20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)

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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.



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Complete credited cast:
Frank Puglia ...
John Zaremba ...
Thomas Browne Henry ...
Maj. Gen. A.D. McIntosh (as Thomas B. Henry)
Tito Vuolo ...
Jan Arvan ...
Signore Contino - Government Official
Arthur Space ...
Pepe (as Bart Bradley)


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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The Ymir roars in the film are variations of elephant roars sped up and modulated in pitches at different rates. See more »


A fisherman tells another to get the boat hook out. Yet in the prior shot, the boat hook is already extended. See more »


[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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13 August 2003 | by (London,England) – See all my reviews

This is a simple enough film. Rocket returning from Venus crashes near Sicily and a foetal thing grows to become a giant lizardy humanoid type thing. The acting is ordinary and the script predictable.

What makes it better than average for a 1950s monster movie is the Ray Harryhausen animated Venusian, called a Ymir here. Photographed in atmospheric black and white, its progress from small caged creature to being loose and dangerous on the streets of Rome and fighting an elephant is engrossing. You can't help rooting for the Ymir, attacked along the way by dogs and soldiers. The Ymir becomes a character like Frankenstein's creation or the Creature from the Black Lagoon. Excellent work by Harryhausen, and far more interesting than the CGI dinosaurs from Spielberg's over praised (and underwhelming) Jurassic Park trilogy.

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