The Winter War (1989)

  |  Drama, History, War


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


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Director:

Pekka Parikka

Writers:

Pekka Parikka, Antti Tuuri (novel), Antti Tuuri (screenplay)

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31 March 2001 | darkmage7280
9
| When Hell freezes over.
This movie explores the mostly unknown, and extremely bloody part of Second World War, the Soviet invasion of Finland in 1939-40. For 105 days the Finns fought a numerically superior enemy before the war ended with 25,000 Finns and over 200,000 Russians dead. Forget Saving Private Ryan and The Thin Red Line, this movie shows what desperate war against overwhelming odds is about; desperation, lack of ammunition, constant bombardment, and nothing but your wits and your rifle to help you survive. Rightfully, the horrors of war are shown having effect on both sides; Finns are pinned down to the point of hardly living at all in dirt and constant fear of death, while Russians are mowed down in hundreds and mercilessly shot in the back. Excellent performances, good effects and marvelous photography makes this masterpiece not only one of the finest Finnish movies ever, but also a reminder that war is brutal, bloody, futile, and that it's the men on the front, Finnish or Russian, who have to die and bear the price for mankind's ultimate stupidity. Word of warning: violence is very graphic at times, especially in the close combat scenes.

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Details

Release Date:

December 1989

Language

Finnish


Country of Origin

Finland

Filming Locations

Haapamäki, Finland

Box Office

Budget:

FIM23,500,000 (estimated)

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