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1
Release Date:
6 February 1983 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
The trials of the Henry and Jastrow families in the early years of World War II. Full summary »
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Awards:
Nominated for 4 Golden Globes. Another 5 wins & 10 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A great mini-series - despite Ali MacGraw See more (57 total) »

Cast

 (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)
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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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Runtime:
USA:883 min | West Germany:720 min (cut)
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Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
There was some controversy over the casting, as Robert Mitchum, Ali MacGraw, Jan-Michael Vincent and Ralph Bellamy were all much older than their characters.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: When Pug boards the president's train in Silver Spring and is being shown to his room, the reflection of the camera crew is visible in the glass cabinet to Pug's left.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.
[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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Free Enterprise (1998)See more »

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16 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
A great mini-series - despite Ali MacGraw, 3 July 2007
Author: Steve Riley from UK & Germany

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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