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20 Million Miles to Earth -- The first human expedition to Venus returns to Earth in a crash landing off the coast of Italy. The only survivor is Hopper and he's frightened that he may have lost a canister holding specimens of Venusian life. 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH is Ray Harryhausen's signature special effects story of a terrifying monster from Venus running wild and wreaking havoc in Italy.
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Director:
Writers:
Robert Creighton Williams (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
June 1957 (USA) See more »
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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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Better than average See more (88 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 Unte
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)
Paul Cristo ... Police Officer (uncredited)
James Dime ... Felix Roi, Reporter (uncredited)
Noel Drayton ... 1st Reuters News Correspondent (uncredited)
Darlene Fields ... Miss Reynolds (uncredited)
Duke Fishman ... Fisherman (uncredited)
Michael Garth ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Ray Harryhausen ... Man Feeding Elephant (uncredited)
Ronald Hyde ... Policeman Shooting Flamethrower (uncredited)
George Khoury ... Verrico (uncredited)
Richard LaMarr ... Italian Townsman (uncredited)
Saverio LoMedico ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Mike Morelli ... Fisherman (uncredited)
Rollin Moriyama ... Dr. Koruku (uncredited)
George Nardelli ... Townsman (uncredited)
Don Orlando ... Mondello (uncredited)
George Pelling ... Maples (uncredited)
Paul Ravel ... Reporter (uncredited)
Jerry Riggio ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Barry Russo ... American Embassy Aide (uncredited)
Stephen Soldi ... Italian Townsman (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) &
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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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Australia:G (original rating) | 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: colourised version) (2008) | UK:PG (video rating: colorized, DVD audio commentary) (2007) | UK:PG (video rating) (1993) (2002) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #18428) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) (uncredited) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: A fisherman tells another to get the boat hook out. Yet in the prior shot, the boat hook is already extended.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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33 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
Better than average, 13 August 2003
Author: henry-girling from London, England

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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