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The Unknown Soldier (1955)
"Tuntematon sotilas" (original title)

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It is the summer of 1941. An eastern-Finnish machine gun company receives an order to turn in their surplus equipment. The company is transferred to the front lines. The next morning the ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kosti Klemelä ...
Heikki Savolainen ...
Reino Tolvanen ...
Veikko Sinisalo ...
Åke Lindman ...
Pentti Siimes ...
Leo Riuttu ...
Kaarlo Halttunen ...
Matti Ranin ...
Jussi Jurkka ...
Tauno Palo ...
Pentti Irjala ...
Martti Romppanen ...
Tapio Hämäläinen ...


It is the summer of 1941. An eastern-Finnish machine gun company receives an order to turn in their surplus equipment. The company is transferred to the front lines. The next morning the soldiers wake to the sound of guns - the war has begun. The Finnish troops attack and quickly move across the border. The young, nervous rookies of the company get their baptism of fire, and the men become familiar with death and the hardships of war. Under strength and badly equipped they fight a superior enemy. The lists of heroes and of the dead seem endless. Edvin Laine's epic interpretation of Väinö Linna's war novel "Tuntematon Sotilas" is an entire chapter in the book of Finnish movie history. Written by Peter Lagerstrom

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Release Date:

23 December 1955 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Az ismeretlen katona  »

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FIM 46,667,761 (estimated)

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Åke Lindman was so fed up with playing villains and bad guys that he would have liked to play Koskela, who was the most rightful character in the film. But he ended up playing Lehto, the bad guy of the movie. In spite of his dis-likeness of the character, Lindman was awarded with Jussi-Prize for the role. See more »


Asumaniemi: [when being shot in the chest] It's on the left... The heart is on the left side!
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Elämää juoksuhaudoissa
Music: Finnish traditional
Lyrics by Usko Kemppi
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4 March 2005 | by (Norway) – See all my reviews

Being a swede myself and reading politi kasses interpretation of this movie as soviet propaganda makes me embarrassed. Of course it isn't! Probably he has never seen a soviet propaganda movie? Talking about propaganda I would say "Band of Brothers" contains more American propaganda than this movie contains soviet propaganda - even though Band of Brothers is a fantastic creation. I always find it refreshing to see war movies from other countries than USA. Often the consequences and moral issues of war are more much more interesting. Almost everyone in Europe knows somebody who fought in the war or suffered the consequences. Europeans saw their continent blow into pieces. Thats why we love anti-heroic movies like Das Boot and Stalingrad - and this one. By the way, how often do you see Finnish soldiers in movies? 10 out of 10.

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