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Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)
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In the depths of the Korvatunturi mountains, 486 metres deep, lies the closest ever guarded secret of Christmas. The time has come to dig it up! This Christmas everyone will believe in Santa Claus.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jorma Tommila ...
Rauno Juvonen ...
Ilmari Järvenpää ...
Pietari's Elf
Jonathan Hutchings ...
Risto Salmi ...
Jens Sivertsen ...
Main Elf
Sigmund Bøe ...
Main Elf
Olav Pedersen ...
Main Elf
Nils M. Iselvmo ...
Main Elf
Steinar Skogstad ...
Nils Nymo ...


On Christmas Eve in Finland, Santa Claus is unearthed in an archaeological dig. Soon after, children start disappearing, leading a boy and his father to capture Santa and, with the help of fellow hunters, they look to sell him back to the corporation that sponsored the dig. And then there's Santa's elves, who are determined to free their leader... Written by Anonymous

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In 2010 everyone will believe in Santa Claus See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 December 2010 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale  »

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Box Office


€1,948,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,281 (USA) (3 December 2010)


$263,210 (USA) (21 January 2011)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Brian Greene's passport number is 314159265, the first several digits of pi. See more »


Rauno's hat is blown off his head after the explosion is triggered, but when they arrive at the pen, he's wearing it again. See more »


[first lines]
Brian Greene: This is what's been worrying me. Drilling sample number 76, from 1300 foot. See, we've finally found something else than just plain rocks and dirt.
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Referenced in Popkult: Joulu (2009) See more »

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A very enjoyable Christmas movie
5 December 2010 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

I haven't yet seen the short movies, but what i've heard is that this is a prequel to those short movies, so it won't matter.

The movie is very enjoyable to watch and easy to recommend to families to watch (families who have kids at least 13 years old). It's little bit scary for kids and has pretty dark humor, but it's still good hearted film. Especially the ending. The acting is great, especially Pietari's (Onni Tommila) performance is great. Even though it's a cliché that the adults won't believe the child, it doesn't matter, because the film makes you aware that the adults will eventually know what they're dealing with. The music is also great. Only criticism i have for this movie, is that it didn't do or show things you really wanted or expected and that the CGI-effects aren't so great in some parts of the movie and they should have been shorter so they wouldn't give you that awkward feeling that not-so-good CGI-effects give you.

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