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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.


Edvin Laine


Väinö Linna (novel), Juha Nevalainen
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kosti Klemelä Kosti Klemelä ... Koskela
Heikki Savolainen ... Hietanen
Reino Tolvanen Reino Tolvanen ... Rokka
Veikko Sinisalo Veikko Sinisalo ... Lahtinen
Åke Lindman ... Lehto
Pentti Siimes ... Määttä
Leo Riuttu Leo Riuttu ... Vanhala
Kaarlo Halttunen Kaarlo Halttunen ... Rahikainen
Matti Ranin Matti Ranin ... 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


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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The production of the film started so late in the early of 1955 that the snow that was needed for the Winter-sequences had already started to melt. That's why screenwriter Juha Nevalainen wrote these sequences first that they could be filmed, before the snow was gone. See more »


Lammio: What is your name?
Rokka: Rokka, Antero. I ain't got no second name.
Lammio: And what is you name?
Susi: Susi, Private Susi I am.
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Edited into Trench Road (2004) See more »


Lyrics and Music Composed by Reino Palmroth (as R.W. Palmroth)
Sung by Kosti Klemelä
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12 December 2001 | by Petey-10See all my reviews

This war classic starts with Jean Sibelius' Finlandia.It shows how all those brave men fight against Russians in the WWII and many of them get killed.Tuntematon Sotilas from 1955 is directed by Edvin Laine and it's based on Väinö Linna's novel.This movie is filled with great actors.Reino Tolvanen is the legendary Rokka.There are also Veikko Sinisalo, Åke Lindman, Pentti Siimes, Matti Ranin, Jussi Jurkka, Tauno Palo, Tapio Hämäläinen, Olavi Ahonen, Tarmo Manni, Mikko Niskanen and Veijo Pasanen just a few to mention.The 6th day of December is the Independence Day of Finland and they usually show this war classic on that day.This year Finland has been 84 years independent.It's a good thing that they show this every year because this is the best Finnish war movie ever.This shows how brutal the war is.There are wars going on all the time somewhere.Right now there's the war against terrorists in Afghanistan.People just won't learn to live in peace.I'm just glad that Russia and Finland are in peace with each other now.I think we all should love each other, not hate.But what can I do.This just is the world we're living in.But I recommend this Finnish war drama for everybody, no matter where you're from.It lasts for 181 minutes but it's not too much for this movie.

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Release Date:

23 December 1955 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Okänd soldat See more »

Filming Locations:

Luumäki, Finland See more »


Box Office


FIM46,667,761 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Suomen Filmiteollisuus See more »
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Technical Specs


| (cut) | (1956)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Aga-Baltic)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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