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Director  Rauni Mollberg
Screenplay  Veikko Aaltonen
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Country  Finland
7.6/10 IMDb

Genre  Drama, War
Story by  Vaino Linna
Language  Finnish
The Unknown Soldier (1985 film) movie poster
Writer  Veikko Aaltonen, Vaino Linna
Release date  1985 (1985)
Cast  Risto Tuorila (Koskela), Pirkka-Pekka Petelius (Hietanen), Kari Väänänen (Lammio), Paavo Liski (Rokka), Mika Mäkelä (Rahikainen), Pertti Koivula (Lahtinen)
Similar movies  Ambush (1999), Beyond the Front Line (2004), The Cuckoo (2002), Crime and Punishment (1983), Cross of Iron (1977)

The Unknown Soldier (Finnish: Tuntematon sotilas) is a Finnish 1985 film directed by Rauni Mollberg. It is a remake of the 1955 film of the same title, directed by Edvin Laine and based on the best selling Finnish novel by the same name written by Väinö Linna.

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The Unknown Soldier (1985 film) movie scenes

It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival. The film was selected as the Finnish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 59th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.

Plot

Set against the events of the Finnish continuation war, the film follows a machine gun troops journey into Soviet Union. The troop includes the simple-minded Hietanen, the jokey Vanhala, the cynical Lahtinen, the cowardly Riitaoja and grumpy Lehto. The film also follows the command officers, such as the happy and slightly senile Captain Kaarna, the young and idealistic Captain Kariluoto and the strict and unsympathetic Lieutenant Lammio. They face many struggles, such as seeing the supportive Kaarna die in their first battle, three of the soldiers refusing to leave their punishment post during an air-raid as well as defending the trenches after the Finns have taken back parts of Karelia. Part of the way, the troop is joined by Rokka, a Karelian veteran of the winter war, who also clashes with Lammio due to having little respect for military discipline despite being an excellent and capable soldier.

Cast

  • Risto Tuorila – Koskela
  • Pirkka-Pekka Petelius – Hietanen
  • Paavo Liski – Rokka
  • Mika Mäkelä – Rahikainen
  • Pertti Koivula – Lahtinen
  • Tero Niva – Vanhala
  • Ossi-Ensio Korvuo – Määttä
  • Mikko Niskanen – Salo
  • Pauli Poranen – Lehto
  • Hannu Kivioja – Riitaoja
  • Juha Riihimäki – Sihvonen
  • Seppo Juusonen – Susi
  • Timo Virkki – Honkajoki
  • Vesa Ala-Seppälä – Hauhia
  • Risto Hetta – Vuorela
  • Production

    Mollberg used young and unknown actors, many of them now famous. The film was shot in color with much hand-held footage, attempting to portray the story more realistically than the prior Edvin Laine version. This has often lead to unfavourable comparisons with the better-known 1955 adaption. Although a full musical score was composed for the movie, Mollberg released the finished film without it for stylistic reasons.

    References

    The Unknown Soldier (1985 film) Wikipedia
    The Unknown Soldier (1985 film) IMDb The Unknown Soldier (1985 film) themoviedb.org


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