The Winds of War (1983)

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The trials of the Henry and Jastrow families in the early years of World War II.

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Cast

Series cast summary:
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 Victor 'Pug' Henry (7 episodes, 1983)
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 Natalie Jastrow (7 episodes, 1983)
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 Byron Henry (7 episodes, 1983)
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 Aaron Jastrow (7 episodes, 1983)
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 Rhoda Henry (7 episodes, 1983)
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 Madeline Henry (7 episodes, 1983)
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 Leslie Slote (7 episodes, 1983)
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 Berel Jastrow (7 episodes, 1983)
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 Warren Henry (7 episodes, 1983)
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 Palmer 'Fred' Kirby (7 episodes, 1983)
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 Brigadier General Armin Von Roon / ... (7 episodes, 1983)
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 Pamela Tudsbury (7 episodes, 1983)
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William Woodson ...
 Narrator (7 episodes, 1983)
Dragomir Stanojevic
(7 episodes, 1983)
Günter Meisner ...
 Adolf Hitler (6 episodes, 1983)
Reinhard Kolldehoff ...
 Hermann Goering (6 episodes, 1983)
Werner Kreindl ...
 Colonel General Franz Halder / ... (6 episodes, 1983)
Rainer Penkert ...
 Grand Admiral Erich Raeder / ... (6 episodes, 1983)
Alexander Kerst ...
 Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel (6 episodes, 1983)
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 Field Marshal Alfred Jodl (6 episodes, 1983)
Howard Lang ...
 Winston Churchill (4 episodes, 1983)
Anton Diffring ...
 Joachim von Ribbentrop (4 episodes, 1983)
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 Yeoman Ryan (4 episodes, 1983)
Barry Morse ...
 Wolf Stoller (3 episodes, 1983)
Michael Logan ...
 Alistair Tudsbury (3 episodes, 1983)
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 Colonel William Forrest (3 episodes, 1983)
Tom McFadden ...
 Hugh Cleveland (3 episodes, 1983)
Roy Poole ...
 Harry Hopkins (3 episodes, 1983)
Deborah Winters ...
 Janice Lacouture Henry (3 episodes, 1983)
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 Lt. Carter 'Lady' Aster (3 episodes, 1983)
Allan Cuthbertson ...
 Maj. Gen. Tillet / ... (2 episodes, 1983)
Scott Brady ...
 Capt. Red Tully (2 episodes, 1983)
Edmund Purdom ...
 Luigi Gianelli (2 episodes, 1983)
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 Bunky Thurston (2 episodes, 1983)
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 Blinker Vance (2 episodes, 1983)
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 Benito Mussolini (2 episodes, 1983)
Edmund Pegge ...
 Air Commodore Burne-Wilke (2 episodes, 1983)
Leo Gordon ...
 General 'Train' Anderson (2 episodes, 1983)
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 Eleanor Roosevelt (2 episodes, 1983)
Michael McGuire ...
 Fred Fearing (2 episodes, 1983)
Ferdy Mayne ...
 Ludwig Rosenthal (2 episodes, 1983)
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 Count Galeazzo Ciano (2 episodes, 1983)
Judith Atwell ...
 Sally Forrest (2 episodes, 1983)
James Ray ...
 Chargé Reese Claremont (2 episodes, 1983)
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 Scarfaced Gestapo Agent (2 episodes, 1983)
Karl-Otto Alberty ...
 White-haired Gestapo Agent (2 episodes, 1983)
Eloise Hardt ...
 Mrs. Lacouture (2 episodes, 1983)
Henryk Rajfer ...
 Groom at Wedding / ... (2 episodes, 1983)
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In the late 1930s, world politics begin to head in a dangerous direction. In Europe, Germany expands and rearms and proceeds to annex several border countries into the Reich. Meanwhile, Italy attempts to establish a Facist Colonial Empire under Mussolini while the Empire of Japan stands ready for a major war with China. Enter the Henry family, headed by career naval officer Victor "Pug" Henry. "Winds of War" thus follows the exploits of Pug and his children, all of which are set against the backdrop of world events leading up to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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6 February 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Herman Wouk's The Winds of War  »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)
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This was the television acting debut for Robert Mitchum. His second TV performance in One Shoe Makes It Murder (1982) was broadcast prior to this miniseries. See more »

Goofs

The series takes place in the late 1930s. At the horse race in Italy, people are wearing Adidas shoes and 1970s clothing. Most of the women in Warsaw have 1970s and 1980s dresses and hairstyles; only Ali McGraw and other speaking characters are in period clothing. At Warren's wedding, all of the bridesmaids have late '70s/early '80s dresses and feathered hair. See more »

Quotes

Wolf Stoller: There are certain conversations that have to be forgotten. And in Germany we have a phrase for such delicate matters. We say, "under four eyes."
Victor 'Pug' Henry: I believe I've heard that phrase.
Wolf Stoller: What transpires next is under four eyes. You and Armin had a conversation about this lend-lease bill. Did he make sense to you? You prefer not to say, eh? Of course. You are a diplomat.
Victor 'Pug' Henry: I'm a gunnery expert, misplaced in diplomacy, and hoping to get the hell out of it.
Wolf Stoller: A man of honor wants to serve on the field.
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A terrific yarn, tarnished by miscasting and one awful performance.
26 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The novel Winds of War is so engrossing that I've read it several times. The mini-series tries hard to put it on the screen, and has some notable success. The screenplay, written by Wouk himself, is faithful to the book; the location shooting and production values are first rate; and many of the performances are excellent. Unfortunately, several of the main characters are way too old for their parts.

Robert Mitchum is a tired looking 66 year old senior playing the part of a vigorous 50 year old naval officer. Jan-Michael Vincent is a 39 year old man playing a 23 year old youth. But the real stick-in-the-eye is Ali MacGraw. Not only is she a 45 year old woman playing a 30 year old, but she is so bad, so monotone, that it's like she was never in front of a camera. Very distracting, and puts a serious flaw in every scene that she ruins.

Lots of other performances are right on. Polly Bergen, Peter Graves, Topol, and David Dukes are all perfect in their roles.

In spite of the defects, the mini-series is like the book. Once you start watching, you're hooked.


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