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22 June 1978 (USA) See more »
Documentary film history of the Nazi-Soviet conflict in world War II. Full summary »
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 (Series Cast [1])

Burt Lancaster ... Himself (unknown episodes)

Series Directed by
Zoya Fomina (1 episode, 1978)

Roman Karmen (unknown episodes, 1978)
Isaac Kleinerman (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
John Lord (1 episode, 1978)
Rod McKuen (1 episode, 1978)
Ivan Mendzheritskiy (1 episode, 1978)
Fred Weiner (1 episode, 1978)

Series Produced by
Bruce Fogel .... associate producer (1 episode, 1978)
Isaac Kleinerman .... executive producer (1 episode, 1978)
Kalman Liebowitz .... associate producer (1 episode, 1978)
Series Original Music by
Vitali Geviksman (1 episode, 1978)
Series Sound Department
Igor Gunger .... sound (1 episode, 1978)
Series Music Department
Evgeniy Evtushenko .... lyrics: Russian (1 episode, 1978)
Mark Goldman .... music coordinator (1 episode, 1978)
Rod McKuen .... composer: additional music / lyrics (1 episode, 1978)
Bulat Okudzhava .... lyrics: Russian (1 episode, 1978)
Series Other crew
Pavel Kurotchkin .... historical consultant (1 episode, 1978)

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1040 min

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Produced with Soviet cooperation after the release of The World at War, which the soviet government felt paid insufficient attention to their part in World War II. Released in 1978, The Unknown War, sympathetic to the Soviet struggle against Nazi Germany, was quickly withdrawn from TV airings after the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.See more »


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19 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
wonderful series, 30 May 2007
Author: Maria-Arbouzova from Moscow (Russian Federation)

It's wonderful series about war against Nazis in Russia. We call this war - Great Patriotic War. Then all people went against Nazis, they enlisted the Soviet Army and were ready to fight and protect their motherland till the last drop of blood. One of the commanders who defended Moscow at the beginning of this war in 1941 said: "Russia is great but there is no place to retreat as Moscow is behind us". This war took 27,000,000 of lives (and this figure is inexact). In the last film of the series "The Soldier of Unknown War" Burt Lancaster says "There is no such family in Russia which wouldn't lose its member during the war". He is really right. Fathers, brothers, daughter, husbands who were only 16-25 years old by the beginning of the war wanted to protect the country and they came from all cities, towns and the deepest corners of the country to become soldiers, fighters, defenders.... They died for their motherland... They didn't come back to their mothers, children, wives.... But they knew what they were dying for.... Concerning my family... My great-grandfather died in 1943, my grandfather became soldier when he was only 14 years old, he survived and met the news about Victory in Austria. This war is very sacred for us because in 1940's it touched every family and every person even till now. We thank our veterans. Unfortunately they died every year because of their age, but still they are very beautiful, full of good thoughts, still brave.... I am very glad as Russian and as the part of the generation of Russian people whose aim is to pass the story about this war to the next generation (as our parents and grandparents passed it to us) that this series is very truly and full of respect to the veterans of ALL armies who fought against Nazis.... Even I, who was born 37 years after the end of the war, still can't stop crying when I watch the series "Unknown war" as I can't stop crying when I see any other military chronicles of 1939-1945 period....

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