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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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Taglines:

The Most Chilling Terror Ever Experienced

Genres:

Adventure | Fantasy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

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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Box Office

Budget:

FIM1,000,000,000 (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

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?
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Alternate Versions

Four versions of this film were filmed at the same time: with Finnish and Russian dialogue and with normal and anamorphic optics. The Finnish version was subsequently edited to exclude some scenes that were considered to be unorthodox compared to "Kalevala", the original epic. Also most of the dialogue in the Finnish version was dubbed in verse form unlike the version that was filmed. See more »

Connections

Featured in Strada: Episode dated 25 November 2011 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Tanhumusiikki
Written by Igor Morozov
Performed by kansanmusiikkiyhtye
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Charming, but low production values.
15 July 2000 | by JGKsPSXSee all my reviews

I think this movie has been unfairly maligned, having been spoofed on MST3K. Despite the low production values and the bad dubbing (as well as the difference in cultures), the movie is quite watchable, and even decently entertaining. The worst part of the film, I felt, was the "witch" Loki. "She" came off as being more irritable than sinister.


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