The Winds of War (miniseries)
|The Winds of War (miniseries)|
|Created by||Dan Curtis|
|Written by||Herman Wouk|
|Directed by||Dan Curtis|
|Narrated by||William Woodson|
|Theme music composer||Bob Cobert|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||7|
|Editor(s)||John F. Burnett
|Cinematography||Charles Correll and Stevan Larner, ASC|
|Running time||883 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Paramount Television
|Original channel||ABC (US)|
|Original run||February 6, 1983– February 13, 1983|
|Followed by||War and Remembrance|
The Winds of War is a 1983 miniseries that follows the book of the same name by Herman Wouk. Just as in the book, in addition to the lives of the Henry and Jastrow families, much time in the miniseries is devoted to the major global events of this period. Adolf Hitler and the German military staff with the fictitious general von Roon as a major character is a prominent subplot of the miniseries. Winds of War also includes segments of documentary footage narrated by William Woodson to explain major events and important characters.
According to the DVD-featurette "From Novel to Television," The Winds of War became a smashing television success, and a US national television event as never seen before. It was followed by a sequel War and Remembrance in 1988, also directed by Dan Curtis.
The film follows the plot of Wouk's novel closely, depicting events from March 1939 until the entry of the United States into World War II in December 1941.
|Part||Title||Original air date|
|1||"The Winds Rise"||February 6, 1983|
|2||"The Storm Breaks"||February 7, 1983|
|3||"Cataclysm"||February 8, 1983|
|4||"Defiance"||February 9, 1983|
|5||"Of Love and War"||February 10, 1983|
|6||"Changing of the Guard"||February 11, 1983|
|7||"Into the Maelstrom"||February 13, 1983|
- Robert Mitchum as Victor Henry ("Pug")
- Ali MacGraw as Natalie Jastrow
- Jan-Michael Vincent as Byron Henry ("Briny")
- John Houseman as Aaron Jastrow
- Polly Bergen as Rhoda Henry
- Lisa Eilbacher as Madeline Henry
- David Dukes as Leslie Slote
- Topol as Berel Jastrow
- Ben Murphy as Warren Henry
- Deborah Winters as Janice Lacouture Henry
- Peter Graves as Palmer Kirby ("Fred")
- Jeremy Kemp as Brig. Gen. Armin von Roon
- Ralph Bellamy as President Franklin Delano Roosevelt
- Victoria Tennant as Pamela Tudsbury
- Günter Meisner as Adolf Hitler
- Howard Lang as Winston Churchill
- Michael Logan as Alistair Tudsbury
- Barry Morse as Wolf Stoller
- Sky Du Mont as Count Ciano
- Edward M. Cafarella as USS California Crewmember
Author Herman Wouk was very negative and skeptical about a motion picture adaptation of his beloved and scrupulously researched novel, since he was most displeased with several earlier adaptations of his novels. But in 1983, Winds of War eventually became a successful mini-series on the ABC television network, directed by Dan Curtis. Herman Wouk himself wrote the teleplay for the series and had considerable influence on the production itself, and gave detailed instructions on what and how many commercials would be allowed. Wouk also has a cameo as the archbishop of Siena. The music with its famous main theme was composed by Bob Cobert, a composer often associated with Curtis. Nazi concentration camp-survivor Branko Lustig was an associate producer in the miniseries, and also on Schindler's List.
- The series consists of 7 episodes, has a runtime of 14 hours 40 minutes (episodes ranged from one-and-a-half to two-and-a-half hours). The script was almost 1000 pages. The estimated budget was very large for its time, about $35 million (about $75 million in 2010 dollars).
- The series was shot all over the world, but main shooting locations were Germany, the United States, Italy, the UK, (then) Yugoslavia and Austria. For example the opening scene sub-titled "Berlin" was actually filmed in and around the Hofburg in Vienna.
- The Paramount production made use of battle scenes from other films during the attack scene on Pearl Harbor, including scenes from Tora! Tora! Tora!
- The OpsRoom at RAF Uxbridge from which the Battle of Britain fighter defences were commanded, is only rarely made available to the public. Producers managed to get permission to film there.
The show was a success throughout America and was widely received as a well done series, honoring the show with many accolades, including Golden Globe nominations and various Emmy wins and nominations.
The series has been criticized for its many inaccuracies in portraying Hitler's temperament to the point that it has been likened to fiction.
- Winds of War at the Internet Movie Database
- Winds of War at AllMovie
- Winds of War at TV.com
- The Winds of War opening titles on YouTube