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


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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 »
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You can't judge this film by its American version... 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)
E. Hippeläinen (as Emma Hippeläinen)
D. Karpova
N. Kollen
Lennart Lauramaa (as L. Lauramaa)
A. Lenskaya (as A. Lenskaja)
Aleksandr Macheret (as A. Matsheret)
Marvin Miller ... Narrator (voice: English version)
Georgiy Millyar ... Sorcerer (as Georgij Miljar)
P. Modnikov
John 'Shorty' Powers ... Lemminkainen (voice: English version) (as Colonel John 'Shorty' Powers)
T. Romppainen
Peter Sorenson ... Ilmarinen (voice: English version)
Mikhail Troyanovsky ... Soothsayer (as Mihail Trojanovskij)
Viktor Uralskiy (as Viktor Uralskij)
Lea Venkula
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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
 

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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:
Terve kasvos näyttämästä, päivä kulta koittamastaSee more »

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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
You can't judge this film by its American version..., 20 November 2011
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

In the 1960s, some idiots bought this Finnish-Soviet production and brought it to the screen. The problem is that the plot involving a Finnish folk tale was confusing to Western audiences, so the film was chopped to pieces--and almost 30% of the original film was thrown on the cutting room floor. As a result, it's very dull and confusing--and not worth your time. There is LOTS of narration to fill in the gaps but the film never is interesting or coherent. HOWEVER, I am not maligning the original film--just this terrible dubbed mess seen in the States.

While bastardizing a movie like this seems odd today, American-International did this a lot--buying up Russian and Japanese films and creatively editing them into American films. Sometimes they inserted down-on-their-luck actors into the films (such as Basil Rathbone) and I sure would rather see the original movie--which MIGHT actually be pretty good. But, in the 60s, they rarely trusted foreign subtitled films--and sloppily dubbed them. Sad...and stupid.

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