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20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)

Not Rated | | Fantasy, Sci-Fi | June 1957 (USA)
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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

Writers:

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 Jan Arvan ... Signore Contino - Government Official
Arthur Space ... Dr. Sharman
Bart Braverman ... Pepe (as Bart Bradley)
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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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Thousands Flee in Terror Before the Death-Dealing Monster from Outer Space! (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Fantasy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the original press kit, Ray Harryhausen's stop-motion process was called "Electrolitic Dynamation." The name of this sales gimmick would ultimately be shortened into simply "Dynamation." (See The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958)). See more »

Goofs

As the fishermen row away from the sinking spacecraft, we have a clear view of the inside of their small boat. The two astronauts they've just rescued are nowhere to be seen. 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

Many local TV stations delete the scene in which the Ymir kills an elephant from a zoo, claiming the scene is a needless depiction of cruelty to animals. See more »

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Featured in Explorers (1985) See more »

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Excellent example of the work of Ray Harryhausen
20 August 2004 | by spamarammaSee all my reviews

This movie is a prime example of the work of one of the masters of stop-motion animation, a form of art that is rapidly being supplanted by CGI. Ray Harryhausen was the ultimate master of this technique, having trained under the likes of Willis O'Brian. His work is still the inspiration for many of the special effects wizards today. Granted, the movies of the 1950's do seem stilted and silly, but quite frankly, the worst of them are probably still superior to most of the direct-to-video drek produced today, and likely better than most of the films produced by major studios. I was raised on films such as 20 Million Miles to Earth and have no problem letting my child watch films like this. I cannot say the same for most of what is released today. 20 Million Miles to Earth is a unique, fun film. It, like others of its kind, comes from a different era, when people were not as jaded and world-savvy as they are today. Save the critical eye for the more cynical, overproduced films of today. Enjoy it for what it is.


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