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Here, Beneath the North Star (1968)

Täällä Pohjantähden alla (original title)
Täällä Pohjantähden alla is based on the book with the same title. It is a story of the little village. The movie starts in the 1890's and it ends to the Finnish civil war in 1918. Story ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aarno Sulkanen Aarno Sulkanen ... Akseli Koskela
Titta Karakorpi Titta Karakorpi ... Elina Koskela
Risto Taulo Risto Taulo ... Jussi Koskela
Anja Pohjola Anja Pohjola ... Alma Koskela
Eero Keskitalo Eero Keskitalo ... Aleksi Koskela
Paavo Pentikäinen Paavo Pentikäinen ... Aku Koskela
Kauko Helovirta Kauko Helovirta ... Otto Kivivuori
Mirjam Novero Mirjam Novero ... Anna Kivivuori
Esa Saario Esa Saario ... Janne Kivivuori
Pekka Autiovuori Pekka Autiovuori ... Oskari Kivivuori
Kalevi Kahra Kalevi Kahra ... Adolf Halme
Asta Backman Asta Backman ... Emma Halme
Rose-Marie Precht Rose-Marie Precht ... Ellen Salpakari
Matti Ranin Matti Ranin ... Lauri Salpakari
Martti Järvinen Martti Järvinen ... Ilmari Salpakari
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Täällä Pohjantähden alla is based on the book with the same title. It is a story of the little village. The movie starts in the 1890's and it ends to the Finnish civil war in 1918. Story concentrates around a tenant farmer family, although it gives us a good look at the society at whole. While the class struggle depends, people of the village are driven to bloody civil war. Written by Ville Kulmala <tapi@sci.fi>

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Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

September 1973 (USA) See more »

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Here, Beneath the North Star See more »

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FIM900,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Night battle scene at the end of the movie is based on thrue events at the battle of Syrjäntaka at Tuulos, Finland. This battle was fought between Finnish Red Guards and Imperial German forces at April 28-29 1918. See more »

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Finnish history in a moving picture
30 May 2007 | by Petey-10See all my reviews

Täällä Pohjantähden alla (1968) tells the history as it happened.The story starts from the 1890's and later it moves to the year 1918.That was the year of the civil war in Finland.The Red Guard and The White Guard are the two sides and they start brutally killing each other.The movie concentrates on the side that lost, The Reds.It shows us The Koskela family with the hardworking tenant farmer Jussi (Risto Taulo) as the head of the family.His wife is Alma (Anja Pohjola).Paavo Pentikäinen is August and Eero Keskitalo is Aleksis.The main part has been given to Akseli Koskela, who's brilliantly played by Aarno Sulkanen.The movie is based on the first two books of the novel trilogy written by Väinö Linna.It was directed by Edvin Laine just like other Linna novel Tuntematon sotilas.There are also some actors who were in both of those movies.There are Matti Ranin (Lauri Salpakari), Veikko Sinisalo (Anton Kustaa Laurila), Kaarlo Halttunen (Preeti Leppänen), Olavi Ahonen (Lauri Kivioja), Kosti Klemelä (Rural police chief), Mikko Niskanen (Military judge) and Tapio Hämäläinen (E.Hellberg).Other names in the movie include Titta Karakorpi (Elina Koskela), Kalevi Kahra (Tailor Adolf Halme), Rose-Marie Precht (Ellen Salpakari), Kauko Helovirta (Otto Kivivuori), Elsa Turakainen (Henna Leppänen), Juhani Kumpulainen (A.Mellola), Asta Backman (Emma Halme), Heikki Kinnunen (Valenti Leppänen), Helge Herala (Vihtori Kivioja), Jyrki Kovaleff (Aadolf Heino), Ville Salminen (Granlund), Arvo Lehesmaa (Jalmari Kolu) and in smaller parts Katriina and Marjatta Rinne and Eila Roine.Matti Kassila is the narrator and he was also writing this movie.Each and every one of the actors does a great job.The movie is in many parts touching.It hurts to watch all that brutal killing, the executions.But then there's also the beautiful love story of Akseli and Elina.The beautiful tunes of 'Akselin ja Elinan häävalssi' can be heard in some parts.Täällä Pohjantähden alla is an important movie.It shows us the phase of history that should not be forgotten.


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