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The Day the Earth Froze (1959) More at IMDbPro »Sampo (original title)

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The Day the Earth Froze -- American International Pictures imported a series of foreign films boasting fantastic special effects, strange storylines and eye-popping color. Thus came THE DAY THE EARTH FROZE, a fantasy in which a witch freezes the world until she achieves her evil desires.


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Viktor Vitkovich (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
April 1964 (USA) See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Urho Somersalmi ... Väinämöinen
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: Finnish version)
Maikki Hako ... Kalevan kansaa
Hilkka Helinä ... Lemminkäinen's mother (voice: Finnish version)
E. Hippeläinen (as Emma Hippeläinen)
Mauno Hyvönen ... Ilmarinen (voice: Finnish version)
D. Karpova
Kauko Kokkonen ... Lemminkäinen (voice: Finnish version)
N. Kollen
Varma Lahtinen ... Kalevan kansaa
Toivo Lankinen ... Velho (voice: Finnish version)
Lennart Lauramaa (as L. Lauramaa)
Helmi Lehosti ... Kalevan kansaa
A. Lenskaya (as A. Lenskaja)
Annikki Linnoila ... Kalevan kansaa
Alice Lyly ... Kalevan kansaa
Aleksandr Macheret (as A. Matsheret)
Marvin Miller ... Narrator (voice: English version)
P. Modnikov
Maija-Liisa Pohjola ... Kalevan kansaa
John 'Shorty' Powers ... Lemminkainen (voice: English version) (as Colonel John 'Shorty' Powers)
Pirkko Raitio ... Kalevan kansaa
T. Romppainen
Sylva Rossi ... Kalevan kansaa
Kuuno Sevander ... Tietäjä (voice: Finnish version)
Maininki Sippola ... Kalevan kansaa
Aune Somersalmi ... Louhi (voice: Finnish version)
Viktor Uralskiy (as Viktor Uralskij)
Yrjö Jyrinkoski ... Narrator (voice: Finnish version) (uncredited)
Nikolay Lebedev ... Old Man (uncredited)
Lea Venkula ... Kalevalainen tyttö (uncredited)

Directed by
Aleksandr Ptushko 
Writing credits
Viktor Vitkovich (screenplay) (as Viktor Vitkovitsh) &
Grigori Yagdfeld (screenplay) (as Grigori Jagdfeld)

Väinö Kaukonen (dialogue adaptation: Finnish language) (as V. Kaukonen)

Elias Lönnrot  book "Kalevala" (uncredited)

Produced by
G. Kusnetsov .... producer (as Georgi Kuznetsov)
Risto Orko .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Igor Morozov 
Cinematography by
Gennadi Tsekavyj  (as G. Tsekavyj)
Viktor Yakushev  (as V. Yakushev)
Film Editing by
Holger Harrivirta (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Lev Milchin  (as L. Milchin)
Set Decoration by
Aleksandr Makarov  (as A. Makarov)
Costume Design by
Ritva Karpio 
Makeup Department
M. Rozhkov .... makeup designer
Production Management
A. Stefanskii .... production manager (as A. Stefanski)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
B. Evgenev .... assistant director (as B. Jevgenev)
Holger Harrivirta .... assistant director (as H. Harrivirta)
A. Vanitshkin .... assistant director
Art Department
V. Smirnov .... set designer
Sound Department
Mariya Blyakhina .... sound recordist (as M. Bljahina)
Special Effects by
L. Dovgvillo .... special effects cinematographer (as L. Dovgvilo)
Z. Moryakova .... special effect artist (as Z. Morjakova)
Aleksandr Renkov .... special effects (as A. Renkov)
Music Department
S. Sakharov .... conductor (as S. Saharov)
Martti Turunen .... choir leader
Väinö Kaukonen .... lyricist (uncredited)
Other crew
Erkki Ala-Könni .... expert
Väinö Kaukonen .... expert
Jorma Leppäaho .... expert
I. Rostovtsev .... publicist
Kustaa Vilkuna .... expert
Lennart Lauramaa .... location manager: Finland (uncredited)
Elias Lönnrot .... dedicatee

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sampo" - Finland (original title)
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Argentina:90 min | Finland:90 min | Soviet Union:91 min | USA:67 min
Color (Sovcolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (English version) | 4-Track Stereo (original version)
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The American version was heavily edited and included new footage shot by Americans.See more »
Troll:[Ilmarinen hammers a viking ship out of molten iron, greatly distressing Louhi's trolls] What is to become of us?See more »
Kiitä sulho onneasi, hyvän sait, hyvän tapasitSee more »


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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Quirky, 21 December 2006
Author: asimov13647 from Close-to-nothing-on-Rachett, NY

My only exposure to Sampo (aka The Day the Earth Froze) comes by way of Mystery Science Theater 3000. I have an extensive collection of MST3K movies (almost 200) and of those the Russo-Finnish movies (Sampo, The Sword and Dragon, Jack Frost, et al) are among my favorites. They lend themselves to Mystification but are entertaining and, (dare I say it?) absorbing in and of themselves. They contain a quaint charm and stark moral values and despite their quirkiness, are entertaining. In a day and age in which we find serial killer 'good guys' and ambiguous moral lessons the old Russo-Finnish fairy tales are the preferred entertainment for this century's jaded child. This review is not about The Day the Earth Froze SPECIFICALLY but is merely a comment on the simple moral tales of the good-old-days. R.I.P.

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