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20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Fantasy | June 1957 (USA)
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The first U.S. spaceship to Venus crash-lands off the coast of Sicily on its return trip. A dangerous, lizard-like creature comes with it and quickly grows gigantic.

Director:

Nathan Juran

Writers:

Robert Creighton Williams (screenplay) (as Bob Williams), Christopher Knopf (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Hopper ... Col. Robert Calder
Joan Taylor ... Marisa Leonardo
Frank Puglia ... Dr. Leonardo
John Zaremba ... Dr. Judson Uhl
Thomas Browne Henry Thomas Browne Henry ... Maj. Gen. A.D. McIntosh (as Thomas B. Henry)
Tito Vuolo ... Commissario Unte
Jan Arvan Jan Arvan ... Signore Contino - Government Official
Arthur Space ... Dr. Sharman
Bart Braverman ... Pepe (as Bart Bradley)
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The first spaceship to visit Venus crash lands in the sea, freeing a small native Venusian creature called the Ymir. Eventually growing to enormous size, it threatens the city of Rome. Written by Steve Hill <shill@harper.cc.il.us>

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Thousands Flee in Terror Before the Death-Dealing Monster from Outer Space! (original poster) See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Giant Ymir See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Distance from Earth to Venus- The closest approach of about 39.5 million kilometers (23.6 million miles) See more »

Goofs

It is stated that the craft was spotted by radar over Iceland at an altitude of 200, descending at 3,500 feet per minute. It was then tracked again later, still descending at 3,500 feet per minute, and they project the landing position. However, at that rate of descent, it would take 5 hours to fall 200 miles. During that time it would make over 3 orbits of the Earth, so it would not be possible to simply look at a map and point to a landing location. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mondello: Pepe! Is it your desire that the fishes, they swim away? Come on! Pull up on the net, here.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: A FISHING VILLAGE IN SICILY See more »

Alternate Versions

Many local TV stations delete the scene in which the Ymir kills an elephant from a zoo, claiming the scene is a needless depiction of cruelty to animals. See more »

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Referenced in Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan (2011) See more »

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Hurrah for Harryhausen!
16 September 1999 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

The moment the film begins it draws the viewer into its story about a US mission to Venus that brings back a specimen of a creature that grows at an incredibly rapid rate in Earth's atmosphere. The creature is like nothing else ever before on screen with its lizard-like human head and human torso, and dinosaur like legs and tail. The story naturally concentrates on capturing this creature before it destroys Italy. Like other monster films where the monsters are the sympathetic ones and the real monsters are the people, 20 Million Miles to Earth depicts a creature that is inquiring, basically harmless unless provoked, and heroic despite its eventual fate. Ray Harryhausen did a terrific job with his stop-motion animation, especially when we see the beast battle an elephant in the streets of Rome. The acting is decent, not as bad as some critics would argue. The film is pure entertainment and yet another commentary on mankind and the whole concept of the stranger within our society.


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