20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)

Approved  |   |  Sci-Fi  |  June 1957 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.3/10 from 4,198 users  
Reviews: 87 user | 86 critic

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.



(screenplay) (as Bob Williams) , (screenplay), 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video


Celebrate IMDb's 25th Anniversary with Photos We Love

IMDb turns 25 on October 17! To celebrate, we put together a gallery of some of our favorite movie, TV, and event photos from the last 25 years.

See the Photos We Love

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 38 titles
created 02 Oct 2013
a list of 44 titles
created 24 Dec 2013
a list of 40 titles
created 05 Feb 2014
a list of 39 titles
created 11 months ago
a list of 47 titles
created 9 months ago

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)

20 Million Miles to Earth (1957) on IMDb 6.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of 20 Million Miles to Earth.

User Polls



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Fantasy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A Giant Octopus, whose feeding habits have been affected by radiation from H-Bomb tests, rises from the Mindanao Deep to terrorize the California Coast.

Director: Robert Gordon
Stars: Kenneth Tobey, Faith Domergue, Donald Curtis
Adventure | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A ferocious dinosaur awakened by an Arctic atomic test terrorizes the North Atlantic and ultimately New York City.

Director: Eugène Lourié
Stars: Paul Hubschmid, Paula Raymond, Cecil Kellaway
Fantasy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Extra-terrestrials flying in high-tech flying saucers contact scientist Dr. Russell Marvin as part of a plan to enslave the inhabitants of Earth.

Director: Fred F. Sears
Stars: Hugh Marlowe, Joan Taylor, Donald Curtis
Western | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Cowboy James Franciscus seeks fame and fortune by capturing a Tyrannosaurus Rex living in the Forbidden Valley and putting it in a Mexican circus. His victim, called the Gwangi, turns out ... See full summary »

Director: Jim O'Connolly
Stars: James Franciscus, Gila Golan, Richard Carlson
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Marine atomic tests cause changes in the ocean's ecosystem resulting in dangerous blobs of radiation and the resurrection of a dormant dinosaur which threatens London.

Directors: Douglas Hickox, Eugène Lourié
Stars: Gene Evans, André Morell, John Turner
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Aliens come to Earth seeking scientists to help them in their war.

Director: Joseph M. Newman
Stars: Jeff Morrow, Faith Domergue, Rex Reason
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A young boy learns that space aliens are taking over the minds of earthlings.

Director: William Cameron Menzies
Stars: Helena Carter, Arthur Franz, Jimmy Hunt
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A spaceship from another world crashes in the Arizona desert, and only an amateur stargazer and a schoolteacher suspect alien influence when the local townsfolk begin to act strange.

Director: Jack Arnold
Stars: Richard Carlson, Barbara Rush, Charles Drake
Tarantula (1955)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A spider escapes from an isolated desert laboratory experimenting in giantism and grows to tremendous size as it wreaks havoc on the local inhabitants.

Director: Jack Arnold
Stars: John Agar, Mara Corday, Leo G. Carroll
Horror | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

A giant prehistoric praying mantis, recently freed from the Arctic ice, voraciously preys on American military at the DEW Line and works its way south.

Director: Nathan Juran
Stars: Craig Stevens, William Hopper, Alix Talton
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The first manned expedition to Mars is decimated by an unknown life form...which stows away on the rescue ship.

Director: Edward L. Cahn
Stars: Marshall Thompson, Shirley Patterson, Kim Spalding
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A teenage couple making out in the woods accidentally runs over an alien creature with their car. The creature's hand falls off, but it comes alive, and, with an eye growing out of it, ... See full summary »

Director: Edward L. Cahn
Stars: Steven Terrell, Gloria Castillo, Frank Gorshin


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Out-Of-Space Creature Invades the Earth! See more »




Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

June 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Giant Ymir  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


One of the reasons the film takes place in Italy is that Ray Harryhausen always wanted to vacation there but could never afford to go on his own. See more »


When the craft crashes into the ocean; it noses in and stops short; with momentum carrying the ship to nearly vertical. This is the kind of thing that would happen if the craft stuck it nose in the bottom. So where did the ship sink into; or why did stick the landing that way? See more »


[first lines]
Mondello: Pepe! Is it your desire that the fishes, they swim away? Come on! Pull up on the net, here.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: A FISHING VILLAGE IN SICILY See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Why is it always, always so costly for Man to move from the present to the future?
29 June 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

20 Million Miles to Earth is written by Bob Williams and Christopher Knopf from an original treatment by Charlott Knight. The film was produced by Charles H. Schneer's Morningside Productions for Columbia Pictures and directed by Nathan H. Juran. It stars William Hopper, Joan Taylor, Frank Puglia and a Ymir, a creation by stop-motion maestro Ray Harryhausen.

The plot sees an American rocket ship on its return from a mission to Venus, crash land in the Mediterranean Sea near the Sicilian village of Gerra. Some fishermen aid the stricken ship and manage to pull free two survivors, Colonel Bob Calder and Dr. Sharman. Once Calder recovers it becomes known that an important canister brought from Venus has not been found after the crash. However, Pepe, a young fisher-boy who was present at the rescue, found the container and sold its rubbery contents to his Zoologist friend Dr. Leonardo. Whilst in the hands of Dr. Leonardo the gelatin like substance gives birth to a tiny Venusian bipedal creature called a Ymir, but it doesn't stay tiny for very long...

As the work of Dynamation legend Harryhausen got more accomplished and praised, it became a standing joke that his creatures were better actors than most of their adult co-stars. That's never more truer than with 20 Million Miles to Earth, where one of his best creations takes centre stage and acts the actors off the screen. It's also true that some, not all, of Harryhausen influenced movies are just thin clothes lines to hang his work upon. Thankfully that isn't the case here, for although it's homage a go go to King Kong, where Harryhausen hero Willis O'Brien pioneered the stop-motion process, Juran's movie has intelligence within its on the surface monster on the rampage plot.

There's nothing totally new in this genre piece about mans pursuit of more via technological advancement, the unremitting pursuit of science as a tool or plaything. So where Jeff Goldblum mused in Jurassic Park many years later, about that nobody stopped to ask if they should be tampering with science and nature, so it be here. Where the Ymir creature is whipped from its home planet, starts off harmless, afraid, puzzled and very much a stranger in a strange land, yet is provoked into an aggressive state. This even after we are told that the Ymir only attacks if being attacked first, cue next scene as man who said it starts poking confused creature with a big pole! You would laugh if it were it not so adroitly cunning.

Not only does the big question of "why?" loom large as things spiral out of control here in Italy, but animal rights are also given a poke, as is a nice thread as regards guns. It's just too cute not to mean something as Pepe, quite the capitalist indeed, wants to be an American cowboy. Buying himself a Texas hat he happily starts clicking away with his toy guns like some Western cowboy of the silver screen. You just know what is around the corner, soon enough the mighty army are throwing everything at poor Ymir, guns, tanks, bazookas, flame throwers, you name it and the mighty military are using it. America flexes its weaponry muscles on foreign soil, indeed. Against something that they are responsible for being here in the first place! You would laugh if it wee not so cunning...

Of course the trump card here is the creature itself because it shows a number of basic emotions. Harryhausen works his magic as Ymir goes through the various stages of its sad stay on Earth. From its brilliant birthing sequence where it rubs its eyes and shies away from the light, to the rousing finale at the Colosseum where rage and anger has fully taken over as the creature fights for its life; on a planet it doesn't know or wanted to be on anyway. This "thing" may eat Sulphur, but it has one hell of a personality thanks to Ray, who sat at his table for days on end creating these wonderful sequences for us to enjoy. Letting the creature breath, flick its tale and wrestle other animals. Quite a character indeed.

No personalities with the human cast though, Hopper (son of actress and gossip columnist, Hedda) is lantern jawed adequate enough for the role, and Taylor is pretty but playing a totally perfunctory character. While the Italian characters are as stereotypical as they come. But just like King Kong, 20 Million Miles to Earth has many fans who just adore it. More so now as advancements in DVD technology have seen remastered releases (even with a colour choice that's not bad at all) reach a new and interested audience. A fine fine film that rises above its failings due to a wizard at his work table and some brainy cheekiness from its writers. 7.5/10

19 of 23 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Humans Behave Badly - As Usual! PaulMemoli
Soon to be colorized dixondj
Elephant david_barnett1
Is it just me? RadioFlyer
MST material rmouts
Plotwise... Schmoozette
Discuss 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: