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Dead or Alive 1918 (2012)

Taistelu Näsilinnasta 1918 (original title)
"The Battle of Nasilinna 1918" - depicting the Finnish Civil War from the White army's point of view. Lieutenant Melin's soldiers mission is to penetrate the heart of the city and overtake the Nasilinna Palace from the Reds.

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Claes Olsson
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Nicke Lignell Nicke Lignell ... Erik Gunnar Melin
Anton Häggblom Anton Häggblom ... Boström
Petter Kevin Petter Kevin ... Holm
Willhelm Grotenfelt Willhelm Grotenfelt ... Lundström
Thomas Holm Thomas Holm ... Oskar Backström
Mathias Asplund Mathias Asplund ... Johannes Fagerholm (as Mattias Asplund)
Markus Wilson Markus Wilson ... Oskar Åbb
Mike Nordlund Mike Nordlund ... John Häger
Fredrik Westblom Fredrik Westblom ... Oskar Nybacka
Anders Ek Anders Ek ... Viljam Haglund
Axel Hanses Axel Hanses ... Karl Evert Häggblom
Frank Nylund Frank Nylund ... Kurt Korsbäck
David Grandell David Grandell ... Johannes Mattans
Roy Mäki-Fränti Roy Mäki-Fränti ... Oskar Mattans
Jan Holm Jan Holm ... Oskar Nordling
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"The Battle of Nasilinna 1918" - depicting the Finnish Civil War from the White army's point of view. Lieutenant Melin's soldiers mission is to penetrate the heart of the city and overtake the Nasilinna Palace from the Reds.

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Kotimaani ompi Suomi
Written by Jooseppi Riippa
Arranged by Yari
Performed by Laura Kaljunen
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Fascinating and Troubling
9 November 2012 | by pmaltSee all my reviews

For a history buff as I am, this was a very unforgiving work of high integrity, I believe. I am still aghast at the brutality of WWI; there are so many untold stories that are being further elided with the passage of time. The longstanding conflict between Russia and Finland is not well known to Americans. The focus on the war in France overshadows the other battlefronts too. This story does not really spend any time on character development, but focuses on one small, cruel action on the periphery of The Great War, as it was known.

I have to remind myself how Finland was beaten up by Russia over the years because the alliance with the Nazis during WWII has sullied Finland for many Americans. As I understand, the Finns were really caught between two awful choices, and they chose the Germans to avoid allying themselves with the much-hated Russians. (That's a real oversimplification.) Anyway, this film was unrelentingly brutal and sad, exemplifying the terrible waste of life, the confusion, the hopelessness and pointlessness and impersonal nature of war. A troupe of young patriots try to hold off the encroaching Russian forces and in so doing are killed or wounded in various terrible ways. They show great courage, cruelty and brotherhood. Some of the background photos and film are authentic, and it always gives one an eerie and wrenchingly sad feeling to see these poor souls trapped in vicious circumstances, their lives and hopes and individuality swept away by History.


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Official Sites:

Official site [Finland]

Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish | Swedish

Release Date:

23 March 2012 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Tampere, Finland

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Budget:

EUR800,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$121,687
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