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


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

Rauno's hat is blown off his head after the explosion is triggered, but when they arrive at the pen, he's wearing it again. 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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A very enjoyable Christmas movie
5 December 2010 | by BerzerkerXSee all my reviews

I haven't yet seen the short movies, but what i've heard is that this is a prequel to those short movies, so it won't matter.

The movie is very enjoyable to watch and easy to recommend to families to watch (families who have kids at least 13 years old). It's little bit scary for kids and has pretty dark humor, but it's still good hearted film. Especially the ending. The acting is great, especially Pietari's (Onni Tommila) performance is great. Even though it's a cliché that the adults won't believe the child, it doesn't matter, because the film makes you aware that the adults will eventually know what they're dealing with. The music is also great. Only criticism i have for this movie, is that it didn't do or show things you really wanted or expected and that the CGI-effects aren't so great in some parts of the movie and they should have been shorter so they wouldn't give you that awkward feeling that not-so-good CGI-effects give you.


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