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 Aku Hirviniemi ... Hietanen
Hannes Suominen ... Vanhala
Arttu Kapulainen ... Susi
Paula Vesala ... Lyyti
Samuel Vauramo ... Lammio
Joonas Saartamo ... Lahtinen
Juho Milonoff Juho Milonoff ... Honkajoki
Andrei Alén ... Rahikainen
Matti Ristinen ... Sarastie
Diana Pozharskaya ... Vera
Max Ovaska Max Ovaska ... Määttä
Vincent Willestrand ... Sihvonen (as Kimi Vilkkula)
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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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Finland, behold, thy daylight now is dawning.

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Drama | War

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The audio track was verified by actor and wildlife enthusiast Pirkka-Pekka Petelius to ensure that the birds heard in the background throughout the film were correct given the time of year. See more »

Goofs

After the wedding everyone walks out from the church. One woman in brown coat seems to have a foot injury, but the blue support around the foot looks very modern. 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 »

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Edited into Tuntematon sotilas (2018) See more »

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Matka Petroskoihin/March To Petroskoi
Written by Lasse Enersen
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Powerful
13 November 2017 | by kstjernaSee all my reviews

A powerful movie of a powerful story with many lawyers. Authentic, illustrating the pain and brokenness that resulted from the "all or nothing" war. A visually compelling movie about people, about love of your country, and about the love of your family. Heroes, like my grandparents, deserve movies like this that keep remembering the full story.


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Country:

Finland | Belgium | Iceland

Language:

Finnish | Russian

Release Date:

6 December 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tuntematon sotilas 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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