20 Million Miles to Earth

20 Million Miles to Earth

Nathan Juran (1957)

79min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
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.

Summary

An American space mission to Venus brings back a bizarre reptilian creature from the planet's surface, but once exposed to Earth's atmosphere it suddenly begins to grow at an alarming rate and wreaks havoc on the streets of Rome. Sci-fi thriller, starring William Hopper, Joan Taylor and Frank Puglia, with special effects by Ray Harryhausen.

Cast & Crew

Col Robert Calder William Hopper
Marisa Leonardo Joan Taylor
Dr Leonardo Frank Puglia
Dr Judson Uhl John Zaremba
Gen AD McIntosh Thomas Browne Henry
Signore Contino Jan Arvan
Commissario Charra Tito Vuolo
Dr Sharman Arthur Space
Director Nathan Juran
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteAvailable on: video and DVD
Drama