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

 -  Drama | War  -  6 December 1985 (Finland)
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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 »

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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

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6 December 1985 (Finland)  »

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Tuntematon sotilas  »

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FIM 14,000,000 (estimated)

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SEK 3,259,239 (Sweden)
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With its 590 271 spectators 'Tuntematon sotilas' was the fourth highest grossing movie in Finland in the 80s. It was beaten by Uuno armeijan leivissä (1984), Talvisota (1989) and Uuno Epsanjassa (1985). See more »

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Corporal: The childhood plays are over now, recruit!
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A good war-movie about Finland in World War II
11 January 1999 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

This movie is following a Finnish platoon in Finlands struggle against Soviet Union in the Continuation War starting in 1942. In the beginning the men are conscripts who are sent to the front when Finland attacks SU in hope of getting back the area that SU took from Finland in Winter War in 1940. In the beginning Finland is victorious but then the luck turns... Finland has to start its retreat. The men are just 19-year-old boys when the war starts, but in the end they are heroes who kept the Finland independent despite of the massive Soviet Army.


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