Borrowing Matchsticks

Borrowing Matchsticks (Russian: За спичками, romanizedZa spichkami, Finnish: Tulitikkuja lainaamassa) is a SovietFinnish comedy film produced by Mosfilm and Suomifilm in 1980. Film based on the novel by Algot Untola.

Borrowing Matchsticks
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Directed byLeonid Gaidai
Risto Orko
Written byOriginal play:
Algot Untola
Leonid Gaidai
Tapio Vilpponen
Vladlen Bakhnov
Risto Orko
StarringYevgeny Leonov
Vyacheslav Nevinny
Georgy Vitsin
Rita Polster
Ritva Valkama
Sergey Filippov
Music byAleksandr Zatsepin
Release date
  • 1980 (1980)
Running time
94 min (Soviet version)
100 min (Finnish version)
CountrySoviet Union
LanguageRussian / Finnish


Antti Ihalainen (Yevgeny Leonov) lives happily on the farm with his wife Anna-Lisa (Rita Polster). Once, when the house ran out of matches and the Ihalainens had nothing to make a fire for cooking coffee so loved by the Finns, Anna-Lisa sent her husband to a neighbor Hyväarinen (Sergei Filippov) for matches.

On the way Ihalainen meets an old friend Jussi Vatanen (Vyacheslav Nevinny). Widower Jussi asks Ihalainen woo him Hyväarinen's daughter Anna-Kaisa (Vera Ivleva). When they came to visit Hyväarinen, Antti praised his friend for a long time ("the meat in the house Vatanen is never depleted, even in summer") and finally uttered the sacred words: "And why not Anna-Kaisa to marry Jussi Vatanen?". The Hyuvyarinens were enthusiastic about this idea. Antti had forgotten what was the original purpose of his visit to the Hyväarinens.

Meanwhile, tailor Tahvo Kennonen (Georgy Vitsin) from a nearby town in a drunken conversation with a customer tells that long ago he liked Anna-Lisa, but Antti Ihalainen ahead of him. Tahvo Kennonen plans to see his old sweetheart.

Ihalainen between said Jussi successful courtship, and the friends decide to go into the city – to buy gifts for the bride's family, including grain spirit (vodka) for the old man Hyväarinen. In order to avoid buying a new bottle of this product, Jussi found an old one in the attic.

The friends Antti and Jussi themselves for 10 years as a "tied" to drink, because 10 years before, being drunk, they fought with a miller, he broke four ribs, and then for every broken miller's rib the friends had to give him a cow. Since then, they quit drinking.

Sadly, the bottle wasn't empty. Although Jussi suggested to "pour this stuff," two friends drank it and then went to town drunk. Got to meet them tailor Tahvo Kenanen they intimidated and nearly beat him. Known gossiper Ville Huttunen (Olavi Ahonen), who also caught them on the road, they jokingly said that they were going to America. Ville Huttunen was quick to spread the news throughout the district. The rumor came to the ears, and Anna-Lisa, who has already begun to worry about why the husband is not so long back from the neighbors. And inspired by this news Tahvo Kennonen in a hurry to make a marriage proposal, "the rest of the widow" Anne-Lisa. At this time, Antti and Jussi, arriving in the city, it is not in a hurry to go home. When Ihalainen finally returned, and saw his wife's new husband, that it came out sideways ...


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