3.8/10
1,000
27 user 9 critic

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 »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Sadko (1953)
Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Arriving home to find his native land under the yoke of corrupt merchants, an adventurer named Sadko sets sail in search of a mythical bird of happiness.

Director: Aleksandr Ptushko
Stars: Sergey Stolyarov, Alla Larionova, Ninel Myshkova
Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A mythical knight goes on an epic journey and fights barbarian hordes in an ancient land.

Director: Aleksandr Ptushko
Stars: Boris Andreyev, Shukur Burkhanov, Andrei Abrikosov
The Beatniks (1960)
Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.3/10 X  

A young singer's chance at fame is threatened by his hoodlum pals.

Director: Paul Frees
Stars: Tony Travis, Karen Kadler, Peter Breck
Hobgoblins (1988)
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.2/10 X  

A young security guard must track down diminutive aliens who kill people even as they make their fantasies come true.

Director: Rick Sloane
Stars: Tom Bartlett, Paige Sullivan, Steven Boggs
Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  

In the not-too-distant future Joel Robinson is held captive by Dr. Forrester and TV's Frank, forced to watch B-Grade movies on the Satellite of Love with the help of his robot friends: Cambot, Gypsy, Tom Servo and Crow T. Robot.

Stars: Joel Hodgson, Michael J. Nelson, Trace Beaulieu
Hobgoblins 2 (Video 2009)
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.4/10 X  

The sequel of writer/director Rick Sloane's campy cult classic, Hobgoblins (1988). Old man McCreedy's locked away in a mental hospital when Kevin and his friends are revisited by the nasty ... See full summary »

Director: Rick Sloane
Stars: Josh Mills, Josh Green, Chanel Ryan
Adventure | Fantasy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Based on Russian poet Alexander Pushkin's fairy tale poem of the same name. In the midst of the wedding party of Prince Ruslan and Ludmila, Ludmila is kidnapped by an evil sorcerer. Her ... See full summary »

Director: Aleksandr Ptushko
Stars: Valeri Kozinets, Natalya Petrova, Vladimir Fyodorov
Prey (1977)
Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A deadly alien shape-shifter infiltrates a country house occupied by two lesbians, and proceeds to study their behaviour, for a sinister purpose.

Director: Norman J. Warren
Stars: Barry Stokes, Sally Faulkner, Glory Annen
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.6/10 X  

A flunky for a porno movie ring starts murdering the smut films' lead actresses.

Director: Edward D. Wood Jr.
Stars: Kenne Duncan, Duke Moore, Jean Fontaine
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The story of a doomed young love in a small, narrow-minded town.

Director: Mikko Niskanen
Stars: Eero Melasniemi, Kirsti Wallasvaara, Pekka Autiovuori
Gunslinger (1956)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.5/10 X  

After her husband is gunned down, Rose Hood takes his place temporarily as Marshal of a small Western town.

Director: Roger Corman
Stars: John Ireland, Beverly Garland, Allison Hayes
Action | Fantasy | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1.9/10 X  

Three kingdoms have been overtaken by three evil lords and only Tyor, a teenage boy with magical powers, can restore peace to the land with the help of a bumbling elder, wizard and a hero ... See full summary »

Director: Charles B. Griffith
Stars: Mel Welles, Robert Jayne, David Carradine
Edit

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)
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The Most Chilling Terror Ever Experienced

Genres:

Adventure | Fantasy

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
Edit

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 »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

FIM1,000,000,000 (estimated)
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Suomi-Filmi, Mosfilm See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

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

Color:

Color (Sovcolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

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?
See more »

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 Suomi-Filmin tarina: Taistelu aikaa vastaan 1950- (1993) See more »

Soundtracks

Nouse sotka soutimilta, alli airoilta ylene
Written by Igor Morozov / Väinö Kaukonen
Performed by hääväki
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Mistreated almost-classic
13 January 2019 | by hiskihSee all my reviews

This Soviet-Finnish co-production was condemned by Finnish critics and other nationalists even before it was made, on the grounds that only Finns could and should ever make a film about the Kalevala. When it was released, their reviews mainly listed things about it that were "un-Finnish". This was most unfair - visually "Sampo" is far more impressive than anything Finnish film-makers could have achieved at the time with their meagre resources. They haven't achieved anything comparable later either.

The digitally restored 2014 Finnish-language version is a pleasure to watch, but torment to hear because of the poorly dubbed verse dialogue and Igor Morozov's totally boring music. I would like to see the Russian-language version, which is probably better - hopefully the dialogue is not in verse. The butchered American version should be ignored.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 27 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed