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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.

Director:

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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Monster from outerspace runs wild! 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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Production Co:

Morningside Productions See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Distance from Earth to Venus- The closest approach of about 39.5 million kilometers (23.6 million miles) See more »

Goofs

In the barn scene when Col. Robert Calder is hitting Ymir with a shovel, they iron rod which he is actually striking can be seen behind Ymir. 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 The Real Monsters of Hollywood (2010) See more »

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See it for the monster
22 August 2003 | by McGonigleSee all my reviews

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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