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Tuntematon sotilas (1985)

This film is the second silver screen adaption of the Finnish war book by Väinö Linna with the same name as the film. The story is based on Linna's experiences as an infantry man in the ... See full summary »

Director:

Rauni Mollberg

Writers:

Veikko Aaltonen, Väinö Linna (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Risto Tuorila Risto Tuorila ... Koskela
Pirkka-Pekka Petelius ... Hietanen
Paavo Liski Paavo Liski ... Rokka
Mika Mäkelä Mika Mäkelä ... Rahikainen
Pertti Koivula Pertti Koivula ... Lahtinen
Tero Niva Tero Niva ... Vanhala
Ossi-Ensio Korvuo Ossi-Ensio Korvuo ... Määttä
Mikko Niskanen Mikko Niskanen ... Salo
Pauli Poranen Pauli Poranen ... Lehto
Hannu Kivioja Hannu Kivioja ... Riitaoja
Juha Riihimäki Juha Riihimäki ... Sihvonen
Seppo Juusonen Seppo Juusonen ... Suentassu
Timo Virkki Timo Virkki ... Honkajoki
Vesa Ala-Seppälä Vesa Ala-Seppälä ... Hauhia
Risto Hetta Risto Hetta ... Vuorela
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Storyline

This film is the second silver screen adaption of the Finnish war book by Väinö Linna with the same name as the film. The story is based on Linna's experiences as an infantry man in the Finnish army during the so called "Continuation War" (1941-1944). The film tells the story of the fate of a machine gun platoon made up of young conscripts from various parts of Finland fighting against the Russian army from the beginning (summer 1941) to the end (summer/autumn 1944) of the war. Many of the characters are based on author Linna's brothers in arms. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | War

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Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish | Russian

Release Date:

6 December 1985 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Az ismeretlen katona See more »

Filming Locations:

Fortress, Lappeenranta, Finland See more »

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Budget:

FIM 14,000,000 (estimated)
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Arctic-Filmi See more »
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Runtime:

| (Television Cut) | (theatrical) |

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

With its 590 271 spectators Tuntematon sotilas (1985) was the fourth highest grossing movie in Finland in the 80s. It was beaten by Uuno Turhapuro armeijan leivissä (1984), Talvisota (1989) and Uuno Epsanjassa (1985). See more »

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Corporal: The childhood plays are over now, recruit!
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Decent remake
21 January 2012 | by WakenPayneSee all my reviews

I agree in saying it's nothing on the original.

One thing I will compliment this movie on is one thing it's criticized for - the fact it was hand-held camera. There is almost no shaky movements within the whole movie - for a fact there is only one shot out of the whole movie that really bothered me.

This movie also seems like it is a movie too reliant on showing realistic war violence (a previous reviewer from the Finnish army actually said it's realistic war violence) rather than telling a story - which the original tried to do.

For recreations of some of the scenes in this there are sometimes when the reenactments of the original were just the same others when it was worse and there was only one scene out of the whole thing that I thought was reenacted better than the original - The scene where the medic truck was bombed - because of the previous scene where you see wounded soldiers cry out in pain and then you see it being bombed by Russians, Mollberg only made that scene better executed than the one made 30 years prior.

In this movie they don't humanize the Russians like in Talvisota but this time they don't really portray the Finns as good kind-hearted saints, there is a bit in the movie where a Finn shoots a Russian soldier taken prisoner.

Overall: Decent remake - so that means it's a better remake than most.


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