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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:
More excellent work from Ray Harryhausen See more (79 total) »

Cast

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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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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 Ymir roars in the film are variations of elephant roars sped up and modulated in pitches at different rates.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Colonel Calder has been bed-ridden in the hospital for a few days but when he finally wakes up and jumps out of bed, he is wearing a perfectly-pressed uniform.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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30 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
More excellent work from Ray Harryhausen, 16 June 2004
Author: Chris Gaskin from Derby, England

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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