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The Unknown Soldier (2017)

Tuntematon sotilas (original title)
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A film adaptation of Väinö Linna's best selling novel The Unknown Soldier (1954) and the novel's unedited manuscript version, Sotaromaani.

Director:

Aku Louhimies

Writers:

Väinö Linna (novels), Aku Louhimies (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eero Aho ... Rokka
Johannes Holopainen ... Kariluoto
Jussi Vatanen ... Koskela
Aku Hirviniemi ... Hietanen
Hannes Suominen ... Vanhala
Arttu Kapulainen ... Susi
Paula Vesala ... Lyyti
Samuel Vauramo ... Lammio
Joonas Saartamo ... Lahtinen
Juho Milonoff Juho Milonoff ... Honkajoki
Andrei Alen ... Rahikainen (as Andrei Alén)
Matti Ristinen ... Sarastie
Diana Pozharskaya ... Vera
Max Ovaska Max Ovaska ... Määttä
Kimi Vilkkula ... Sihvonen
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Storyline

June, 1941: Trapped between two repressive regimes, Finland has little choice but to ally itself with Nazi Germany against its traditional foe - although it manages to remain a democracy throughout. Virtually unknown in the WW ll arena, a brutal war against Soviet occupation takes place in the Far North. As the men of a Finnish infantry unit march through the forests of Karelia to regain territory lost to Russia in the Winter War of 1939, each of them soon realizes the horror and pointlessness of war. Except for their officers, more concerned about medals and personal glory than the lives of their men. A diverse group of men, all at odds with how they see themselves, each other, and the common cause - yet they are strengthened by a growing bond of camaraderie to each other and their loved ones. After huge personal sacrifice and a prolonged trench war, the outcome is inevitable, ending with a ceasefire in September 1944. Written by Beta Film GmbH

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Taglines:

Finland, behold, thy daylight now is dawning.

Genres:

Drama | War

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Country:

Finland | Belgium | Iceland

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

6 December 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Okänd soldat See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR7,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,717,199
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The original filming location for the winter scenes was Vekaranjärvi, Kouvola, but since the winter 2016-17 in southern Finland did not offer enough snow, the filming was moved farther north to Kuhmo. See more »

Alternate Versions

There are three distinct versions of this film: Finnish version (180 minutes), international version (167 minutes) and miniseries version (271 minutes). See more »

Connections

Version of The Unknown Soldier (1955) See more »

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Matka Alkaa/Journey Begins
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Powerfull new adaptation
27 July 2018 | by zanderforeverSee all my reviews

It will always be an exceptional historical movie. Respect for the Finnish people!


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