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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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Producer T.J. Särkkä tried to evade the tax man in a weird way by spending the profits from this film in a large number of quickie movies. This, in part, led to his company's downfall. 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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Version of The Unknown Soldier (1985) See more »

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Elämää juoksuhaudoissa
Music: Finnish traditional
Lyrics by Usko Kemppi
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Simply The Best
3 May 2004 | by (Järvenpää,Finland) – See all my reviews

There is no better war-film ever made in history. This ruthless Saga of Finland struggling against former Super Power of the world is just heavy true story. You can almost feel the fear in finnish soldiers who are doing all they can to stop russians march. Movie is fullfilled with black humor what is so common even todays finns behaviour, when they find themselves in though position. I watch this movie every year, cause I like it so much, and I´m not even a patriot or like so much about war movies in general. I recommend this movie to all. "Tuntematon sotilas" (The Unknown Soldier) is a made from the book with same name on it and I think book is even better, but of course you can´t ever compete with a movie against book (Sorry about my poor english).


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