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20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)

Approved | | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi | 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.

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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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Monster from outerspace runs wild! See more »

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Upon completion of this film, Ray Harryhausen felt that, after doing destructive modern-day sci-fi monster thrillers, his interests have shifted into doing fantasy adventures (with monsters, of course) set in a romantic past, a trait that began with his next film, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958). Thus, "20 Million Miles to Earth" was his last film to have a purely modern-day setting. (Only one other subsequent film of his, First Men in the Moon (1964), has bookends set in the present.) This was also his last film in black & white. See more »

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

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[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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This creature scared me in 1957 - love to see it again.
24 April 2004 | by (Garden Grove, California) – See all my reviews

I saw this gem in 1957 at the Vineland Drive In, La Puente, California (which still exists! Saw Hellboy there last night.) The creature was so believable it scared me into peeking from beneath a blanket. I was eleven. I was hooked. Sci-Fi rules. Harryhausen's work is amazing and reason enough to seek it out. I was thrilled to discover it is available on DVD, and disappointed that some TV stations cut the elephant/creature fight scene for fear of upsetting animal rights folks. I will definitely find that DVD - and thanks to someone for noting the Full screen version is best, the "Wide-screen" is actually cropped top and bottom. I wanna see it all!


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