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“When it boils down to it, 20 Million Miles of Earth is basically King Kong with an alien instead of a gorilla and minus the jungle love story which has been replaced with an
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Who said aliens had to be humanoid? Sometimes they're bugs, or blobs, or if we're really lucky, they're Ymirs like in this Ray Harryhausen materpiece set in Rome.

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20 Million Miles to Earth
50th Anniversary Edition DVD cover Directed by Nathan H. Juran Produced by Charles H. Schneer Written by Bob Williams
Christopher Knopf Starring William Hopper
Joan Taylor
Frank Puglia Cinematography Irving Lippman
Carlo Ventimiglia Editing by Edwin Bryant Distributed by Columbia Pictures Release date(s) June 1957 Running time 82 minutes Country United States Language English

20 Million Miles to Earth is a 1957 American science fiction film written by Bob Williams and Christopher Knopf from an original treatment by Charlott Knight. The film was produced by Charles H. Schneer's Morningside Productions for Columbia Pictures and directed by Nathan H. Juran. As with several other Schneer-Columbia collaborations, it was developed to showcase the stop-motion animation talents of Ray Harryhausen.



The government of the United States, along with The Pentagon organizes the first interplanetary expedition to the planet Venus. The spacecraft XY-21 with a crew of seventeen successfully reaches the planet 20 million miles away and vast mineral resources and precious raw materials are discovered on the planet, but atmospheric conditions are extremely harsh and cannot support life from Earth, and several members of the expedition die because of the conditions. None of this is actually seen, but is all explained in dialogue later on in the film.

On the return journey, thirteen months after leaving, the rocket is crippled by a meteor and crashes ...

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Director: Nathan Juran
Genre: Classics, Horror, Sci-Fi
Release Date: 1957
MPAA Rating: Unrated
DVD Release Date: June 25, 2002
Runtime: 82 minutes
Studio: Columbia Pictures
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