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

 -  Drama | War  -  23 December 1955 (Finland)
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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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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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23 December 1955 (Finland)  »

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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 »

Quotes

Hauhia: How does it feel to shoot a human-being?
Rokka: I don't know. I have only shoot the enemies.
Hauhia: Aren't they human-beings?
Rokka: The wise men say that they aren't.
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Elämää juoksuhaudoissa
Music: Finnish traditional
Lyrics by Usko Kemppi
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A Gruesome Display
6 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

The Unknown Soldier is a cinematic epic as well as a Finnish film classic. Though I have never read the original novel its easy to see why many Finns find it so compelling. Also, generally as a film it is an extremely strong example of what Finnish cinema is capable of.

The movie is a grade-A example of a good war-film, that doesn't rely solely on gruesome imagery or battle footage, but is interesting because of its strong characterization. The characters in deed are the most memorable part of the movie, despite being somewhat over-blown. The over-all tone also varies nicely, between light-hearted humour as well as extremely bleak imagery.

In all the film has only two major weaknesses. First the slightly dragging narrative responsible for the over-all length of the film as well as occasional lack of authenticity. But even with these weaknesses the film delivers a powerful message.


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