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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 »




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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Drama | War


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


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Mollberg succeeds making a realistic war movie.
30 September 2000 | by kuikkaSee all my reviews

This film is based on Väinö Linna's novel "Unknown soldier", but the style of the movie differs dramatically from the style of the book. Linna tells his story with bitter black humour and he has war heroes, Koskela & Rokka for example. Mollberg's version has neither heroes nor humour. Instead his movie is starred by blood and terror. Linna awakens, Mollberg silences.

In the genre of war movies Mollberg's work is right on top, it has both artistic and realistic merits, for instance The bridge over the River Kwai lacks the latter. The way Mollberg shows his characters is, however, little too straightforward; Everyone is described thru one mental quality, Lehto is always cynical etc. The mythic silence that surrounds Koskela grows to the astronomical. On the other hand Mollberg succeeds in filming the fear and anger.

The greatest finnish film ever made.

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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


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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