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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 »

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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Genres:

Drama | War

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Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish | Russian

Release Date:

6 December 1985 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Okänd soldat See more »

Filming Locations:

Fortress, Lappeenranta, Finland See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

FIM14,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Arctic-Filmi See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Television Cut) | (theatrical) |

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Corporal: The childhood plays are over now, recruit!
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Connections

Featured in Lotat (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Jääkärin marssi
By Jean Sibelius
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A good war-movie about Finland in World War II
11 January 1999 | by Lassi-4See all my reviews

This movie is following a Finnish platoon in Finlands struggle against Soviet Union in the Continuation War starting in 1942. In the beginning the men are conscripts who are sent to the front when Finland attacks SU in hope of getting back the area that SU took from Finland in Winter War in 1940. In the beginning Finland is victorious but then the luck turns... Finland has to start its retreat. The men are just 19-year-old boys when the war starts, but in the end they are heroes who kept the Finland independent despite of the massive Soviet Army.


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