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The Winter War

Pekka Parikan Elokuva

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Dec. 12: Winter War 1939-1940: Finland's Days of Honour Exhibition - About & Gallery


  • Actors: Antti Raivio, Esko Kovero, Heikki Paavilainen, Martti Suosalo, Matti Onnismaa
  • Director: Pekka Parikka
  • Format: Import, PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: Finnish
  • Subtitles: English

  • EAN: 6415018606696
  • Region: (0) All Regions
  • Studio: Finnkino
  • Run Time: 191 minutes

Dvd is region free pal formatted. Finnish spoken with English Subtitles. Totally uncut and the best version there is available. In February 2011 the UK company, Scanbox Entertainment released this in the UK. Different packaging and still Finnish with English subtitles. The only differences are the UK version has been cut to just over 2 hours whereas this one is 3 hr 11 min and this one has bonus material (in Finnish though) which I have listed below. The UK release is cheaper though and you can find out more details and order it by clicking here.


WINTER WAR (1989 - 3 h 11 m)

Russia attacked Finland in late November 1939. This film tells the story of a Finnish platoon of reservists from the municipality of Kauhava in the province of Pohjanmaa/Osttrobottnia who leave their homes and go to war. The film focuses on the farmer brothers Martti and Paavo Hakala.

TALVISOTA (WINTER WAR) deals with the 1939-40 Russo-Finnish War, a largely forgotten conflict that was one of the most savage wars of the 20th century. The Soviet Union invaded Finland in November of 1939 when the Finns refused Stalin's demands to relinquish some of their territory in Karelia. The Finns were outnumbered 50-1 but fought with incredible courage and tenacity and inflicted a half million casualties on the Soviets before they were forced to capitulate in March of 1940. The Russians were equally brave but not as smart; they stormed well defended positions en mass and were mowed down by the hundreds. TALVISOTA brilliantly captures the horror and carnage of that war and all wars. Disturbing and depressing but also a gripping and deeply moving experience. Makes SAVING PRIVATE RYAN look like a walk in the park.

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!

My Finnish partner's late father took part in this war and I have seen the pictures and heard the stories. Let's put it this way: if you went down to the woods in them days you'd be in for a big surprise: hell on earth. The bravery of the Finnish soldiers was as extraordinary as anything that went on elsewhere in the 2nd World War - a war that deserves to be known by as many people as possible.

How about one of the greatest war movies from any country? Might have even influenced some of the recent US war movies to look more realistic with violence and the gritty and dirty look. Always seemed strange how clean the soldiers looked in old warmovies over here. Should be watched by almost everyone to learn some history. Not sure how few Americans know about the Finns kicking Soviet ass much less even where Finland is.

If you taught that "Saving Private Ryan" was a sad war film you haven`t seen anything yet. Movie opens as a group of Finnish soldiers are transported to eastern border of Finland to fight somewhat 50 times bigger and much better armored enemy Russia. Enemy is shot to dead like fly`s, but the movie contains only a bit of patriotism. Finland`s soldiers are not in a happy situation, there`s very little ammunition and own soldiers are getting low too.

More on the Winter War here.



PUOLUSTUSVOIMIEN DOKUMENTTIELOKUVAT: * Pommituskuvia ja Laatokan kollispuolen tapahtumia (kesto 11') * Katse eteenpain - jalleenrakennusta (kesto 8' 20")

YLEISRADION AANITEARKISTON SELOSTUKSET: * Tasavallan presidentti Kyosti Kallion itsenaisyyspaivan pube 6.12.1939. Aiheena soden syttyminen (kesto 6' 20")

*Tiedotuksia: VSS, poliisi, kansanhuoltoministerio - suojautuminen ilmahyokkaykselta, evakuointiohjeet jne. (kesto 4' 40")

Ensimmainen ilmahyokkays Helsinkiin 30.11.1939 Veikko Itkonen selostaa pommituksen tuhoja (kesto 3' 10")

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