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20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)

Approved | | 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

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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 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 »

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Fantasy | Sci-Fi

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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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Morningside Productions See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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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 »

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A fisherman tells another to get the boat hook out. Yet in the prior shot, the boat hook is already extended. See more »

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

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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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More excellent work from Ray Harryhausen
16 June 2004 | by chris_gaskin123See all my reviews

Ray Harryhausen always wanted to film a monster movie in Europe and he got his chance with 20 Million Miles to Earth.

A spacecraft returning from a trip to Venus crashes into the sea just off the coast of Italy. Local fishermen rescue two of the occupants who are still alive just before it sinks. One of them dies just after and the other is taken to a local hospital. Then, a small boy finds a canister containing a strange jelly substance and takes it to a visiting circus to see what it is. The owner of the circus takes charge of the jelly and a strange creature, the Ymir emerges from it. The following day, the Ymir has grown into a giant and it escapes and goes on the rampage, eventually ending up in Rome. The Military are called to try and capture it, but fail. While in Rome, the Ymir is put in the zoo as a tourist attraction, but it escapes from there, fights and kills an elephant and climbs the Colosseum, where he gets shot down and killed.

This is Harryhausen's personal favourite movie and he has a cameo appearance in the zoo sequence. As well as the Ymir, the elephant is also done in stop-motion.

The movie stars 50's sci fi regulars William Hopper (The Deadly Mantis) and Joan Taylor (Earth vs. the Flying Saucers).

This movie is one the better monster movies of the 50's and one of my favourites.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5.


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