The Day The Earth Froze

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The Day The Earth Froze (Sampo) (1959, Finland/Soviet Union) is an Adventure-Fantasy film directed by Aleksandr Ptushko.


Main Details

  • Released on August 24, 1959 (Soviet Union) | October 16, 1959 (Finland) | April 1964 (USA)
  • Color
  • Running time: 90 minutes (Finland; Argentina) | 91 minutes (Soviet Union) | 67 minutes (USA)
  • Production Co.: Suomi-Filmi | Mosfilm
  • Distribution Co.: Artkino Pictures (1963) (Argentina) (theatrical) | Renaissance Films (1964) (USA) (theatrical) (dubbed) | Suomi-Filmi (1959) (Finland) (theatrical) | Zetafilm (1959) (Yugoslavia) (theatrical)
  • Directed by Aleksandr Ptushko
  • Written by Viktor Vitkovich and Grigori Yagdfeld (screenplay), with Väinö Kaukonen (dialogue adaptation - Finnish language), from the book by Elias Lönnrot (uncredited)
  • Starring: Urho Somersalmi, Anna Orochko, Ivan Voronov

Plot Summary

  • Based on Finnish mythology, this movie traces the exploits of Lemminkäinen as he woos the fair Annikki and battles the evil witch Louhi. Louhi kidnaps Annikki to compel her brother to build for her a Sampo, a magical device that creates salt, grain, and gold. When Lemminkäinen tries (and fails) to recover the Sampo, Louhi steals the sun, plunging the world into frozen darkness.


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