Down 1,017 this week

The Unknown Soldier (1985)
"Tuntematon sotilas" (original title)

 -  Drama | War  -  6 December 1985 (Finland)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.5/10 from 1,660 users  
Reviews: 11 user | 1 critic

This film is the second silver screen adaption of the Finnish war book by Väinö Linna with the same name as the film. The story is based on Linna's experiences as an infantry man in the ... See full summary »


0Check in

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 35 titles
created 13 Aug 2011
a list of 50 titles
created 10 Mar 2013
a list of 123 titles
created 16 Mar 2013
a list of 10 titles
created 4 months ago

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Unknown Soldier (1985)

The Unknown Soldier (1985) on IMDb 7.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Unknown Soldier.
3 wins. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

A pragmatic U.S. Marine observes the dehumanizing effects the U.S.-Vietnam War has on his fellow recruits from their brutal boot camp training to the bloody street fighting in Hue.

Director: Stanley Kubrick
Stars: Matthew Modine, R. Lee Ermey, Vincent D'Onofrio
Ambush (1999)
War | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Set during the World War 2. In the summer of 1941 the Finnish army crosses the border of Russia. A platoon led by Lt. Eero Perkola goes through the wilderness around the Lieksa lake to ... See full summary »

Director: Olli Saarela
Stars: Peter Franzén, Irina Björklund, Kari Heiskanen
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

An in-depth examination of the ways in which the Vietnam War disrupts and impacts the lives of people in a small industrial town in Pennsylvania.

Director: Michael Cimino
Stars: Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, John Cazale
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A story of the infantry regiment 61 that fought from Syväri to the Karelian Ishtmus.

Director: Åke Lindman
Stars: Tobias Zilliacus, Ilkka Heiskanen, Christoffer Westerlund
Stalingrad (1993)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A depiction of the brutal battle of Stalingrad, the Third Reich's 'high water mark', as seen through the eyes of German officer Hans von Witzland and his battalion.

Director: Joseph Vilsmaier
Stars: Dominique Horwitz, Thomas Kretschmann, Sebastian Rudolph
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

During the U.S.-Viet Nam War, Captain Willard is sent on a dangerous mission into Cambodia to assassinate a renegade colonel who has set himself up as a god among a local tribe.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Stars: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall
Come and See (1985)
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

After finding an old rifle, a young boy joins the Soviet Army and experiences the horrors of World War II.

Director: Elem Klimov
Stars: Aleksey Kravchenko, Olga Mironova, Liubomiras Lauciavicius
The Grey Zone (2001)
Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A Nazi doctor, along with the Sonderkomando, Jews who are forced to work in the crematoria of Auschwitz against their fellow Jews, find themselves in a moral grey zone.

Director: Tim Blake Nelson
Stars: David Arquette, Velizar Binev, David Chandler
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

It is the summer of 1941. An eastern-Finnish machine gun company receives an order to turn in their surplus equipment. The company is transferred to the front lines. The next morning the ... See full summary »

Director: Edvin Laine
Stars: Kosti Klemelä, Heikki Savolainen, Reino Tolvanen
The Boys (1962)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Mikko Niskanen
Stars: Pentti Tarkiainen, Vesa-Matti Loiri, Uti Saurio
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Summer 1944 in Finnish Karelia; after a long lull, the Soviet army launches an overwhelming offensive that throws everything into disarray. Martta has barely time to marry Aarne before she ... See full summary »

Director: Lauri Törhönen
Stars: Mats Långbacka, Jonna Järnefelt, Sari Puumalainen
Silence (2011)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Director: Sakari Kirjavainen
Stars: Joonas Saartamo, Lauri Tilkanen, Terhi Suorlahti


Cast overview, first billed only:
Risto Tuorila ...
Pirkka-Pekka Petelius ...
Paavo Liski ...
Mika Mäkelä ...
Pertti Koivula ...
Tero Niva ...
Ossi-Ensio Korvuo ...
Mikko Niskanen ...
Pauli Poranen ...
Hannu Kivioja ...
Juha Riihimäki ...
Seppo Juusonen ...
Timo Virkki ...
Vesa Ala-Seppälä ...
Risto Hetta ...


This film is the second silver screen adaption of the Finnish war book by Väinö Linna with the same name as the film. The story is based on Linna's experiences as an infantry man in the Finnish army during the so called "Continuation War" (1941-1944). The film tells the story of the fate of a machine gun platoon made up of young conscripts from various parts of Finland fighting against the Russian army from the beginning (summer 1941) to the end (summer/autumn 1944) of the war. Many of the characters are based on author Linna's brothers in arms. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Drama | War


See all certifications »





Release Date:

6 December 1985 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Tuntematon sotilas  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


FIM 14,000,000 (estimated)


SEK 3,259,239 (Sweden)

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


(Television Cut) | (theatrical) |

Sound Mix:



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The film has no music score. See more »


[first lines]
Corporal: The childhood plays are over now, recruit!
See more »


Featured in Lotat (1995) See more »


Jääkärin marssi
By Jean Sibelius
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The antithesis
8 December 2007 | by (Seinäjoki, Finland) – See all my reviews

Rauni Mollberg's (from now on referred to as 'Molle') Tuntematon Sotilas has been left far behind in fame to its predecessor, that of Edwin Laine's Tuntematon Sotilas from 1955. This is not surprising as the newer movie lacks the sentiment that is almost omnipresent in the older version. Despite this, is Molle's version more faithful to the original novel by Väinö Linna who was himself involved in making of the new version. Both movies however deserve their place, in Edwin Laine's time there was a need for high national epic but as the times changed a new version was also welcome and maybe even in demand.

Molle's version deserves perhaps more praise and attention than it has been used to have, but also criticism. The newer version is no way meant to be 'a better' version but rather an alternative account of the psychological reality of a man. Therefore I call it an antithesis, it is impossible to see the newer version without comparing it to the all too familiar older version. You actually need to watch the film several times before it really opens to you in the way Molle had intended it. Tuntematon Sotilas is a war film, but the highlight is upon the people who fought in there, both Finns and Russians, who are brought to suffer the very same meat-grinder. Parts of it are funny, parts of it are disgusting.

What is left to a lesser notion is historicity, the weapons and uniforms are from the second world war but you should not expect them to appear in correct order. For the weapon freaks be it informed that the same KV-1's appear as both Finnish and Soviet tanks. For those who already know everything that has been written about the Continuation War this movie does not offer any historical references, this time it is all literature from the ground view. Nevertheless this is one of the best war films there is, perhaps there is a conscious focus and perhaps there is some message, but the weight of the overall work will just make you silent.

If you are going to see this film, make sure you are watching a quality copy. Many dark scenes have become incomprehensible in poor quality VHS transfers. The darkness is essential visual effect in Molle's version.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Tuntematon sotilas (the unknown soldier) jonclarkage3
Valkokangas-ja TV-versio BecomingActor
Discuss The Unknown Soldier (1985) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: