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Suomen Marsalkka (2012)

A film about Gustaf Mannerheim, Marshall and 6th President of Finland.


Gilbert K. Lukalia (as Gilbert Lukalia)


Sam Kihiu, Erkko Lyytinen (based on an original idea by) | 5 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Telley Savalas Otieno Telley Savalas Otieno ... Gustaf Mannerheim
Beatrice Wangui Beatrice Wangui ... Anastacia
Ruth Maingi Ruth Maingi ... Maria
Jacky Vike Jacky Vike ... Kitty
Carl Muniafu Carl Muniafu ... young Gustaf
Mukani Njiru Mukani Njiru ... Godmother (as Njiru Mukami)
Betty Kathungu Betty Kathungu ... Kitty's friend
Gitura Kamau Gitura Kamau ... Priest
Gilbert K. Lukalia Gilbert K. Lukalia ... Eliud (as Gilbert Lukalia)
Valerie Achieng Valerie Achieng ... Child in the barn
Denis Alusa Denis Alusa ... Child in the barn
Esperana Amtavi Esperana Amtavi ... Child in the barn
Victoria Gecaga Victoria Gecaga ... Child in the barn
Immaculate Jael Immaculate Jael ... Child in the barn
Irene Ngome Irene Ngome ... Child in the barn


Long time ago, there lived a man whose name was Gustaf Mannerheim, better known as the Marshal of Finland. He was given this title following his courage as an army man; he fought for the freedom of his small country, struggling to keep its independency. As small nations always do, this nation needed a true hero, and Gustaf was the true hero of them: brave, ambitious, successful. But what are the things a hero must always sacrifice? How can you live normal life if you think your country needs you more than your family? Gustaf became the most beloved person in his country and the nation loved him, he had succeeded to become the greatest soldier there ever was, but he still had lost the most important thing in his life - love. This is the story about an extraordinary man captured inside the great legend, who was longing for ordinary life, love and peace. But as we know it, life is like a mountain - there are ups and there are downs. Written by The Marshal of Finland

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hero | love | finland | story | marshal | See All (37) »





Official Sites:

Official site [Finland]


Finland | Estonia | Kenya


English | Swahili

Release Date:

28 September 2012 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Marskalken av Finland See more »

Filming Locations:

Kenya See more »


Box Office


€20,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Telley Savalas won the 2014 Kalasha Award for the Best Lead Actor from The Kenya Film Commission. See more »


Referenced in Mannerheim kuulee (2014) See more »


Composed by Jean Sibelius
Lyrics by V.A. Koskenniemi
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A misguided attempt at provocation.
23 February 2017 | by tragedian-828-969949See all my reviews

The movie fails in every way imaginable. The story is straight forward love story, told from the view of the main character, which becomes hard to follow and boring.

The movies is irritating to view at, often looking muddy, out of focus, and with outdoor scenes changing from bright and colorful, to dark and muddy, simply when the camera changes position.

The acting is serviceable at best. With the child actors sometimes looking at the camera and the adult actors looking like they would rather do something else.

It's obvious that the makers of this movie did not care about the subject matter and wanted to make the movie as fast as possible, as cheap as possible, with the whole premise being: "Let's change Mannerheim from a white Finn, into a black Kenyan.", which worked for them, in the sense that they got a lot of media coverage for it.

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