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||Robert "Bob" Cobert|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||7|
|Cinematography||Charles Correll and Stevan Larner, ASC|
|Editor(s)||John F. Burnett
|Running time||883 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Paramount Television
|Original network||ABC (US)|
|Original release||February 6– February 13, 1983|
|Followed by||War and Remembrance|
The Winds of War is a 1983 miniseries, directed and produced by Dan Curtis, that follows the book of the same name written 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 Armin von Roon as a major character, is a prominent subplot of the miniseries. The Winds of War also includes segments of documentary footage, narrated by William Woodson, to explain major events and important characters.
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
- Wolfgang Preiss as Field Marshal Walter von Brauchitsch
- Reinhard Kolldehoff as Hermann Göring
- Anton Diffring as Joachim von Ribbentrop
- Enzo G. Castellari as Benito Mussolini
- Sky Du Mont as Count Ciano
- Edmund Purdom as Luigi Gianelli
- Lawrence Pressman as Bunky Thurston
- Scott Brady as Captain Red Tully
- Leo Gordon as General 'Train' Anderson
- John Dehner as Admiral Ernest King
- Andrew Duggan as Admiral Husband Kimmel
- Charles Lane as Admiral William Standley
- Logan Ramsey as Congressman Lacouture
- Patrick Allen as Air Vice Marshal Dowding
- Allan Cuthbertson as Major General Tillet
- Ferdy Mayne as Ludwig Rosenthal
- Barbara Steele as Frau Stoller
- William Berger as Phil Briggs
- Ben Piazza as Aloysius Whitman
- Peter Brocco as Natalie's Father
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, The Winds of War eventually became a successful mini-series, co-produced by Paramount Pictures and the ABC television network, on which it aired, and directed by Dan Curtis.
- I, Claudius screenwriter Jack Pulman was originally hired to adapt the novel, and he and Wouk worked together for months preparing an outline. After Pulman passed away suddenly in 1979, Wouk himself wrote the teleplay for the series.
- Wouk 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 series consists of 7 episodes and has a runtime of 14 hours 40 minutes. (Episodes ranged from one-and-a-half to two-and-a-half hours.)
- The 962-page script contained 1765 scenes and 285 speaking parts.
- The estimated budget was very large for its time, $38 million ($120 million in 2017 dollars).
- The series was shot at 404 locations in Europe, California and Washington state over a 14-month schedule, starting in December 1980.
- Principal locations were Los Angeles, California; Zagreb, Opatija and Rijeka in Yugoslavia; Berchtesgaden, West Germany; Siena and Rome, Italy; London, UK; Vienna, Austria; and aboard the RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach, California and US Navy vessels at Port Hueneme, California and Bremerton, Washington.
- The opening scene sub-titled "Berlin" was actually filmed in and around the Hofburg in Vienna.
- The casting of Lee Strasberg as Aaron Jastrow was publicly announced in February 1981. Strasberg had to withdraw from the production before filming any scenes, due to ill health (he died in 1982). He was replaced by John Houseman. Houseman later had to withdraw from the sequel miniseries, War and Remembrance, due to his own ill health (he died in 1988). Houseman was replaced by John Gielgud.
- The Paramount production made use of battle scenes from other films during the attack scene on Pearl Harbor and during the German attacks on the Soviet Union, including scenes for both battles from Tora! Tora! Tora!
- The OpsRoom at RAF Uxbridge, from which the Battle of Britain fighter defenses were commanded, is only rarely made available to the public. Such producers as Dan Curtis managed to get permission to film there.
- The music was composed by Robert "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 show was a success throughout the United States and received many accolades, including Golden Globe nominations and various Emmy wins and nominations.
- Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited Series or a Special
- Outstanding Individual Achievement - Costumers
- Outstanding Individual Achievement - Special Visual Effects
- Outstanding Art Direction for a Limited Series or a Special
- Outstanding Directing in a Limited Series or a Special
- Outstanding Film Editing for a Limited Series or a Special
- Outstanding Film Sound Editing for a Limited Series or a Special
- Outstanding Film Sound Mixing for a Limited Series or a Special (three individual episodes nominated)
- Outstanding Limited Series (Dan Curtis, producer)
- Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or a Special (Ralph Bellamy, for playing Franklin Delano Roosevelt)
- Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Special (Polly Bergen, for playing Rhoda Henry)
- The Winds of War, DVD-featurette.
- IMDb: The Winds of War - episode list Linked 2013-08-27
- DVD Talk: Winds of War Linked 2013-08-27
- The Winds of War, DVD-featurette.
- The Winds of War, 1983-02-06, retrieved 2016-01-17