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The Day the Earth Froze (1959)
"Sampo" (original title)

 -  Adventure | Fantasy  -  April 1964 (USA)
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Based on Finnish mythology, this movie traces the exploits of Lemminkainen as he woos the fair Annikki and battles the evil witch Louhi. Louhi kidnaps Annikki to compel her father to build ... See full summary »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Urho Somersalmi ...
Anna Orochko ...
Louhi (as Anna Orotshko)
Ivan Voronov ...
Andris Oshin ...
Lemminkäinen (as Andris Oshin)
Ada Vojtsik ...
Mother of Lemminkäinen (as Ada Voitsik)
Eve Kivi ...
Georgiy Millyar ...
Sorcerer (as Georgi Milljar)
Mikhail Troyanovsky ...
Soothsayer (as Mihail Trojanovski)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anatoliy Barantsev ...
(as A. Barantsev)
Vladimir Boriskin ...
(as V. Boriskin)
Valentin Bryleev ...
(as Valentin Brylejev)
Anneli Haahdenmaa ...
Annikki (voice)
Maikki Hako ...
Kalevan kansaa
Hilkka Helinä ...
Lemminkäinen's mother (voice)
E. Hippeläinen ...
(as Emma Hippeläinen)
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Based on Finnish mythology, this movie traces the exploits of Lemminkainen as he woos the fair Annikki and battles the evil witch Louhi. Louhi kidnaps Annikki to compel her father to build for her a Sampo, a magical device that creates salt, grain, and gold. When Lemminkainen tries (and fails) to recover the Sampo, Louhi steals the sun, plunging the world into frozen darkness. Written by Leo L. Schwab <ewhac@best.com>

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Trivia

This was the only Finnish film that had a 4-track stereo soundtrack. See more »

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Troll: [Ilmarinen hammers a viking ship out of molten iron, greatly distressing Louhi's trolls] What is to become of us?
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You can't judge this film by its American version...
20 November 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In the 1960s, some idiots bought this Finnish-Soviet production and brought it to the screen. The problem is that the plot involving a Finnish folk tale was confusing to Western audiences, so the film was chopped to pieces--and almost 30% of the original film was thrown on the cutting room floor. As a result, it's very dull and confusing--and not worth your time. There is LOTS of narration to fill in the gaps but the film never is interesting or coherent. HOWEVER, I am not maligning the original film--just this terrible dubbed mess seen in the States.

While bastardizing a movie like this seems odd today, American-International did this a lot--buying up Russian and Japanese films and creatively editing them into American films. Sometimes they inserted down-on-their-luck actors into the films (such as Basil Rathbone) and I sure would rather see the original movie--which MIGHT actually be pretty good. But, in the 60s, they rarely trusted foreign subtitled films--and sloppily dubbed them. Sad...and stupid.


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