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Director:
Writers:
Viktor Vitkovich (screenplay) &
Grigori Yagdfeld (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
April 1964 (USA) See more »
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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:
Not terrible, but... 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)
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
Language:
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:
Terve kasvos näyttämästä, päivä kulta koittamastaSee more »

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1 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Not terrible, but..., 27 September 2005
Author: bill-1056 from United States

To answer the previous reviewer, as far as I know this film is not "officially" available on DVD, though you can get it from a source or two I know; the catch is its not going to the plain film. This and two other films by Aleksandr Ptushko have been goofed on by the MST3K team (Ep. 422 for The Day the Earth Froze, the other two I'm not sure) headed by Joel Hodgeson and the other original cast members. To each his own, but even as a fantastic epic its, well, I don't think this film did very well in its American release. This film is much better as a gag piece for the MST3K team. Eve Kivi (Vallatud Kurvid), the actress who played Annikki, was a beautiful woman at the time this film was produced, I happened upon this site searching her name on the net to see what became of her. A Sampo, btw, is a Finnish version of our Horn of Plenty myth, except it also supplies gold, not just food.

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