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Director:
Writers:
Robert Creighton Williams (screenplay) and
Christopher Knopf (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
June 1957 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Space nightmares! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Excellent example of the work of Ray Harryhausen See more (78 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

William Hopper ... Col. Robert Calder

Joan Taylor ... Marisa Leonardo
Frank Puglia ... Dr. Leonardo
John Zaremba ... Dr. Judson Uhl
Thomas Browne Henry ... Maj. Gen. A.D. McIntosh (as Thomas B. Henry)
Tito Vuolo ... Commissario Charra
Jan Arvan ... Signore Contino - Government Official
Arthur Space ... Dr. Sharman

Bart Braverman ... Pepe (as Bart Bradley)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sid Cassel ... Farmer (uncredited)
James Dime ... Felix Roy - French News Correspondent (uncredited)
Noel Drayton ... 1st Reuters News Correspondent (uncredited)
Darlene Fields ... Ms. Reynolds (uncredited)
Michael Garth ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Ray Harryhausen ... Man Feeding Elephant (uncredited)
George Khoury ... Verrico (uncredited)
Saverio LoMedico ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Rollin Moriyama ... Dr. Koruku (uncredited)
Don Orlando ... Mondello (uncredited)
George Pelling ... Maples (uncredited)
Jerry Riggio ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Barry Russo ... American Embassy Aide (uncredited)
John Sorrentino ... Minor Role (uncredited)
William Woodson ... Opening Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Nathan Juran 
 
Writing credits
Robert Creighton Williams (screenplay) (as Bob Williams) and
Christopher Knopf (screenplay)

Charlotte Knight (story) (as Charlott Knight)

Produced by
Charles H. Schneer .... producer
 
Original Music by
Mischa Bakaleinikoff (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Irving Lippman (director of photography)
Carlo Ventimiglia (director of photography) (as Carlos Ventigmilia)
 
Film Editing by
Edwin H. Bryant  (as Edwin Bryant)
 
Art Direction by
Cary Odell 
 
Set Decoration by
Robert Priestley 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ottavio Oppo .... assistant director (as Octavio Oppo)
Eddie Saeta .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Lambert E. Day .... sound (as Lambert Day)
 
Special Effects by
Lawrence W. Butler .... special effects director (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Ray Harryhausen .... technical effects created by
 
Stunts
James Dime .... stunts (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Mischa Bakaleinikoff .... conductor
Daniele Amfitheatrof .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
George Antheil .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Mischa Bakaleinikoff .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Anthony Collins .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
David Diamond .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
George Duning .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Louis Gruenberg .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Werner R. Heymann .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Friedrich Hollaender .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Lucien Moraweck .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Arthur Morton .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
David Raksin .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Miklós Rózsa .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Marlin Skiles .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Max Steiner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Leith Stevens .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
82 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Finland:K-15 (2000) | Netherlands:18 (original rating) | South Korea:All | South Korea:All (2008) | UK:X (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating: colorized, DVD audio commentary) (2007) | UK:PG (video rating) (1993) (2002) (2008: colourised version) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #18428) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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Trivia:
The February 1966 issue of "Famous Monsters of Filmland" devoted 12 pages to the Harryhaused film.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: It is stated that the craft was spotted by radar over Iceland at an altitude of 200, descending at 3,500 feet per minute. It was then tracked again later, still descending at 3,500 feet per minute, and they project the landing position. However, at that rate of descent, it would take 5 hours to fall 200 miles. During that time it would make over 3 orbits of the Earth, so it would not be possible to simply look at a map and point to a landing location.See more »
Quotes:
[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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Time Traveller (2010)See more »

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48 out of 54 people found the following review useful.
Excellent example of the work of Ray Harryhausen, 20 August 2004
Author: spamaramma from Maryland

This movie is a prime example of the work of one of the masters of stop-motion animation, a form of art that is rapidly being supplanted by CGI. Ray Harryhausen was the ultimate master of this technique, having trained under the likes of Willis O'Brian. His work is still the inspiration for many of the special effects wizards today. Granted, the movies of the 1950's do seem stilted and silly, but quite frankly, the worst of them are probably still superior to most of the direct-to-video drek produced today, and likely better than most of the films produced by major studios. I was raised on films such as 20 Million Miles to Earth and have no problem letting my child watch films like this. I cannot say the same for most of what is released today. 20 Million Miles to Earth is a unique, fun film. It, like others of its kind, comes from a different era, when people were not as jaded and world-savvy as they are today. Save the critical eye for the more cynical, overproduced films of today. Enjoy it for what it is.

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