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Tuntematon sotilas (1955)

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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Az ismeretlen katona  »

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FIM 46,667,761 (estimated)
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Rokka, Hietanen, Honkajoki, Lahtinen and Koskela are the only characters, whose first names are mentioned in the film (Antero 'Antti' Rokka, Urho Hietanen, Yrjö Lahtinen, Vilho 'Ville' Koskela). See more »

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Lehto: You fucking bastard! What are you making faces for?
Riitaoja: I'm not making faces, Corporal Sir!
Lehto: Corporal Sir! Corporal Sir! You won't get away with me by calling me 'Sir'!
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Featured in 'Tuntemattoman sotilaan' tekijä Väinö Linna (1955) See more »

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Ikkunasta katselin kun höyrylaiva seilaa, Aura-joen siliätä pintaa
Sung by Heikki Savolainen
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I think it is sad...
30 July 2003 | by (Kemin Maa, Finland) – See all my reviews

that someone wants to claim this movie, although it can be an "inner-circle-finnish" film, soviet propaganda. I merely would like to straighten out some facts that appeared on Politi Kasse's comment (that obviously was nothing more than a quarrelsome lie).

First, the finnish socialists did NOT join soviet partisans. The Finnish Social-democratic party had by WW2 become a party that represents political center. Some - and very few - finnish COMMUNISTS joined the partisans. It is true, however, that before the war the swedish government pressured Finland to surrender, to avoid a political conflict. And I think that was awful to hear when I first heard that, and I am very much offended of Politi Kasse's words.

Secondly, I, for one, was not forced to read the book in school. I read it two summers ago, and I don't recalled being TOLD to do so. Thirdly, that stuff about Renny Harlin having to flee to USA is ... well I won´t even dignify that with an answer.

I am deeply offended of Politi Kasse's comment, and although I file it under the rather inexhaustible file of Swedish Jealousy, I will reserve the right to make you EAT the print-out of your comment if we would ever happen to meet.

Yours, Tsulkaturin aka VP Hämäläinen, Keminmaa Finland.


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