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The Day the Earth Froze (1959)

Sampo (original title)
Not Rated | | Adventure, Fantasy | April 1964 (USA)
Based on Finnish mythology, this movie traces the exploits of Lemminkainen as he woos the fair Annikki and battles the evil witch Louhi. Louhi kidnaps Annikki to compel her father to build ... See full summary »

Director:

Aleksandr Ptushko

Writers:

Viktor Vitkovich (screenplay) (as Viktor Vitkovitsh), Grigori Yagdfeld (screenplay) (as Grigori Jagdfeld) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Urho Somersalmi ... Väinämöinen
Anna Orochko Anna Orochko ... Louhi (as Anna Orotshko)
Ivan Voronov ... Ilmarinen
Andris Oshin Andris Oshin ... Lemminkäinen (as Andris Oshin)
Ada Vojtsik ... Mother of Lemminkäinen (as Ada Voitsik)
Eve Kivi ... Annikki
Georgiy Millyar ... Sorcerer (as Georgi Milljar)
Mikhail Troyanovskiy ... Soothsayer (as Mihail Trojanovski)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anatoliy Barantsev Anatoliy Barantsev ... (as A. Barantsev)
Vladimir Boriskin ... (as V. Boriskin)
Valentin Bryleev ... (as Valentin Brylejev)
Anneli Haahdenmaa Anneli Haahdenmaa ... Annikki (voice)
Maikki Hako Maikki Hako ... Kalevan kansaa
Hilkka Helinä Hilkka Helinä ... Lemminkäinen's mother (voice)
E. Hippeläinen E. Hippeläinen ... (as Emma Hippeläinen)
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Storyline

Based on Finnish mythology, this movie traces the exploits of Lemminkainen as he woos the fair Annikki and battles the evil witch Louhi. Louhi kidnaps Annikki to compel her father to build for her a Sampo, a magical device that creates salt, grain, and gold. When Lemminkainen tries (and fails) to recover the Sampo, Louhi steals the sun, plunging the world into frozen darkness. Written by Leo L. Schwab <ewhac@best.com>

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The Most Chilling Terror Ever Experienced

Genres:

Adventure | Fantasy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

Finland | Soviet Union

Language:

Finnish

Release Date:

April 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Day the Earth Froze See more »

Filming Locations:

Jalta, Crimea, Ukraine See more »

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Budget:

FIM 1,000,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Suomi-Filmi, Mosfilm See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (English version)| 4-Track Stereo (original version)

Color:

Color (Sovcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The American version was heavily edited and included new footage shot by Americans. See more »

Quotes

Troll: [Ilmarinen hammers a viking ship out of molten iron, greatly distressing Louhi's trolls] What is to become of us?
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Alternate Versions

The US version "The Day the Earth Froze" was shortened considerably from the original. Most of the names in the credits are fake names to conceal the European origin of the film. See more »

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Featured in Rock Suomi: Raskassarja (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Terve kasvos näyttämästä, päivä kulta koittamasta
Written by Igor Morozov / Väinö Kaukonen
Performed by Eve Kivi
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Films that make you go "What th'..."
6 June 2001 | by raymondo1960See all my reviews

Directed by Russian fantasy film maker Alexander Ptushko, so you can count on striking visuals and lots of in-camera effects (lots of dissolves, split screens etc.) Despite cheesy dubbing this film still holds much of its fantastical charm. It has a look similar to German expressionist works like Fritz Lang's 'Siegfried' or Murnau's 'Faust'. It also strikes me as possibly inspirational to Guy Madden's films such as 'Tales of the Gimli Hospital' or 'Careful'. (Its antiquated appearance is only enhanced by the poor faded color present in the prints I've seen. Definitely worthy of a Ruscico DVD restoration/release) After watching my non MST3K'O'd copy, I just can't get that crazy harp theme from the film's climax out of my head. One of the most persistent tunes since "In Heaven" from Eraserhead. "SAMPO...SAMPO...SAMPO!"


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