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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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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 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt / ... (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)
John Carter ...
 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 ...
 Major General 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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 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 / ... (2 episodes, 1983)
Karl-Otto Alberty ...
 White-haired Gestapo / ... (2 episodes, 1983)
Dick Armstrong ...
 Franz the Butler (2 episodes, 1983)
Eloise Hardt ...
 Mrs. Lacouture (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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Trivia

Aaron Jastrow (John Houseman) mentions that the correct Polish pronunciation of his family name would be "Yastrov." This means Natalie's name would be Natalia Yastrov, which sounds quite similar to Natalia Rostova, the heroine of Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace. The second half of her story also has the quite similar title, War and Remembrance (1988). See more »

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When Pug and Pam dine at the Savoy, a wine bottle appears on the table and all the wine glasses suddenly fill between shots. [Part 4, Scene 7, time index 51:47] 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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Referenced in The Winds of Whoopie (1983) See more »

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ABC made a very large splash with this production in 1983. It represented a very major project for the network & it drew big ratings. Dan Curtis did a very credible job within the constrictions of this. It has the look & feel of a major film in spite of it's small screen origins.

The total series is done from a world perspective on how things looked in the time leading up to Americas entry into World War 2. While the battle sequences are limited by what the budget could produce, they are effective.

The cast, while good is somewhat our of place. Robert Mitchum is a fine actor but is too old for the role of Pug Henry. Ali Mcgraw is attractive, but has difficulty bringing off the acting in her role. For a network mini series, this is very well done given these leads & a very large cast of supporting players.

As this series does move among several locales involved in the conflict, you get some feeling for things that happened like being in the Kremlin when Germany was bombing it. A short sequence of the German front line within sight of Moscow in 1941 is interesting. A Nazi party in Germany with Hitler & a group of American guests is unique.

The Russian sequences are some of the early feelings of the Russian front given to Americans historically before World War 2. Sadly, Americans were not exposed to what really happened on that front until after the 1980's when the Soviet empire split apart & some of the Russian archives were finally made public. Still, Stalin's portrayal in this is more balanced than some, almost creepy.

This film was the first to present FDR & show physically what a miracle it was that he was leading the US. It showed how he led but how his fragile leadership was hidden from the American public.

Overall, for television a crowning achievement. As far as art, Herman Woulks novel is better in spite of how much work went into this production.


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