi kallis Suomenmaa
Composed by Timo Hietala / Trad.
Lyrics by Heikki Klemetti
Arranged by Timo Hietala
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A Monument, created to be as it should stand
13 February 2008 | by Shaolin_ApuSee all my reviews

Best thing about watching Tali-Ihantala is that you get to watch a different type of war movie after a while. The old school movie mandatorily adds women and children to plotwise useless roles to create the so called drama, but in Tali-Ihantala you get no Rambos, no cheese, no political ubercorrectness and nothing else but just war as it realistically should be, within production limitations of course.

The barrenness of no prolonged drama sequences and no main characters may strike some people as cinematographically unwise, but Tali-Ihantala is not the first war movie to use such a feature. Similar approach was used in "Thin Red Line" where there was no main characters either, but Tali-Ihantala tries not to be artsy and go too far. It comes close to a documentary but, in fact, it still is far from being a documentary.

Another film Tali-Ihantala is very close to is the "Longest Day", although the Soviet Union side is only shown as the enemy and only Finns will have any dialogue. The strenghts of the movie include fact that every main character has a historical counterpart, and a lot of authentic equipment was used in the making. The weaknesses are the limited production resources but every actor seem to do his best regardless of how amateur he is.

It is a great film, more close to actual history than "Tuntematon Sotilas" if you just allow yourself to accept it.


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