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The Day the Earth Froze (1959)

Sampo (original title)
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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The Most Chilling Terror Ever Experienced

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Adventure | Fantasy

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Release Date:

April 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Day the Earth Froze  »

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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

This was the only Finnish film that had a 4-track stereo soundtrack. 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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Connections

Featured in Suomi-Filmin tarina: Taistelu aikaa vastaan 1950- (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Mieleni minun tekevi, aivoni ajattelevi
Written by Igor Morozov / trad.
Performed by Urho Somersalmi
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Yeah, not very good
9 December 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's interesting to find out that this movie was made by the Soviet Union right after the Cold War started. I guess as communism was taking over, the movie quality was going down. Anyway, I admit that it's hard for me to really judge this. It's apparently based on Finnish folklore which I'm not familiar with. The dubbing is really bad, but that can't be blamed on the actual people who made it. I still find it to be bad because it makes little sense. It features a witch who kidnaps a girl. When she's saved, she steals the Sun instead.

Yeah, maybe it made more sense in the original fairy tale. It's pretty anti-climatic, especially with how the witch's army is just sung to sleep! The costumes are really gaudy and look too ridiculous. It's a very slow moving film now that I think about it. The story made little sense and even for a film barely over an hour long, it seemed padded. I guess if you're more familiar with the mythology, you might enjoy it, but otherwise, it's bad. *1/2


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