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Ambush (1999)

Rukajärven tie (original title)
Not Rated | | War, Drama | 22 January 1999 (Finland)
Set during the World War 2. In the summer of 1941 the Finnish army crosses the border of Russia. A platoon led by Lt. Eero Perkola goes through the wilderness around the Lieksa lake to ... See full summary »

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Olli Saarela

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Olli Saarela, Antti Tuuri (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Franzén ... Lieutenant Eero Perkola
Irina Björklund ... Lotta Kaarina Vainikainen
Kari Heiskanen Kari Heiskanen ... Lance Corporal Jussi Lukkari
Taisto Reimaluoto Taisto Reimaluoto ... Corporal Unto Saarinen
Kari Väänänen ... Corporal Tauno Snicker
Tommi Eronen ... Private Simo Karppinen
Pekka Heikkinen Pekka Heikkinen ... Corporal Evert Rönkkö
Pekka Huotari Pekka Huotari ... Private Martti Raassina
Tero Jartti Tero Jartti ... Private Moilanen
Rauno Juvonen ... Private Hämäläinen
Arttu Kapulainen ... Private Ville Snicker
Matti Laitinen Matti Laitinen ... Private Knihti
Petri Manninen Petri Manninen ... Private Ahti Heikkinen
Kristo Salminen ... Private Kukkonen
Kari-Pekka Toivonen Kari-Pekka Toivonen ... Private Leinonen
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Set during the World War 2. In the summer of 1941 the Finnish army crosses the border of Russia. A platoon led by Lt. Eero Perkola goes through the wilderness around the Lieksa lake to search for Russian defensive positions. The platoon kills some Russian civilians and rests in a newly conquered village. There Lt. Perkola meets his fiancée Kaarina, who is serving in the Women's Auxilary Corps (Lotta). Then the platoon continues with the mission, but a message about Kaarina's possible death reaches Lt. Perkola. The message causes Perkola to become distracted during the mission. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

War | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish | Italian | Russian

Release Date:

22 January 1999 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Ambush See more »

Filming Locations:

Hyrynsalmi, Finland

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Budget:

FIM12,614,904 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The two leads of this movie, Peter Franzén and Irina Björklund are real life couple. They were married in 1996. They have 1 child. See more »

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Featured in Matka suomalaiseen elokuvaan: Muistoja sodasta (2006) See more »

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great film
31 July 2001 | by nstansfieldSee all my reviews

I saw this film at a Finnish cinema, with only swedish subtitles. As I can only speak a small amount of Finnish and no Swedish, I expected it to be an uncomfortable film to watch, but I found it uniquely interesting to watch a war film in which everyone spoke their own language, instead of an American with an accent. I would recommend this film to anyone.


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