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The Unknown Soldier (1985)

Tuntematon sotilas (original title)
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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Az ismeretlen katona  »

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FIM 14,000,000 (estimated)
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In the 70s Matti Kassila planned to make a new film-version of 'Tuntematon sotilas', which would have been produced by Jörn Donner. But those plans were aborted due to financial difficulties. When Kassila saw Mollberg's version of the film in the 80s he phoned Edvin Laine (Director of the first version) and told him: "Yours is still the number one." See more »

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Corporal: The childhood plays are over now, recruit!
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Jääkärin marssi
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1985 version is more true
17 January 2010 | by (Finland, Pori) – See all my reviews

Sometimes in life you want to experience something true and realistic. Molmberg's Unknown Soldier comes as close as it is possible in movie to experience war. Linna's 1955 version was more theatrical and entertaining. It had it's merits but I like Molmberg's better.

In early 1990's I did my military service in Finland and trained a lot attack in the forest and the attack on the bunker line in Molmberg's film looks, sounds and almost smells the same. All details are in place and they really fire Maxim MG's and Suomi SMG's.

I think you can't do good war movie without showing the ugly side of war. Molmberg shows the true nature of war. War is totally evil.


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