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The Day the Earth Froze (1959)

Sampo (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure, Fantasy | April 1964 (USA)
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 ...
Ilmarinen
Andris Oshin ...
Lemminkäinen (as Andris Oshin)
Ada Vojtsik ...
Mother of Lemminkäinen (as Ada Voitsik)
Eve Kivi ...
Annikki
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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The Most Chilling Terror Ever Experienced

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Adventure | Fantasy

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FIM 1,000,000,000 (estimated)
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(Sovcolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The American version was heavily edited and included new footage shot by Americans. See more »

Quotes

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: Eegah (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Mieleni minun tekevi, aivoni ajattelevi
Written by Igor Morozov / trad.
Performed by Urho Somersalmi
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Kalevala
13 February 2006 | by See all my reviews

This movie is based on our national epic called Kalevala. I think I saw this movie when I was a teenager and didn't really appreciate it, but now I absolutely love it.

By the way... the language in this movie is not Russian...it's Finnish... and I should know.

I'm sure that this movie is on video, but it might be only in Finnish.

I would also recommend Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki and his excellent movies; I hired a contract killer, tulitikkutehtaan tytto and a man without a past.

Hyvia elokuvakokemuksia kaikille!


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