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The Unknown Soldier (1985)

Tuntematon sotilas (original title)
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 »


Rauni Mollberg


Veikko Aaltonen, Väinö Linna (novel) | 1 more credit »
3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »


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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


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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Finnish | Russian

Release Date:

6 December 1985 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Okänd soldat See more »

Filming Locations:

Fortress, Lappeenranta, Finland See more »


Box Office


FIM14,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Arctic-Filmi See more »
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Technical Specs


| (Television Cut) | (theatrical) |

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


To make the film look more realistic Rauni Mollberg wanted it be shot entirely with a hand-held camera. That was a style familiar from Mollberg's previous films. See more »


[first lines]
Corporal: The childhood plays are over now, recruit!
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Remake of The Unknown Soldier (1955) See more »


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The Unknown Soldier 1985
12 December 2011 | by Petey-10See all my reviews

Edvin Laine did it first and brought Väinö Linna's Tuntematon Sotilas to the big screen.The year was 1955.Tuntematon Sotilas (1985) is directed by Rauni Mollberg.Linna's novel is a classic, which I read last year.And so is the first version of the novel.They show it on every Independence Day (Dec 6) here in Finland.This year, that marked the 94th anniversary of our country, made no exception.I didn't watch it this year, but instead I borrowed this new version from the library.The cast consists of some known names, and there are also a lot of amateur actors.The more known names are Risto Tuorila (Koskela), Pirkka-Pekka Petelius (Hietanen), Paavo Liski (Rokka), Pertti Koivula (Lahtinen), Kari Väänänen (Lammio), Veikko Tiitinen (Kaarna), Risto Salmi (Korpela) and Yrjö Parjanne (Colonel).This doesn't get too close to the original.The 1980's war between Finland and Russia differs pretty much from the 1950's version of it.The battle scenes look good, but what I missed was the humor of the first movie.There's some, but it's not very funny.Even though it's war, it doesn't have to be so serious.Often, in horrendous situations, such as war, humor is the way to cope with it.The original is a classic, this is just a decent war movie.

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