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Tuntematon sotilas (1955)

Finnish Continuation War rages and a platoon of soldiers is forced to face the horrors of the forefront. 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 ... 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
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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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Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

23 December 1955 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Az ismeretlen katona See more »

Filming Locations:

Luumäki, Finland See more »

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Budget:

FIM 46,667,761 (estimated)
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Suomen Filmiteollisuus See more »
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Runtime:

| (cut) | (1956)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film is traditionally shown in television in Finland every year on Independence Day (December 6th) since the year 2000. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Vanhala: The Soviet Union won the war but the little and tough Finland became second.
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Soundtracks

Kuularuiskulaulu
Lyrics and Music Composed by Reino Palmroth (as R.W. Palmroth)
Sung by Kosti Klemelä
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16 April 2002 | by fugu_286See all my reviews

I haven't ever heard such incomprehensible gibberish in my life. The Unknown Soldier (Tuntematon Sotilas) is not Soviet propoganda but a poignant and still very relevant look at the inhumanity of war. It is probably the only film that takes place during the little known Continuation War (1941-44), the sequel to the also little known Winter War (1939-40). Unlike Talvisota, the other great Finnish war movie, some knowledge of the chronology and background to this conflict is required. In 1941, Finland mobilized its forces along the 1940 armistice line incurring the wrath of the Soviet Union which bombed several Finnish cities in response. Operation Barbarossa, the German invasion of the Soviet Union, began shortly after. With most Soviet forces tied down in defending the motherland against the Germans, Finland seized the opportunity and reoccupied the land it had lost in the previous war. The plucky Finns made significant gains until the war entered its 'static phase' with neither side giving or taking any ground for nearly 2 years. The Finns did, however, refuse to link up with the Germans at Stalingrad which consequently may have cost Germany (and Finland) the war. There was a color remake of this film but in my opinion, this appears to be the superior version. If you can get a copy of the novel in English, I would recommend reading that as well.


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