The Day the Earth Froze (Sampo) (1959)





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This fantasy is based upon a Finnish epic poem Kalevala. It tells the tale of a magical mill that produces grain, salt, and gold for a mythical land. A witch queen covets the mill, but her plan for getting it is thwarted by a daring hero. Enraged, the witch steals the sun. As a result, everything in the land is frozen beneath a blanket of snow and ice. The land is saved when the sacred harps are played. Their sound turns the witch to stone and thaws out the land. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
Action & Adventure , Art House & International , Classics , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Marvin Miller
as Narrator
Nina Anderson
as Anniky
Mikhail Troyanovsky
as Soothsayer
Jon Powers
as Lemminkainen
Ingrid Elhardt
as Loukhy, the Witch
Peter Sorenson
as Ilmarinen
Urho Somersalmi
as Vainamoinen
Ivan Voronov
as Ilmarinen
Andris Oshin
as Lemminkainen
Ada Voytsik
as His Mother
Eve Kivi
as Annikki
Georgiy Millyar
as Sorcerer
Mark Troyanovskiy
as Soothsayer
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Caught the MST3K version and wasn't even all that impressed with them poking fun at this turkey. Pass.

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

[font='Times New Roman'][size=4]This Finnish/Russian production was called [i]Sampo[/i] in it’s nations of origin but in the American release it was renamed [i]The Day the Earth Froze.[/i] The plot isn’t actually too bad, being taken from ancient Finnish mythology as it is. The characters that it introduces us to are good fantasy fare. The kind and innocent maiden, the brave hero, the evil sorceress (witch) that freezes the world in order to get what she wants all make for a decent fantasy film cast. The actors don’t really rise up to the potential though. Most just recite their lines rather than really become their characters and many tend to over act their parts. The soundtrack isn’t very good, actually distracting me a few times from the action on the screen. The special effects are not horrible at all, even for a late 50s film such as this one. They aren’t anything amazing admittedly, but they do their job well enough. Unless you’re a diehard fantasy film fan or a fetishist for Finnish fare, this one isn’t really worth looking at. If you can watch it in the [i]Mystery Science Theater 3000[/i] version (which is where I first saw it) it is pretty entertaining then![/size][/font]

Todd S
Todd S

Boring and unmemorable, though it is a decent MST3K episode. The characters aren't too good and the story is fairly bland. It has a lot of silly moments, and for the most part, it is kind of interesting in a crazy kind of way.

Wes Shad
Wes Shad

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