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20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)

Approved | | 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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When first attacked by the dog; since the Ymir does not eat meat. He tore open a bag of sulfur which is used as a fertilizer and is associated with volcanic geography. Much like surface of Venus. See more »

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The overhead shot of the Pentagon has the caption, "The Pentagon, Washington D.C." The Pentagon is located nearby Washington in Arlington, Virginia. See more »

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Mondello: Pepe! Is it your desire that the fishes, they swim away? Come on! Pull up on the net, here.
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More excellent work from Ray Harryhausen
16 June 2004 | by (Derby, England) – See all my reviews

Ray Harryhausen always wanted to film a monster movie in Europe and he got his chance with 20 Million Miles to Earth.

A spacecraft returning from a trip to Venus crashes into the sea just off the coast of Italy. Local fishermen rescue two of the occupants who are still alive just before it sinks. One of them dies just after and the other is taken to a local hospital. Then, a small boy finds a canister containing a strange jelly substance and takes it to a visiting circus to see what it is. The owner of the circus takes charge of the jelly and a strange creature, the Ymir emerges from it. The following day, the Ymir has grown into a giant and it escapes and goes on the rampage, eventually ending up in Rome. The Military are called to try and capture it, but fail. While in Rome, the Ymir is put in the zoo as a tourist attraction, but it escapes from there, fights and kills an elephant and climbs the Colosseum, where he gets shot down and killed.

This is Harryhausen's personal favourite movie and he has a cameo appearance in the zoo sequence. As well as the Ymir, the elephant is also done in stop-motion.

The movie stars 50's sci fi regulars William Hopper (The Deadly Mantis) and Joan Taylor (Earth vs. the Flying Saucers).

This movie is one the better monster movies of the 50's and one of my favourites.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5.


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