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The Winds of War 

The trials of the Henry and Jastrow families in the early years of World War II.
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Series cast summary:
Robert Mitchum ...  Victor 'Pug' Henry 7 episodes, 1983
Ali MacGraw ...  Natalie Jastrow 7 episodes, 1983
Jan-Michael Vincent ...  Byron Henry 7 episodes, 1983
John Houseman ...  Aaron Jastrow 7 episodes, 1983
Polly Bergen ...  Rhoda Henry 7 episodes, 1983
Lisa Eilbacher ...  Madeline Henry 7 episodes, 1983
David Dukes ...  Leslie Slote 7 episodes, 1983
Topol ...  Berel Jastrow 7 episodes, 1983
Ben Murphy ...  Warren Henry 7 episodes, 1983
Peter Graves ...  Palmer 'Fred' Kirby 7 episodes, 1983
Jeremy Kemp ...  Brigadier General Armin von Roon 7 episodes, 1983
Ralph Bellamy ...  President Franklin Delano Roosevelt 7 episodes, 1983
Victoria Tennant ...  Pamela Tudsbury 7 episodes, 1983
Wolfgang Preiss ...  Field Marshal Walter von Brauchitsch 7 episodes, 1983
William Woodson William Woodson ...  Narrator 7 episodes, 1983
Günter Meisner ...  Adolf Hitler 6 episodes, 1983
Reinhard Kolldehoff ...  Hermann Goering 6 episodes, 1983
Werner Kreindl Werner Kreindl ...  Colonel General Franz Halder 6 episodes, 1983
Rainer Penkert Rainer Penkert ...  Grand Admiral Erich Raeder 6 episodes, 1983
Alexander Kerst Alexander Kerst ...  Field Marshal Wilhelm Keitel 6 episodes, 1983
Joachim Hansen ...  Field Marshal Alfred Jodl 6 episodes, 1983
Dragomir Stanojevic Dragomir Stanojevic 5 episodes, 1983
Howard Lang ...  Winston Churchill 4 episodes, 1983
Anton Diffring ...  Joachim von Ribbentrop 4 episodes, 1983
Timothy Stack ...  Yeoman Ryan 4 episodes, 1983
Barry Morse ...  Wolf Stoller 3 episodes, 1983
Michael Logan Michael Logan ...  Alistair Tudsbury 3 episodes, 1983
John Carter John Carter ...  Colonel William Forrest 3 episodes, 1983
Tom McFadden Tom McFadden ...  Hugh Cleveland 3 episodes, 1983
Roy Poole ...  Harry Hopkins 3 episodes, 1983
Deborah Winters ...  Janice Lacouture Henry 3 episodes, 1983
Joseph Hacker ...  Lt. Carter 'Lady' Aster 3 episodes, 1983
Allan Cuthbertson ...  Major General Tillet 2 episodes, 1983
Scott Brady ...  Captain Red Tully 2 episodes, 1983
Edmund Purdom ...  Luigi Gianelli 2 episodes, 1983
Lawrence Pressman ...  Bunky Thurston 2 episodes, 1983
Lin McCarthy ...  Blinker Vance 2 episodes, 1983
Enzo G. Castellari ...  Benito Mussolini 2 episodes, 1983
Edmund Pegge ...  Air Commodore Burne-Wilke 2 episodes, 1983
Leo Gordon ...  General 'Train' Anderson 2 episodes, 1983
Elizabeth Hoffman ...  Eleanor Roosevelt 2 episodes, 1983
Michael McGuire ...  Fred Fearing 2 episodes, 1983
Ferdy Mayne ...  Ludwig Rosenthal 2 episodes, 1983
Sky du Mont ...  Count Ciano 2 episodes, 1983
Judith Atwell Judith Atwell ...  Sally Forrest 2 episodes, 1983
James Ray James Ray ...  Chargé Reese Claremont 2 episodes, 1983
Stelio Candelli Stelio Candelli ...  Scarfaced Gestapo / ... 2 episodes, 1983
Karl-Otto Alberty ...  White-Haired Gestapo / ... 2 episodes, 1983
Dick Armstrong Dick Armstrong ...  Franz the Butler 2 episodes, 1983
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In the late 1930s, world politics begin to head in a dangerous direction. In Europe, Germany expands and rearms and proceeds to annex several border countries into the Reich. Meanwhile, Italy attempts to establish a Facist Colonial Empire under Mussolini while the Empire of Japan stands ready for a major war with China. Enter the Henry family, headed by career naval officer Victor "Pug" Henry. "Winds of War" thus follows the exploits of Pug and his children, all of which are set against the backdrop of world events leading up to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Written by Anthony Hughes <husnock31@hotmail.com>

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Drama | Romance | War

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USA

Release Date:

6 February 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Herman Wouk's The Winds of War See more »

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$35,000,000 (estimated)
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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Edward Asner was originally intended for the role of Pug Henry. See more »

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The British began bombing German cities in May 1940, four months before the London Blitz started. See more »

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Wolf Stoller: There are certain conversations that have to be forgotten. And in Germany we have a phrase for such delicate matters. We say, "under four eyes."
Victor 'Pug' Henry: I believe I've heard that phrase.
Wolf Stoller: What transpires next is under four eyes. You and Armin had a conversation about this lend-lease bill. Did he make sense to you? You prefer not to say, eh? Of course. You are a diplomat.
Victor 'Pug' Henry: I'm a gunnery expert, misplaced in diplomacy, and hoping to get the hell out of it.
Wolf Stoller: A man of honor wants to serve on the field.
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A terrific yarn, tarnished by miscasting and one awful performance.
26 June 2005 | by jond-7See all my reviews

The novel Winds of War is so engrossing that I've read it several times. The mini-series tries hard to put it on the screen, and has some notable success. The screenplay, written by Wouk himself, is faithful to the book; the location shooting and production values are first rate; and many of the performances are excellent. Unfortunately, several of the main characters are way too old for their parts.

Robert Mitchum is a tired looking 66 year old senior playing the part of a vigorous 50 year old naval officer. Jan-Michael Vincent is a 39 year old man playing a 23 year old youth. But the real stick-in-the-eye is Ali MacGraw. Not only is she a 45 year old woman playing a 30 year old, but she is so bad, so monotone, that it's like she was never in front of a camera. Very distracting, and puts a serious flaw in every scene that she ruins.

Lots of other performances are right on. Polly Bergen, Peter Graves, Topol, and David Dukes are all perfect in their roles.

In spite of the defects, the mini-series is like the book. Once you start watching, you're hooked.


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