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1944: The Final Defence (2007)

Tali-Ihantala 1944 (original title)
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 »

Directors:

Åke Lindman, Sakari Kirjavainen (co-director)
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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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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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Trivia

The movie was made using a wide array of genuine wartime vehicles. Some of the tanks used were actual individual vehicles which had participated in the actual real life, including Stug Ausf III German assault gun and T-34-85's, Russian medium tank. Also used was a Focke-Wulf Fw 190 replica, made by the German company Flug Werk. 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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Where's the story?
16 January 2008 | by David IgraSee all my reviews

As always when making a film out of historical events one is challenged with the task of trying to engage the audience, usually by adding characters or embellishing characters already available thus allowing the viewer to relate and or follow the characters throughout the film.

This film is bold enough not to fall for such obvious flirtations with the audience, it has little more story than the historical facts and the characters that appear do so just very briefly. All too briefly for anyone in the audience to remember little more than a name, maybe a rank.

All in all it becomes a rather confusing experience with names and ranks and orders flying around in the Finnish forest with the only exception of a Russian tank blowing up, or was it a Finnish tank?


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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:

Battle for Finland: Tali-Ihantala 1944 See more »

Filming Locations:

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Budget:

EUR3,200,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,477,250
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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