The Winds of War


3h 1983

Brief Synopsis

Herman Wouk's best-selling 1971 epic about a fictional Navy family in the days leading up to Pearl Harbor came to TV in this 16-hour miniseries over seven nights (initially it had been planned for only twelve hours). At about $40-million, it was the single most expensive television event up to that

Film Details

Also Known As
Winds of War
Release Date
1983

Technical Specs

Duration
3h

Synopsis

Herman Wouk's best-selling 1971 epic about a fictional Navy family in the days leading up to Pearl Harbor came to TV in this 16-hour miniseries over seven nights (initially it had been planned for only twelve hours). At about $40-million, it was the single most expensive television event up to that time. Filmed over a period of 13 months in over 400 locations, this TV saga captured a massive audience not only for its content but also its stars. Robert Mitchum, as a fictitious commander who hobnobs with the greats of the time and is asked for advice by FDR, Churchill and others, did his first TV acting here (although the TV movie he made subsequently, "One Shoe Makes It Murder", was shown first).Ali MacGraw also made her TV acting debut as the Jewish girl who falls in love with Mitchum's WASP son (Jan-Michael Vincent). Polly Bergen, as Mitchum's ambitious, socially-active wife, and Ralph Bellamy, as FDR (reprising the role he made famous on stage and screen in "Sunrise at Campobello" over 22 years earlier), won Emmy Award nominations as Supporting Actress and Actor. Other nominations: Outstanding Limited Series, direction (Part 7), art direction and set decoration (Part 1), costume design (Part 2), editing (Part 7), special effects (Part 4), and four more in the sound category. It won Emmys for photography (part 7) and costume design (part 2).An equally expansive miniseries, with much of the same cast and production crew, and based on Wouk's sequel novel, "War and Remembrance", covering the events from Pearl Harbor to war's end, was scheduled to begin production in late 1985 as a monumental 30-hour miniseries for the 1987-88 television season.

Cast

Leo Gordon

General "Train" Anderson

Michael Mcguire

Francesco Carnelutti

Jack Ging

Peter Graves

Osman Ragheb

Chuck Mitchell

Felix Nelson

Rene Kolldehoff

Howard Lang

John Sanderford

Jerry G Velasco

Patrick Allen

Joseph Hacker

Ben Murphy

Hugh Gillin

Deborah Winters

Elizabeth Hoffman

Timothy Stack

Werner Kreindl

Tom Mcfadden

Roy Poole

Hy Aberg

Barbara Steele

Ali Macgraw

Bruce Hayes

James Kerry

Andrew Duggan

Dr. Dieter Wagner

Carolyn Rusoff

Ivo Jurida

Justin Buerhlen

Demeter Bitenc

Gene Ross

Joseph Taggart

Lin Mccarthy

Albert Morin

Venco Kapural

Ben Piazza

Don Collier

John Houseman

Lawrence Pressman

Jerry Fujikawa

Charles Lane

Maysie Hoy

Victoria Tennant

Francesco Chianese

Scott Brady

Anton Diffring

John Karlen

Jane Bolton

Wolfgang Preiss

Anatoly Chaguinian

Neil Dickson

Laurence Haddon

Elliott Street

Damir Weiss

Fritz Von Friedl

Enzo G. Castellari

John Harkins

Logan Ramsey

Mickey Knox

William Z Woodson

Narrator

Gianni Rizzo

Henryk Tifer

Colin Douglas

Matt Clark

Robert Mitchum

Karl Otto Alberty

Ibrica Jusic

Joachim Hansen

Anthony Palmer

Duncan Ross

Albert Ruprecht

John Carter

Uwe Falkenbach

Richard Barnes

Jeremy Kemp

Allan Cuthbertson

Gunter Meisner

Ken Lynch

Rod Pilloud

Haym Topol

Ralph Bellamy

Minnie G Lindsey

Polly Bergen

Peter Brocco

Ben Hammer

Edmund Pegge

Jacques Berlin

David Dukes

William Berger

Ray Blackburn

Richard X. Slattery

Davis Roberts

Patrick Cameron

Ben Astar

Michael Logan

Byron Morrow

George Murdock

Stephen Parlya

Mario Dergang

Rainer Penkert

Anton Strunjak

Mitch Carter

Siegfried Rauch

Dick Armstrong

Judith Atwell

Hugh Liggett

Stelio Candelli

Stefan Gierasch

Damir Mejovesk

Richard Brent

John Dehner

Edmund Purdom

Art Lund

Paul Muller

Guido Wikland

Reinhold Claszewski

Ron Rifkin

Steve Liebman

Charles Pitt

Ferdy Mayne

Jan-michael Vincent

Tommy Lee Holland

Alexander Kerst

Barry Morse

Lisa Eilbacher

David Cardy

Arthur Brauss

Lewis Ciannelli

Belle Ellig

Eloise Hardt

James Ray

Michael Ensign

Sky Du Mont

Peter Bourne

Film Details

Also Known As
Winds of War
Release Date
1983

Technical Specs

Duration
3h

Quotes

Trivia

Miscellaneous Notes

Aired in United States February 10, 1983

Aired in United States February 11, 1983

Aired in United States February 13, 1983

7

Paramount Pictures' Domestic Television Division released a syndicated, condensed version of the mini-series.

Released in United States on Video December 14, 1989

Aired in United States February 6, 1983

Aired in United States February 7, 1983

Aired in United States February 8, 1983

Aired in United States February 9, 1983