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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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Writers (WGA):
Donald E. Keyhoe (book)
Curt Siodmak (screen story)
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Release Date:
July 1956 (USA) See more »
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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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  (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 (uncredited)
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
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
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
Crew verified as complete

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83 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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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The footage of the bomber exploding is actual WW2 footage of a B-17 Flying Fortress (see also goofs entry).See more »
Factual errors: When the saucer is engaged in combat with the bomber, that bomber is represented as a B-29. When the scene cuts to the bomber's cockpit, it is is not the very open "greenhouse" type of the B-29, but the more conventional type with specific windscreens and looks more like that of a B-17.See more »
Dr. Russell Marvin:Both Carol and I are subject to the same atmospheric disturbances that may have affected other observers, but there is a qualitative difference, when you're a scientist.See more »
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13 out of 17 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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