The Winds of War

The Winds of War

DVD - 2004
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Set against the backdrop of world events that led to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Naval officer, Victor "Pug" Henry, and his family learn to navigate the waters of dangerous times in the late 1930s. While Germany expands and proceeds to seize several border countries, Italy attempts to establish a Fascist Colonial Empire under Mussolini and Japan prepares for a major battle with China. Meanwhile, the Henry clan finds itself drawn into the center of the conflict as they deal with the drama, romance, tragedy and heroism that lead to America's involvement in World War II.


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Aug 04, 2019

This is a decent mini-series on WW2 that's factual based historically just fast forward through all of the Ali MacGraw scenes, you might skip many of Jan-Michael Vincent scenes as well but that's okay he wasn't much better. Robert Mitchum was excellent as "Pug" the Navel officer that the main story line is about anyway, what a great actor he really makes the film.

Jul 27, 2019

I adore both the novel this mini-series was based upon and the mini-series itself. A romantic and epic look at World War II based on the family of Victor "Pug" Henry, the US Naval Atache to Nazi Germany.

May 03, 2018

How I enjoyed this as a series in the '80's. Mitchum was almost always great as playing his characters with the undercurrent attitude. He was a classic. Once I looked further into the life of JMV, I could hardly watch the remainder, what a tragic turn of life. McGraw was a pitiful actor.

Mar 24, 2017

Good movie. Accurate historically. Ali McGraw who is/was a very poor actress, was miscast as was was Jan Michael Vincent. Both were popular at the time the film was made. The rest of the cast was terrific.

C20T11 Mar 31, 2016

Great Show.!

Mar 22, 2016

A 1980s made-for-TV mini-series that I enjoyed way more than I thought I would. Six DVDs, so plan your watch time. I love Robert Mitchum in anything, including this story about an American Naval family facing WWII.

Aug 23, 2015

Even after 35 years, it's still an entertaining movie.
Ali Magraw (spelling wrong, I know) was the only one that stood out as "acting", everyone else made you really believe it was 1939 - 1941.

kevfarley Dec 31, 2011

David ,
Saw your comment on "Winds of War".
If this intrests you , I suggest seeing "Perilous Fight America's World War II in Color" is the BEST documentary I've ever seen on that War !
Please let me know what you think?,...

Nov 09, 2011

Very likely, the best TV mini-series ever produced. A real masterpiece for the small screen. I'd recommend to watch the series first, then read the book. Strangely enough, it works better this way.

Nov 08, 2011

Winds of War might be described as TV's last great hurrah. It came out in the 80's just before VCR's {remember them?} and rental movies. It has a great cast, a great stirring music theme and great locations-especially Yugoslavia filling in for Europe during the Second World War .
This series was a TV event and had folks staying in "glued" to their TV's. Cost big $$ and they sure don't make like 'em like this anymore.

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