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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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Release Date:
June 1957 (USA) See more »
Space nightmares! See more »
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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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)
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
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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82 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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: 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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Distance from Earth to Venus- The closest approach of about 39.5 million kilometers (23.6 million miles)See more »
Factual errors: During the fight in the barn, military carbines are used to shoot at the Ymir. These carbines are bolt action as the first shot is taken after working the bolt to insert a cartridge in the firing chamber. But all subsequent shots are taken without working the bolt again.See more »
[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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25 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
See it for the monster, 22 August 2003
Author: McGonigle from bean world, massachusetts

Let's state the obvious right off the bat. If it weren't for the stop-motion animation in this film, it would be simply awful. Awful acting, awful script, mediocre direction, this film has it all.

But once the monster appears on screen, none of that matters. Ray Harryhausen's animation is, as always, simply spellbinding, giving the monster, paradoxically, both a heightened reality (as it really is a physical object photographed in "real life") and a dreamlike quality. It's easy to see how Harryhausen's work set the standards for monster special effects until Star Wars and computer animation came along many years later.

This film is a particularly good example of his work for a number of reasons. There's only one monster (unlike the Sinbad/Jason/Titans movies), so all his effort is spent on that one "character". The monster also starts out small and grows huge by the end of the movie, allowing us to see it in a variety of settings. And, the fact that it's a humanoid (rather than a dinosaur or big octopus) allows it to "act" in a much more expressive manner (not unlike the original Kong).

So while this movie may qualify as little more than "MST3K" fodder as a science fiction work (did I mention how truly awful the script is?), as a piece of animation, it's a pure classic, deserving a space on your shelf next to King Kong, Snow White and Fantasia.

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