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Plot: 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. Runtime: 82 mins Release Date: 06 Sep 1957
Harryhausen delivers --- as always! (by horrorfilmx)
The thing that distinguished Ray Harryhausen's movies from other '50s science fiction pictures was truth in advertising. Other producers crammed their posters with all kinds of things you knew you were never going to see on the screen, but with Harryhausen you got what was advertised and then some, whether it was flying saucers decimating Washington or as in this case a giant Venusian reptile terrorizing Rome. This movie is fast-paced, well-made, and intelligently crafted. The scene in the barn is a gem. And enough of this crap about the special effects being old fashioned. <more>
We're not talking about fashion here, children, we're talking about art. Stop-motion is an art form in itself and it may only appeal to minority tastes but so what. To slam Haryhausen's work for not looking like CGI graphics is like criticizing Rembrandt for creating pictures with a brush and paint instead of using a digital camera. Fashions change, art endures. That's your lesson for today.
In 1957 this was state of the art technology. The film is about a returning probe from the planet Venus although, only the commander survived. Landing near a small fishing village near Italy a small boy recovers a capsule front the sinking probe.The capsule contained an embryo of a Venusians inhabitant which resembled a lizard sort of creature, the creature was by default adopted by a circus show. In travel it was provoked and escaped. After many reports pf a creature the commander caught up with the creature and captured it. The creature's main staple was super and it was captured at a <more>
local sculpture pit. The creature was sedated with electrical current. However, the creature continued to grow during this state of electrical hibernation.When the power was disrupted the creature was abruptly awakened, went on a rampage. As always the military was called in and prevailed.You will feel sorry for the creature as it didn't have a chance or choice.
This movie is one of my all time favorites.I am a huge admirer of Ray Harryhausen and this gem doesn't disappoint.Some here say the acting and script are weak and to see this movie only for the creature.I agree that the Ymir is the show stealer here,but the acting is par for the course 50's monster fare.William Hopper is always sexy and fun to watch in all of his 50ish creature/sci fi flicks he made.He is also in another of my favorites , The Deadly Mantis 1957 ..he is always a pleasure to see.The other actors in my opinion weren't too bad either,I especially like Frank <more>
Puglia's part. The real star is definitely the Ymir,once again Ray brings to life ,out of a clay model,a character that frightens some and thrills others.I fit into the latter statement.I love creature films such as this,Them!Earth VS the Spider etc and Ray's movies are always my favorite fantasy films.Clash of the Titans is some of Ray's finest work and all of the CGI effects today cant hold a candle to his imaginative work.10/10 stars from me on this one.
Excellent in the way a classic car is excellent: The accepted standards of the past. Col. Calder Paul Drake of Perry Mason fame is always lighting a cigarette; every speaking actor wears a coat and tie or a uniform; the women, dresses. Except for the one Japanese scientist, everyone is white; the Italians speak English with an Italian accent, even to each other. The supporting actors are memorable. Commissioner Chiara is voluble and excitable; Pepe,clever and fixated on his Texas hat and horse. Paying Pepe his half-million lira, the officer utters a classic line: "I have to see a man <more>
about a horse". Ray Harryhausen's idol and mentor was Willis O'Brien, of King Kong fame: the echoes of that movie drive the plot of "20 Million" from the zoo lab chained down like Kong through the rampage in a Rome New York through the climbing of a famous landmark Coliseum Empire State Building to the last fall. The battle with the elephant parallels Kong's with the Tyrannosaur. And both movies end with memorable quotes eliciting sympathy for the beast.
Although this may be viewed by many as an alien "king kong", it still was an above average sci-fi movie for its time. Ray Harryhausen's effects and design of the "Ymir" the name he gave to the creature but wasn't used in the film, makes this a very entertaining film from start to finish. I give it a 9!!
"Fascinating! Horrible, But Fascinating!"... (by azathothpwiggins)
Another glorious example of Ray Harryhausen's stop-motion monstrosities, 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH features everyone's favorite monster from Venus, the Ymir- a reptilian creature, released from an egg, that grows from pint-size to economy-size at an astounding rate! The monster is caught, only to escape and go on an obligatory rampage of deadly destruction! The best thing about 20MMTE is that the Ymir gets a lot of screen time, making it one of the stars of the movie, as opposed to being just another rarely-shown threat. William Hopper, having just matched wits w/ THE DEADLY MANTIS, <more>
attempts to track the creature, as Col. Robert Calder. He is joined by Joan Taylor, shortly after her role in EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS, as Marisa Leonardo. Contains the classic Ymir vs. elephant scene, as well as the finale at the Coliseum in Rome! A 1950's sci-fi gem!...
Excellent example of the work of Ray Harryhausen (by spamaramma)
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 <more>
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.
Fast-Moving & Fun Flick From The Fifties (by ccthemovieman-1)
I think the best thing about this movie is that it's fast-moving. The filmmakers don't waste a lot of time with unnecessary dialog or a sappy romance. They get right to it and stay on track for almost all of the 82 minutes.Thus, if you like somewhat-hokey 1950s science-fiction movies dealing with space or monsters, or in this case both of them, you should enjoy this little film. Most of it involves trying to cope with a specimen from Venus which quickly grows into a Godzilla-like monster but smaller .It seems a space ship had gone to Venus, but crashed on the way home. Only good-guy <more>
William Hopper, who used to help Perry Mason win courtroom cases on TV about this same time, survives the crash. The ship lands in a big body of water off Italy. The specimen, about the size of a trout, washes onshore where a little boy finds it and then shows it to his scientist-uncle. Within hours, it seems, the "thing" begins to break out of its ice encasing and - presto! - we have a small little Godzilla. Hours later, it's about the size of a small man. Very soon it's several times the size of a man.Here's the good and bad news on the special-effects, which are crucial to a film like this. With Hall of Fame FX man Ray Harryhausen, you know you're going to get the best of what you can expect from a film 50 years ago. Compared to most films of its ilk during the '50s, this is good stuff and the creature looks and moves in a pretty realistic manner. The only "goof" is that in some scenes, such as the one in the barn, the monster looks about three feet high in some shots, and 20 feet in others. The scale gets thrown out of whack a few times and then several times later in the film. Thus, you never really know how big this lizard-creature is. Overall, however, it's still done extremely well for its time period. There is a scene, too, where the alien creature fights an elephant! Once again, for something 50 years old, they did an excellent job re-creating what that fight might look like. It was well done....and how often do you see a monster fighting an elephant?? Pretty cool stuff. By the way, I watched the colorized version and the monster was green.The acting is passable, too. Hopper, as "Col. Robert Calder," knows what's he doing, as do most others in here. Some of the actors are familiar faces from '50s and '60s television. The female interest - which is played down - has Joan Taylor as "Marisa Leonardo." She's a bit bland but not bad-looking. She reminded me of Phyllis Coates, from the first season of "The Adventures Of Superman."All in all, if you're looking for a campy and fun, along with fast-moving classic-era sci-fi flick, this is highly recommended. You won't be bored.
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 <more>
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.