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20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)

Approved | | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi | June 1957 (USA)
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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All the World Feared the Monster from Outer Space! (original print ad) See more »

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Ray Harryhausen's original design for the monster was a giant cyclops, similar to the one he later used in The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958). He discarded the idea after making a clay model of it, and eventually settled on the reptilian Ymir. See more »

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(at around 10 mins) The US mission control bods are told that the rocket has come down off the coast of Sicily near the small fishing village of Gerra. They don't know exactly where that is so go to a large world map on the wall and one of them points to a location on it, saying, "There it is." As is obvious from the map size and can actually be seen shortly after, the map is of such a small scale that it shows only major cities so would in no way enable a small fishing village to be located. 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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Opening credits prologue: A FISHING VILLAGE IN SICILY See more »

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Better than average
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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