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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 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)
Henryk Rajfer ...
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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

According to the book 'Movies Made For Television' by Alvin H. Marill, this production was filmed in over 400 filming locations over thirteen months. The book also states that this mini-series was originally intended to run for twelve hours instead of sixteen. See more »

Goofs

When Slote examines Jastrow's immigration papers, the papers jump from his left to right hands between shots. [Part 4, Scene 2, time index 8:38] 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 great mini-series - despite Ali MacGraw
3 July 2007 | by (UK & Germany) – See all my reviews

I've just revisited this mini-series on DVD for the first time since I saw it when it was first screened on TV back in 1983, so my memory of it had been very vague and I'd forgotten pretty much all of it.

I'd also forgotten just how singularly dreadful Ali MacGraw is in this.

I've not read the book, but I have the impression that the character of Natalie Jastrow is supposed to be strong-willed, spirited, feisty and sexy. If that's the case then MacGraw failed on all counts.

Instead of being strong-willed, spirited and feisty, MacGraw's Natalie comes across as spoilt, petulant and generally obnoxious - constantly complaining, throwing hissy-fits and looking down her nose at people (both literally and metaphorically). And when she's trying to be all coquettish for the benefit of Sloate and Byron, her performance is about as sexy as a bad case of athlete's foot.

All in all a horrible piece of miscasting by the producers, and I'm not in the least bit surprised that she wasn't rehired for the sequel "War And Remembrance" (in which Jane Seymour's Natalie was a quantum leap improvement over MacGraw's portrayal). At least Old Bleary Eyes himself, Robert Mitchum, brings gravitas, presence and start quality to his role, even though he looks all of his (at the time of filming) 66 years and was really about 15 years too old and several trouser sizes too large for the character he was playing.

Looking beyond the presence of Ali MacGraw though, this classic mini-series is a great way to while away a week's worth of evenings in front of the TV, and the way in which historical events and characters are interwoven with the more personal story lines of the main fictional characters is very nicely done.

The sequel is even better (and longer), and I'm looking forward to starting on that soon.


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