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Earth vs. the Flying Saucers -- The first human expedition to Venus returns to Earth in a crash landing off the coast of Italy. The only survivor is Hopper and he's frightened that he may have lost a canister holding specimens of Venusian life. 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH is Ray Harryhausen's signature special effects story of a terrifying monster from Venus running wild and wreaking havoc in Italy.
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Director:
Writers (WGA):
Donald E. Keyhoe (book)
Curt Siodmak (screen story)
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July 1956 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Extraterrestrials traveling in high-tech flying saucers contact scientist Dr. Russell Marvin as part of a plan to enslave the inhabitants of Earth. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Hugh Marlowe ... Dr. Russell A. Marvin

Joan Taylor ... Carol Marvin

Donald Curtis ... Maj. Huglin

Morris Ankrum ... Brig. Gen. John Hanley
John Zaremba ... Prof. Kanter
Thomas Browne Henry ... Vice Adm. Enright (as Tom Browne Henry)
Grandon Rhodes ... Gen. Edmunds
Larry J. Blake ... Motorcycle Cop (as Larry Blake)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fred Aldrich ... Airplane Passenger / Air Intelligence Command Officer / Man in Saucer Attack (uncredited)
Nicky Blair ... Military Officer at Experiment (uncredited)
Jimmy Cross ... Military Messenger (uncredited)
Jack Deery ... Military Officer (uncredited)
Charles Evans ... Dr. Alberts (uncredited)
Raoul Freeman ... Military Official (uncredited)
Paul Frees ... Alien (voice) (uncredited)

James Gonzalez ... Military Official (uncredited)
Duke Green ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Ed Haskett ... Military Official (uncredited)

Clark Howat ... Sgt. Nash (uncredited)

Harry Lauter ... Cutting - Generator Technician (uncredited)
Don Marlowe ... Minor Role Role (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
William Meader ... Worker in Control Tower (uncredited)

Sol Murgi ... Plane Passenger (uncredited)

Forbes Murray ... Military Officer at Experiment (uncredited)
William J. O'Brien ... Radio Listener (archive footage) (uncredited)
Murray Pollack ... Plane Passenger (uncredited)
Mike Ragan ... Tank Commander (uncredited)
Alan Reynolds ... Maj. Kimberly (uncredited)

Bert Stevens ... Air Intelligence Command Officer (uncredited)
Arthur Tovey ... Officer / Civilian at Military Conference (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel ... Man Crushed Beneath Wall (uncredited)
Guy Way ... Civilian Observing Saucer Attack (uncredited)
Bob Whitney ... Plane Passenger (uncredited)

Frank Wilcox ... Alfred Cassidy (uncredited)
Beal Wong ... Chinese Radio Listener (uncredited)
William Woodson ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Fred F. Sears 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Donald E. Keyhoe (book "Flying Saucers from Outer Space") (as Major Donald E. Keyhoe)

Curt Siodmak (screen story)

George Worthing Yates (screenplay) &
Bernard Gordon (screenplay) originally as Raymond T. Marcus

Produced by
Sam Katzman .... executive producer
Charles H. Schneer .... producer
 
Original Music by
Mischa Bakaleinikoff (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Fred Jackman Jr. (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Danny B. Landres  (as Danny D. Landres)
 
Art Direction by
Paul Palmentola 
 
Set Decoration by
Sidney Clifford 
 
Production Management
Leon Chooluck .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gene Anderson Jr. .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
J.S. Westmoreland .... sound (as Josh Westmoreland)
Frank Bayes .... sound editor (uncredited)
Ernest Reichert .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Russ Kelley .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Ray Harryhausen .... technical effects created by
 
Stunts
Dale Van Sickel .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Animation Department
Ray Harryhausen .... special photographic and animation effects (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Mischa Bakaleinikoff .... conductor
Daniele Amfitheatrof .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
George Duning .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
David Raksin .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Miklós Rózsa .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Leith Stevens .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Jack Erickson .... production coordinator
 
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Runtime:
83 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:U (video rating: colorised version) (2008) | UK:U (video rating: additional material) (2007) | UK:U (video rating) (1990) (2002) (2005) | USA:Unrated | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #17854) | West Germany:12 (nf) (cut)

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Trivia:
This science fiction movie was "suggested" by the 1953 non-fiction book "Flying Saucers From Outer Space" by retired U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Donald E. Keyhoe, who believed that certain aerial phenomena were interplanetary in origin.See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: Russell makes a tape recording of what he fears will be his last message. He mentions that the flying saucer sound can be found on the same tape, and says he is stopping recording because the machine's battery is running low. For no reason, he then switches the recorder to playback without rewinding. Its off-speed playback then reveals the message in the sound. This means he must have been placing his message on a part of the tape where, if the battery had not run low, it would have obliterated the sound.See more »
Quotes:
Russell Marvin:[into tape recorder] July 16, to Internal Security Commission, re: Sky Hook. Summary and progress report, from project director, Dr. Russell A. Marvin.
Carol Marvin:And Mrs. Dr. Russell A. Marvin, without whose inspiration and untiring criticism this report could never have been written.
Russell Marvin:Married two hours and already she's claiming community property!
[directs his attentions to her neck]
Carol Marvin:Now that you're married, Dr. Marlowe, you don't have to sneak up on me.
Russell Marvin:You always did have eyes in the back of your head.
Carol Marvin:Besides, it's not safe when we're driving.
Russell Marvin:But pretty...
Carol Marvin:I thought intellectual giants were supposed to be backwards and shy.
Russell Marvin:My third-grade teacher, Miss Hickey, said I was a quick study.
[...]
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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
The Science Fiction Movie Of The 50s, 29 June 2015
Author: garthbarnes-83945 from United States

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Films are cultural artifacts of their zeitgeist. Look how alien this is to our reality. In Independence Day, even after half the world has been annihilated the effete, decadent president is still trying to communicate. This was made at the height of the Cold War, Dr. Marvin has to sneak out to try and even talk to them. From the moment they arrive, the government only focuses on destroying them. You can see the difference between ascendant and decadent cultures never so starkly delineated; Ascendent: values unquestioned, faith unshakable, fights violently and to the death. Decadent; values rotted away, uncertain, no faith in anything, cowardly presents surrender and delay as progressive. The movie has effects that will stun you for the age of the film. It rivals the original War Of The Worlds for great effects for a very old movie. Even when the ships land, watch for the protective force field around the circumference of the saucer. These are temporal aliens also, quite in vogue today, notice, due to the literary audience, we do not have to suffer the same scenes over and over interminably as we do in the age of comic book movies. If the Edge of Tomorrow makers had released that movie back then people would have walked out. Intelligent, literary people simply get bored, believe it or not, watching the same scene ten or twelve times, imagine that?

The film has a few cringe worthy scenes, when Dr. Marvin dons the helmet of one of the aliens, everyone in my living room died laughing. Take that off, Phallic Boy, yes be patient it is very old. The aliens are portrayed as mendacious, cruel and ruthless just like the Russian enemy they were stand ins for. Do not believe me? Watch how they take control of the general's brain and begin speaking with his voice. Get the picture? These were the reflections of the Red Menace taking control of brains and speaking with your voice. The other image is the rocket base which is painfully obviously an oil refinery. The means of destroying them is well written and not outside of the realm of the possible. This is the movie Tim Burton is paying homage to in Mars Attacks. I would have used Dakota Fanning's shrieking in the remake of The War Of The Worlds.

Marlowe was an excellent actor seen in may Film Noirs. He and Taylor are quite competent and believable. The movie is the quintessential science fiction movie of the 1950s; you can see their ascendant values starkly contrasted to our extant decadent ones on display in Independence Day. They did not wait until half of the country was destroyed before attacking. Now you understand the core of decadence it is not progressive unless you mean progressing off the side of a steep cliff.

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