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Release Date:
April 1964 (USA) See more »
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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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nina Anderson ... Annikki (voice: English version)
Anatoliy Barantsev (as A. Barantsev)
Vladimir Boriskin (as V. Boriskin)
Valentin Bryleev (as Valentin Brylejev)
Ingrid Elhardt ... Loukhy the Witch (voice: English version)
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)
Georgiy Millyar ... Sorcerer (as Georgij Miljar)
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)
Peter Sorenson ... Ilmarinen (voice: English version)
Mikhail Troyanovsky ... Soothsayer (as Mihail Trojanovskij)
Viktor Uralskiy (as Viktor Uralskij)
Lea Venkula ... Kalevalainen tyttö (uncredited)
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Directed by
Aleksandr Ptushko 
 
Writing credits
Viktor Vitkovich  (as Viktor Vitkovitsh) &
Grigori Yagdfeld  (as Grigori Jagdfeld)

Väinö Kaukonen  (Finnish dialogue editor) (as V. Kaukonen)
Elias Lönnrot  book "Kalevala" (uncredited)

Produced by
G. Kusnetsov .... producer (as Georgi Kuznetsov)
Risto Orko .... producer
 
Original Music by
Igor Morozov  (as Otto Strode)
 
Cinematography by
Gennadi Tsekavyj  (as G. Tsekavyj)
Viktor Yakushev  (as V. Yakushev)
 
Film Editing by
Holger Harrivirta 
 
Art Direction by
Lev Milchin  (as L. Milchin)
 
Set Decoration by
Aleksandr Makarov  (as A. Makarov)
 
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)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ritva Karpio .... costumer
 
Music Department
S. Sakharov .... conductor
Martti Turunen .... choir leader
 
Other crew
Erkki Ala-Könni .... expert
Väinö Kaukonen .... expert
Lennart Lauramaa .... location manager: Finland
Jorma Leppäaho .... expert
I. Rostovtsev .... publicist
Kustaa Vilkuna .... expert
 
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:
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?See more »
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Soundtrack:
Juokse pursi puittomia, vene väljiä vesiäSee more »

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16 out of 17 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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