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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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This holiday season, the real Santa Claus is coming to town. See more »

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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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€1,948,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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


Even though Korvatunturi and the area in which the movie takes place are well within the Arctic Circle, there is still daylight during Christmas. At that latitude the sun sets weeks before Christmas and doesn't rise again until after New Year. See more »


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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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Absolutely loved it
30 December 2010 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

This is a great movie. It would have been impossible for Hollywood to have made this movie. They would have needed a huge special effects budget, and the continuity people would never have allowed it through. They would have played it as a goofy comedy. Thankfully it was made in Finland. If the Americans decide to do a remake, make sure you see the original first.

As it is, it is thoroughly clever, and wonderfully naively charming. The director had an idea, and chose an optimum path to realise that idea - a very tricky feat.

I'm from Australia, but I couldn't help wondering if Finnish people and New Zealanders are similar.

BTW, count the women who appear in the movie.

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