The Winds of War (1983)


“I am an officer of the United States Navy, and unless I misunderstood you, or you care to withdraw it, you have asked me, in his name, to commit treason for money.” – Victor ‘Pug’ Henry

Number of Times Seen – 1 (30 May 2021)

Brief Synopsis – Epic tale of two families that range across the globe as the world begins to prepare for war in Europe.

My Take on it – Great miniseries that is able to show the way that little gestures led to an all out World War in the late 1930’s-early 1940’s.

The cast is superb here and Robert Mitchum is great as the patriarch of a family embroiled in everything taking place.

The miniseries is 14 hours long, but that allows the viewer to get an intimate portrait of each of these complex characters as they cross paths with one another on a global scale.

The way that they allow for characters to ‘touch’ real world decision makers is done in a very realistic fashion which helps give the viewer a birds eye view of how diplomacy and policy moved things in the direction of war.

The film also touches upon the various aspects of the way rumors were spread around the world about atrocities and how it could be mistaken for not being truthful at the time.

The rest of the cast is also exquisite with so many popular actors playing key roles like Polly Bergen, Peter Graves, Jan-Michael Vincent, Ally MacGraw, Ralph Bellamy, Topol and John Houseman to name just a few.

After seeing this, I’m not curious to check out it sequel War and Remembrance (189)

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Jan-Michael Vincent’s alcoholism was a major problem during filming, and may be why he was not cast in War and Remembrance (1988). The official explanation was that he was unavailable for the second series due to prior commitments to Airwolf (1984). (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)

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