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.

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Nathan Juran

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Robert Creighton Williams (screenplay) (as Bob Williams), Christopher Knopf (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
William Hopper ... Col. Robert Calder
Joan Taylor ... Marisa Leonardo
Frank Puglia ... Dr. Leonardo
John Zaremba ... Dr. Judson Uhl
Thomas Browne Henry 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)
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Storyline

The first spaceship to visit Venus crash lands in the sea, freeing a small native Venusian creature called the Ymir. Eventually growing to enormous size, it threatens the city of Rome. Written by Steve Hill <shill@harper.cc.il.us>

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Space-Monster Runs Amok on Earth! See more »


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Trivia

Ray Harryhausen may have traveled to Italy for principal photography, but it doesn't look like the actors went with him. All medium and close up shots of the main actors in Italy are done with a blue background of the Italian scenery. The long shots that use the village and Rome could easily have been done with doubles. See more »

Goofs

In the opening sequence, after the rocket has crashed into the sea and the fisherman have climbed on board, whilst the rocket is upside down, everything inside it is inclined only at a slight angle. 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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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: A FISHING VILLAGE IN SICILY See more »

Alternate Versions

When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'X' rating. All cuts were waived in 1993 when the film was re-rated with a 'PG' certificate for home video. See more »

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This creature scared me in 1957 - love to see it again.
24 April 2004 | by Tee_EssSee all my reviews

I saw this gem in 1957 at the Vineland Drive In, La Puente, California (which still exists! Saw Hellboy there last night.) The creature was so believable it scared me into peeking from beneath a blanket. I was eleven. I was hooked. Sci-Fi rules. Harryhausen's work is amazing and reason enough to seek it out. I was thrilled to discover it is available on DVD, and disappointed that some TV stations cut the elephant/creature fight scene for fear of upsetting animal rights folks. I will definitely find that DVD - and thanks to someone for noting the Full screen version is best, the "Wide-screen" is actually cropped top and bottom. I wanna see it all!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Giant Ymir See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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