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The Unknown Soldier (1955)

Tuntematon sotilas (original title)
The tale of a platoon of soldiers during the Continuation War. Based on Väinö Linna's book of the same name.

Director:

Edvin Laine

Writers:

Väinö Linna (novel), Juha Nevalainen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kosti Klemelä Kosti Klemelä ... Vilho 'Ville' Koskela
Heikki Savolainen ... Urho Hietanen
Reino Tolvanen Reino Tolvanen ... Antero 'Antti' Rokka
Veikko Sinisalo Veikko Sinisalo ... Yrjö Lahtinen
Åke Lindman ... Lehto
Pentti Siimes ... Määttä
Leo Riuttu Leo Riuttu ... Vanhala
Kaarlo Halttunen Kaarlo Halttunen ... Rahikainen
Matti Ranin Matti Ranin ... Jorma Kariluoto
Jussi Jurkka ... Lammio
Tauno Palo ... Sarastie
Pentti Irjala Pentti Irjala ... Kaarna
Vilho Siivola ... Mäkilä
Martti Romppanen Martti Romppanen ... Sihvonen
Tapio Hämäläinen Tapio Hämäläinen ... Salo
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Storyline

In 1941 Finland attacks the Soviet Union to regain the territory that the Soviet Union occupied after the Winter war 1939-1940. Among the Finnish soldiers are Anttero, Wolf Paw, Koskela and Hietanen. Under great hardships and deaths of comrades in arms they manage to come as far as Lake Onega before the losses become too great. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Drama | War

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Details

Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

23 December 1955 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Okänd soldat See more »

Filming Locations:

Luumäki, Finland See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

FIM46,667,761 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Suomen Filmiteollisuus See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cut) | (1956)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Aga-Baltic)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the book, sergeant Hietanen destroys a Soviet KV-1 tank. However, the film makers could not get that tank type for this production and not even some other Soviet tank despite that Finnish Army did have some T-34s and thus the tank in the film is a German Panzer IV. See more »

Quotes

Koskela: Koskela from Finland: he eats iron and shits chain!
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Erika
Lyrics and Music Composed by Herms Niel (1938)
Sung by Matti Ranin (här "Kaarina"), Jussi Jurkka (här "Kaarina"), Pertti Weckström (här "Kaarina"), Heikki Heino
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Propaganda....?!
4 March 2005 | by thomsohlSee all my reviews

Being a swede myself and reading politi kasses interpretation of this movie as soviet propaganda makes me embarrassed. Of course it isn't! Probably he has never seen a soviet propaganda movie? Talking about propaganda I would say "Band of Brothers" contains more American propaganda than this movie contains soviet propaganda - even though Band of Brothers is a fantastic creation. I always find it refreshing to see war movies from other countries than USA. Often the consequences and moral issues of war are more much more interesting. Almost everyone in Europe knows somebody who fought in the war or suffered the consequences. Europeans saw their continent blow into pieces. Thats why we love anti-heroic movies like Das Boot and Stalingrad - and this one. By the way, how often do you see Finnish soldiers in movies? 10 out of 10.


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