20 Million Miles to Earth

  • PG
  • Nathan Juran (1957)
  • US
  • 79 min
20 Million Miles to Earth
Film Review
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3 out of 5

A spaceship returning from an expedition to Venus crashes near Sicily, releasing a fast-growing reptilian beast that rampages through Rome in one of animation master Ray Harryhausen's best fantasy films, and his own personal favourite. The snake-tailed giant Ymir monster is also one of Harryhausen's finest creations: it has a well-defined personality and manages to evoke sympathy for its bewildered plight. The Ymir's fight with an elephant and the Roman locations - especially the climactic Colosseum battle - add unique touches to this minor classic.

Plot Summary

Science-fiction horror starring William Hopper. After the first manned space flight to Venus returns to Earth, crash-landing off the Italian coast, the mission's sole survivor becomes concerned about a missing canister containing a jelly-like life form. When the substance is found it transforms into a tiny creature which rapidly grows into a vicious monster that wreaks havoc throughout Italy.

Cast and crew


William Hopper
Joan Taylor
Dr Leonardo
Frank Puglia
Dr Judson Uhl
John Zaremba
General AD McIntosh
Thomas Browne Henry
Police commissioner
Tito Vuolo
Signore Contino
Jan Arvan
Arthur Space
Bart Bradley


Nathan Juran

Other Information

Black and White
Available on video and DVD
Certificate PG