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In the depths of the Korvatunturi mountains, 486 meters 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.

Director:

Jalmari Helander

Writers:

Jalmari Helander, Jalmari Helander (based on the original idea by) (as The Helander Brothers) | 3 more credits »
12 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Onni Tommila ... Pietari Kontio
Jorma Tommila ... Rauno Kontio
Tommi Korpela ... Aimo
Rauno Juvonen ... Piiparinen
Per Christian Ellefsen ... Riley
Ilmari Järvenpää Ilmari Järvenpää ... Juuso
Peeter Jakobi ... Pietari's Elf
Jonathan Hutchings Jonathan Hutchings ... Brian Greene
Risto Salmi Risto Salmi ... Sheriff
Jens Sivertsen Jens Sivertsen ... Main Elf
Sigmund Bøe Sigmund Bøe ... Main Elf
Olav Pedersen Olav Pedersen ... Main Elf
Nils M. Iselvmo Nils M. Iselvmo ... Main Elf
Steinar Skogstad Steinar Skogstad ... Elf
Nils Nymo Nils Nymo ... Elf
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Storyline

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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

Finland | Norway | France | Sweden

Language:

Finnish | English

Release Date:

3 December 2010 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale See more »

Filming Locations:

Tromsø, Norway

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Box Office

Budget:

€1,948,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,000, 5 December 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$263,210, 23 January 2011
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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

Goofs

Pietari and Juuso cut the hole in the fence and are blamed for wolves getting in and killing the deer but the gate is high enough off the ground to allow wolves to get in anyway. See more »

Quotes

[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 Midnight Movie Review: Rare Exports (2011) See more »

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Without a doubt the best antidote to the usual Christmas claptrap
7 December 2010 | by LrgrThnLfSee all my reviews

Very creepy in parts, but with a very enjoyable streak of black comedy, this movie is a must see. The fact it's primarily in Finnish with minimal English did not detract from my enjoyment of the film at all (subtitles are really easy to follow, folks!).

The acting by the lead young boy in the movie is excellent and not at all cheesy and whilst this is not a character driven movie as such, I believe there's enough exposition to carry the plot through without people wondering "How the hell did that happen? Where did that come from? How does he know how to control that vehicle?"

If you're sick of plots involving candy canes, people stealing presents and grinchesque characters tamely threatening the holiday season, then this is the movie for you!


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