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Release Date:
6 February 1983 (USA) See more »
The trials of the Henry and Jastrow families in the early years of World War II. Full summary »
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Nominated for 4 Golden Globes. Another 5 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 50 of 62)

Robert Mitchum ... Victor 'Pug' Henry (7 episodes, 1983)

Ali MacGraw ... Natalie Jastrow (7 episodes, 1983)

Jan-Michael Vincent ... Byron Henry (7 episodes, 1983)

John Houseman ... Aaron Jastrow (7 episodes, 1983)

Polly Bergen ... Rhoda Henry (7 episodes, 1983)

Lisa Eilbacher ... Madeline Henry (7 episodes, 1983)

David Dukes ... Leslie Slote (7 episodes, 1983)

Topol ... Berel Jastrow (7 episodes, 1983)

Ben Murphy ... Warren Henry (7 episodes, 1983)

Peter Graves ... Palmer 'Fred' Kirby (7 episodes, 1983)

Jeremy Kemp ... Brigadier General Armin Von Roon / ... (7 episodes, 1983)

Ralph Bellamy ... President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (7 episodes, 1983)

Victoria Tennant ... Pamela Tudsbury (7 episodes, 1983)

Wolfgang Preiss ... Field Marshal Walter von Brauchitsch (7 episodes, 1983)
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)

Joachim Hansen ... Field Marshal Alfred Jodl (6 episodes, 1983)
Howard Lang ... Winston Churchill (4 episodes, 1983)
Anton Diffring ... Joachim von Ribbentrop (4 episodes, 1983)

Timothy Stack ... 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)

Joseph Hacker ... 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)

Lawrence Pressman ... Bunky Thurston (2 episodes, 1983)

Lin McCarthy ... Blinker Vance (2 episodes, 1983)

Enzo G. Castellari ... Benito Mussolini (2 episodes, 1983)
Edmund Pegge ... Air Commodore Burne-Wilke (2 episodes, 1983)
Leo Gordon ... General 'Train' Anderson (2 episodes, 1983)

Elizabeth Hoffman ... Eleanor Roosevelt (2 episodes, 1983)
Michael McGuire ... Fred Fearing (2 episodes, 1983)
Ferdy Mayne ... Ludwig Rosenthal (2 episodes, 1983)

Sky du Mont ... Count Galeazzo Ciano (2 episodes, 1983)
Judith Atwell ... Sally Forrest (2 episodes, 1983)
James Ray ... Chargé Reese Claremont (2 episodes, 1983)

Stelio Candelli ... 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)

Series Directed by
Dan Curtis (7 episodes, 1983)
Series Writing credits
Herman Wouk (7 episodes, 1983)

Series Produced by
Dan Curtis .... producer (7 episodes, 1983)
Barbara Steele .... associate producer (7 episodes, 1983)

Branko Lustig .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Bob Cobert (7 episodes, 1983)
Series Cinematography by
Charles Correll (7 episodes, 1983)

Stevan Larner (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
John F. Burnett (7 episodes, 1983)
Bernard Gribble (7 episodes, 1983)
Jack Tucker (7 episodes, 1983)
Peter Zinner (7 episodes, 1983)

Earle Herdan (unknown episodes)
Series Casting by
Reuben Cannon (1 episode, 1983)
Series Production Design by
Jackson De Govia (7 episodes, 1983)
Series Art Direction by
John V. Cartwright (1 episode, 1983)
Michael Minor (1 episode, 1983)

Malcolm Middleton (unknown episodes)
Series Set Decoration by
Thomas L. Roysden (1 episode, 1983)

Francesco Chianese (unknown episodes)
Hertha Hareiter (unknown episodes)
Chuck Rutherford (unknown episodes)
Series Makeup Department
Elizabeth Rabe .... additional hair stylist (7 episodes, 1983)

Roy Ashton .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Series Production Management
Piero Amati .... unit manager (7 episodes, 1983)

Milan Stanisic .... production manager (unknown episodes)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Brian James Ellis .... second second assistant director (7 episodes, 1983)

Carlo U. Quinterio .... assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Gregg H. Bilson .... property master (1 episode, 1983)
Francesco Chianese .... set dresser: Italy (1 episode, 1983)
Stan Cockerell .... assistant property master (1 episode, 1983)
John Cole .... property master: Europe (1 episode, 1983)
Peter Dunlop .... property master (1 episode, 1983)
Hertha Hareiter .... set dresser: Yugoslavia, Austria, Germany (1 episode, 1983)
Erik L. Nelson .... property master (1 episode, 1983)
Terry Wells .... property master: Europe (1 episode, 1983)
John Wood .... assistant art director: Europe (1 episode, 1983)

Giovanni Natalucci .... set designer (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (7 episodes, 1983)

Richard Adams .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Derek Casari .... dubbing engineer (unknown episodes)
Denis Dutton .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
James Fritch .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Robert Gutknecht .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Ian MacGregor-Scott .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Carl Mahakian .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
George E. Marshall Jr. .... sound utility (unknown episodes)
Lee Osborne .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Bernard F. Pincus .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Edward L. Sandlin .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Terry Sharratt .... boom operator (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
Marijan Karoglan .... pyrotechnician: Yugoslavia unit (7 episodes, 1983)

Paul Corbould .... special effects (unknown episodes)
Ricky Farns .... special effects (unknown episodes)
Martin Gutteridge .... special effects (unknown episodes)
Doug Hubbard .... special effects (unknown episodes)
Garth Inns .... special effects (unknown episodes)
Kevin Pike .... special effects (unknown episodes)
Branko Repalust .... on set props (unknown episodes)
Series Visual Effects by
Bruce A. Block .... matte cameraman (4 episodes, 1983)

William Guest .... miniatures (unknown episodes)
Leslie Huntley .... visual effects (unknown episodes)
Pete Kleinow .... visual effects (unknown episodes)
Michael Douglas Middleton .... still photographer (unknown episodes)
Gene Warren Jr. .... visual effects (unknown episodes)
Series Stunts
Ernie F. Orsatti .... stunt coordinator (1 episode, 1983)

Rok Cvetkov .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Gene Hartline .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Zbigniew Modej .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Nenad Teresak .... electrician (7 episodes, 1983)

Bob Bremner .... gaffer: UK (unknown episodes)
Eugene Earle .... second assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Ian Foster .... clapper loader (unknown episodes)
Ron Green .... best boy (unknown episodes)
Branko Knez .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Tihomir Marcius .... electrician: Croatia (unknown episodes)
Jeffrey W. Petersen .... electrician (unknown episodes)
Maurizio Piano .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Series Casting Department
Renate Arbes .... additional casting: Europe (1 episode, 1983)

Peg Halligan .... casting assistant (unknown episodes)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Drago Habazin .... wardrobe: Yugoslavia (1 episode, 1983)
John Napolitano .... wardrobe (1 episode, 1983)
Johannes Nikerk .... wardrobe: men - Europe (1 episode, 1983)
Paul Vachon .... wardrobe: men - Europe (1 episode, 1983)
Thomas Welsh .... costume supervisor (1 episode, 1983)
Heidi Wujek .... wardrobe designer: Europe (1 episode, 1983)

James P. Cullen .... costumer (unknown episodes)
Series Editorial Department
Ruth Bird .... first assistant editor (7 episodes, 1983)

Ingeborg Fülepp .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
Series Music Department
Tommy Tedesco .... musician: guitar (7 episodes, 1983)

Dan Wallin .... music scoring mixer (unknown episodes)
Series Transportation Department
Myron P. Shepherd .... transportation coordinator (1 episode, 1983)

Enrico Pini .... transportation manager (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Bill Graves .... technical advisor (7 episodes, 1983)

James Butler .... unit publicist (unknown episodes)
Steve Hinton .... pilot (unknown episodes)
Stefano Priori .... assistant accountant (unknown episodes)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Herman Wouk's The Winds of War" - USA (complete title)
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USA:883 min | West Germany:720 min (cut)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

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 »
Errors in geography: There is no cliff overlooking Pearl Harbor, as shown in the last scene.See more »
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.
[offers him a cigar]
Wolf Stoller:Would you?
Victor 'Pug' Henry:No, thank you.
Wolf Stoller:That you sympathize with England is only natural. I do. I love England. After all, I spent two years at Oxford. But we know that in your Army and Navy, there is serious opposition to this lend-lease giveaway. Which will strip you of armaments, by the way. No, in war plans, you will be in a key position to foster this wise and patriotic opposition. Frankly, Germany needs friends in influential positions, to offset the Morgenthaus and the Lehmans.
Victor 'Pug' Henry:Herr Stoller...
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30 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Impressive Achievement, 29 December 2005
Author: jimconnell-2 from South Shore, MA USA

There are a few things to love about this ambitious World War II epic, many things to like and one thing to loath.

In terms of production values, scale, scope and sweep, "Winds of War" and it's sequel "War and Remembrance" are unparalleled. WoW consists of two compelling narratives: The larger back story of WWII itself (propelled by the leaders of the era, Hitler, Roosevelt, Churchill, et al), and the smaller, personal stories of the Henry family and friends. The former far more interesting than the latter.

These two story threads are seamlessly woven together by the Henry Patriarch, Victor 'Pug' Henry (Robert Michum) who conveniently Forrest Gumps his way into a half dozen major policy meetings of both the Allies and Axis powers. Believing that a Navy captain could (in the span of 2 years) befriend Roosevelt, chat up Churchill, negotiate with Hitler & Mussolini and toast a bit of a stretch, but here, it works. This is due in no small part to the credibility Robert Michum brings to the role, carrying himself with the kind of dignity and charisma that could indeed curry the respect of these world leaders.

Scenes set within the upper echelons of power (White House, 10 Downing, Wolf's Lair, etc) are far and away the best of the series. While Roosevelt, Churchill and Mussolini all receive effective portrayals, the interpretation of Adolf Hitler by Gunter Meisner tops them all. Balancing the cagey, political brilliance of Hitler with the twisted, maniacal evil has always been a challenge for actors, but Meisner pulls it off nicely. Yes, we see screaming, red faced rants, but they are usually accompanied by creepily engrossing soliloquies (outlining his rational for invading France, and later the USSR) that add depth and dimension to the madness.

The story of the Henry family is only interesting in so far as it connects to the larger WWII narrative. Seeing the direct, human impact that Hitler's aggression and tyranny has on the Henry circle is effective and instructive. However, almost every other aspect of their family story is inconsequential and trite.

Which brings me to the loathsome of WoW: Ali MacGraw. As Natalie Jastrow, the love interest for Pug's son Byron (Jan-Michal Vincent), Ali delivers quite possibly the worst acting performance ever filmed opposite Jan-Michael (and yes, I am including the Airwolf helicopter). Her performance manages to be both bland and shrill, sucking the life out of every minute she's on screen (which, when added up, sadly accounts for about 1/3 of the 15 hour running time). Watching her slack-jawed, one-note performance, I felt pity for the other actors dragooned into her orbit and mourned for the movie that could have existed in her absence. For a glimpse of that movie, you need only rent "War & Remembrance" where her character was thankfully recast with Jane Seymore.

However, one long, grating, bad note cannot spoil what is still an impressive achievement and worth the investment in time.

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