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The Unknown Soldier (1955)

Tuntematon sotilas (original title)
The tale of a platoon of soldiers during the Continuation War. Based on Väinö Linna's book of the same name.

Director:

Edvin Laine

Writers:

Väinö Linna (novel), Juha Nevalainen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kosti Klemelä Kosti Klemelä ... Vilho 'Ville' Koskela
Heikki Savolainen ... Urho Hietanen
Reino Tolvanen Reino Tolvanen ... Antero 'Antti' Rokka
Veikko Sinisalo Veikko Sinisalo ... Yrjö Lahtinen
Åke Lindman ... Lehto
Pentti Siimes ... Määttä
Leo Riuttu Leo Riuttu ... Vanhala
Kaarlo Halttunen Kaarlo Halttunen ... Rahikainen
Matti Ranin Matti Ranin ... Jorma Kariluoto
Jussi Jurkka ... Lammio
Tauno Palo ... Sarastie
Pentti Irjala Pentti Irjala ... Kaarna
Vilho Siivola ... Mäkilä
Martti Romppanen Martti Romppanen ... Sihvonen
Tapio Hämäläinen Tapio Hämäläinen ... Salo
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In 1941 Finland attacks the Soviet Union to regain the territory that the Soviet Union occupied after the Winter war 1939-1940. Among the Finnish soldiers are Anttero, Wolf Paw, Koskela and Hietanen. Under great hardships and deaths of comrades in arms they manage to come as far as Lake Onega before the losses become too great. Written by Mattias Thuresson

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Drama | War

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Trivia

When the film was shown in Russia for the first time ever (well after the downfall of the Soviet Union), it received a standing ovation from the audience. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Vanhala: The Soviet Union won the war but the little and tough Finland became second.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Polle, polle, älä aisalles kaki, sillä huomenna on markkinapäivä ...
Sung by Heikki Savolainen
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Simply The Best
3 May 2004 | by vassellSee all my reviews

There is no better war-film ever made in history. This ruthless Saga of Finland struggling against former Super Power of the world is just heavy true story. You can almost feel the fear in finnish soldiers who are doing all they can to stop russians march. Movie is fullfilled with black humor what is so common even todays finns behaviour, when they find themselves in though position. I watch this movie every year, cause I like it so much, and I´m not even a patriot or like so much about war movies in general. I recommend this movie to all. "Tuntematon sotilas" (The Unknown Soldier) is a made from the book with same name on it and I think book is even better, but of course you can´t ever compete with a movie against book (Sorry about my poor english).


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Details

Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

23 December 1955 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Okänd soldat See more »

Filming Locations:

Luumäki, Finland See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

FIM46,667,761 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Suomen Filmiteollisuus See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (cut) | (1956)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Aga-Baltic)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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