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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:
Harryhausen delivers --- as always! See more (80 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)
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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:
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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:
Though the creature is referred to as the Ymir in reviews and websites, the name is never mentioned in the movie. Ray Harryhausen was concerned that audiences would mistake it for the Arabic title "Emir".See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: The General says they are looking for a metal canister, and it does have metal bands around it but the canister itself is opaque - clearly plastic.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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27 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
Harryhausen delivers --- as always!, 20 May 2005
Author: horrorfilmx from United States

The thing that distinguished Ray Harryhausen's movies from other '50s science fiction pictures was truth in advertising. Other producers crammed their posters with all kinds of things you knew you were never going to see on the screen, but with Harryhausen you got what was advertised and then some, whether it was flying saucers decimating Washington or (as in this case) a giant Venusian reptile terrorizing Rome. This movie is fast-paced, well-made, and intelligently crafted. The scene in the barn is a gem. And enough of this crap about the special effects being old fashioned. We're not talking about fashion here, children, we're talking about art. Stop-motion is an art form in itself and it may only appeal to minority tastes but so what. To slam Haryhausen's work for not looking like CGI graphics is like criticizing Rembrandt for creating pictures with a brush and paint instead of using a digital camera. Fashions change, art endures. That's your lesson for today.

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