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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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Director:
Writers:
Viktor Vitkovich (screenplay) &
Grigori Yagdfeld (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
April 1964 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The Most Chilling Terror Ever Experienced
Plot:
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 »
User Reviews:
A misrepresented Russian classic See more (23 total) »

Cast

  (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)
 
Thanks
Elias Lönnrot .... dedicatee
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sampo" - Finland (original title)
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Runtime:
Argentina:90 min | Finland:90 min | Soviet Union:91 min | USA:67 min
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Color:
Color (Sovcolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (English version) | 4-Track Stereo (original version)
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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?See more »
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Soundtrack:
Kiitä sulho onneasi, hyvän sait, hyvän tapasitSee more »

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22 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
A misrepresented Russian classic, 15 May 2008
Author: Quotation-of-Dream from United Kingdom

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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