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The Winter War (1989)

Talvisota (original title)
In 1939, two Finnish brothers are conscripted in the army to fight in the war between Finland and the Soviet Union.

Director:

Pekka Parikka

Writers:

Pekka Parikka, Antti Tuuri (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Taneli Mäkelä Taneli Mäkelä ... Private Martti Hakala
Vesa Vierikko Vesa Vierikko ... 2nd Lieutenant Jussi Kantola
Timo Torikka ... Private Pentti Saari
Heikki Paavilainen Heikki Paavilainen ... Private Vilho Erkkilä
Antti Raivio Antti Raivio ... Corporal Erkki Somppi
Esko Kovero Esko Kovero ... Medical Corporal Juho Pernaa
Martti Suosalo ... Private Arvi Huhtala
Markku Huhtamo Markku Huhtamo ... Private Aatos Laitila
Matti Onnismaa Matti Onnismaa ... Corporal Veikko Korpela
Konsta Mäkelä Konsta Mäkelä ... Private Paavo Hakala
Tomi Salmela ... Private Matti Ylinen
Samuli Edelmann ... Private Mauri Haapasalo (as Samuli Edelman)
Vesa Mäkelä Vesa Mäkelä ... Lieutenant Yrjö Haavisto
Aarno Sulkanen Aarno Sulkanen ... Captain Sihvo - battalion commander
Kari Kihlström Kari Kihlström ... Lieutenant Jorma Potila
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Storyline

Set during World War 2. After Nazi Germany invaded Poland in September 1939, Russia attacked Finland in November 1939. Finnish reservists leave their homes and go to war. The film focuses on two farmers from the municipality of Kauhava in the province of Pohjanmaa/Ostrobothnia, brothers Martti and Paavo Hakala, serving in a Finnish platoon. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

They held back the Russian Juggernaut in a frozen Hell!

Genres:

Drama | History | War

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site (in Finnish)

Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

December 1989 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Winter War See more »

Filming Locations:

Haapamäki, Finland See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

FIM23,500,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

National Filmi Oy See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (International Cut) | (miniseries)

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The tanks used are original Soviet T-26, captured by the Finns during the Continuation War of 1941-44 and then used as the backbone of the Finnish tank forces. Several are in driving conditions in Finnish museums. See more »

Goofs

When the men chase after horses, one can briefly see an electric cable pole. It has a grounding wire with modern black-yellow coating. See more »

Quotes

Vilho Erkkilä: They use explosive bullets! That's forbidden!
Arvi Huhtala: Go tell them it is.
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Alternate Versions

5×50min TV-series includes some extra scenes not shown in the original theatre release. See more »

Connections

Follows Pohjanmaa (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Jääkärimarssi
Composed by Jean Sibelius
Lyrics by Heikki Nurmio
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One Of The Most Realistic War Movies Ever Made
21 April 2005 | by carol-160See all my reviews

The subject is the little-known war between Finland and Russia in WWII. It is hard to imagine such a small country standing up against mighty Russia, but it happened. You get a vivid sense of the despair and carnage of fighting against overwhelming odds. The random nature of combat also strikes hard. The visuals are graphic and stunning without being over dramatized. The craziness of war is brought home by a Finnish soldier who laughingly lights up a cigarette after having his uniform set aflame by a Russian tank. Quiet moments off the battlefield intersperse the intense battle scenes. If you are a war movie fan then this is a must-see movie!

Reviewed was the English sub-titled version. For anyone primarily fluent in English it is quite interesting to hear dialogue in Finnish, a language far removed from English.


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