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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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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 ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nina Anderson ...
Annikki (voice)
Anatoliy Barantsev ...
(as A. Barantsev)
Vladimir Boriskin ...
(as V. Boriskin)
Valentin Bryleev ...
(as Valentin Brylejev)
Ingrid Elhardt ...
Loukhy the Witch (voice)
E. Hippeläinen ...
(as Emma Hippeläinen)
D. Karpova
N. Kollen
Lennart Lauramaa ...
(as L. Lauramaa)


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 <>

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The Most Chilling Terror Ever Experienced


Adventure | Fantasy


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April 1964 (USA)  »

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The Day the Earth Froze  »

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FIM 1,000,000,000 (estimated)

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2.35 : 1
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This was the only Finnish film that had a 4-track stereo soundtrack. See more »


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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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Hercules (1993) See more »


Jo meni minun omani, kultakutrini katosi
Written by Igor Morozov / Väinö Kaukonen
Performed by Eve Kivi
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A misrepresented Russian classic
15 May 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Warning! The original version of "Sampo" lasts over 90 minutes, and is a beautiful, atmospheric and awe-inspiring retelling of the Finnish legend of the Sampo, from their national epic, "The Kalevala". In many ways it was the great director Alexander Ptushko's most ambitious film: the idea of the Sampo itself goes far beyond the search for a mere object, touching on the mainsprings of desire and humanity's questing spirit (in much the same way as does the Holy Grail in Arthurian literature).

Sadly, the American release as "The Day the Earth Froze" more or less destroyed the director's structure, his epic time scale, and the sense of mystery to the plot itself, sacrificing everything subtle in a brainless attempt to turn the film into helter-skelter action and swashbuckling excitement. Almost one third of the original film disappeared, and much of the rest was barbarically recut.

The result is a travesty - please, if you watch and rightly condemn "The Day the Earth Froze", do not confuse this farago with the beautiful and profound original film which is (or was) "Sampo"!

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