|20 Million Miles to Globe.|
|Directed by||Nathan Juran|
|Produced by||Charles H. Schneer|
|Narrated by||William Woodson|
|Edited by||Edwin Bryant|
|Color process||Blackness and white|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
20 Million Miles to Earth
(also known as
The Fauna from Space
) is a 1957 American horror science fiction monster film directed by Nathan Juran and starring William Hopper, Joan Taylor, and Frank Puglia. It was produced by Charles H. Schneer’due south Morningside Productions for Columbia Pictures. The screenplay was written by Bob Williams and Christopher Knopf from an original handling past Charlott Knight. As with several other Schneer-Columbia collaborations, the flick was developed to showcase the stop-motion animation of Ray Harryhausen.
The first U.Due south. spaceship to Venus, the XY-21, crashes into the Mediterranean body of water off the coast of Sicily, Italy. Fishermen board boats and head to the spacecraft, enter through a hole in the spacecraft, and pull ii spacemen from the nose-downwardly craft before it completely sinks.
In Washington, D.C., Major Full general A.D. McIntosh discovers that the missing spaceship, piloted by Colonel Bob Calder, has been located. As McIntosh flies to the site, Pepe, a little male child, finds and opens a translucent cylinder marked “USAF” on the beach. It contains a gelatinous mass, which he presents to Dr. Leonardo, a zoologist studying sea creatures. Meanwhile, Leonardo’south granddaughter Marisa, a third-year medical student, is summoned to take care of the injured spacemen. When Calder regains consciousness, he finds his crewmate, Dr. Sharman, in the concluding throes of the fatal disease that killed his other eight crewmen.
Afterward Marisa returns to the trailer shared with her grandfather, a small beast hatches from the egg, and Leonardo locks it in a cage. By morn, the creature has tripled in size. McIntosh arrives, accompanied by scientist Dr. Justin Uhl, and meets with two representatives of the Italian authorities, informing them the spaceship has returned from Venus. Leonardo and Marisa hitch the trailer to their truck and caput for Rome. Calder’south spacecraft carried a sealed metallic container begetting an unborn Venusian species. As police divers brainstorm to search for it, McIntosh offers a half-one thousand thousand lira advantage for the capsule’s recovery, prompting Pepe to pb them to the empty container. When Pepe tells them that he sold the mass to Dr. Leonardo, McIntosh and Calder pursue him.
That night, Leonardo discovers that the creature has grown to human size. Soon subsequently, it breaks out of the muzzle and heads to a nearby farm, terrorizing the animals. The creature eats sulfur and rips open several bags it discovers in a barn. While feeding, the animal is attacked by the farmer’s dog, and the fauna maims the domestic dog, alerting the farmer. Calder and the others reach the barn, trapping the creature within. Calder explains that the creature is non dangerous unless provoked. However, he provokes information technology by trying to prod the animate being with a pole into a cage-like cart, and the creature injures the farmer afterwards he stabs the beast with a pitchfork. Later the creature breaks out of the befouled and disappears into the countryside, the police commissioner insists that it must exist destroyed.
After the Italian government grants Calder permission to capture the brute alive, he devises a plan to ensnare it in an electric cyberspace dropped from a helicopter. The Italian police conduct their own pursuit, shooting at it with flamethrowers. Gunfire has trivial effect on the creature, as it has no heart or lungs. Aware that sulfur is the creature’south nutrient of option, Calder uses bags of sulfur every bit bait, luring the creature to a secluded site and subduing information technology with an electrical jolt from the net. Subsequently, at the American Embassy in Rome, McIntosh briefs the press corps and allows three reporters to view the animal, which has been placed in the Rome zoo. There, Calder explains that the creature is being sedated with a continuous electric stupor so it tin be studied. Marisa, who is aiding her uncle, begins flirting with Calder. Suddenly, electrical equipment shorts out and the beast awakens.
The creature, now in gargantuan size, battles a zoo elephant and sends the panicked patrons scurrying. Taking their fight to the streets of Rome, the 2 beasts destroy cars and damage buildings. The creature maims the elephant and continues its binge. Calder rams the creature with his machine and tracks the creature to the River Tiber, where it submerges. Soldiers lob grenades into the river, and the animate being surfaces, destroying the Ponte Sant’Angelo. It heads for the Colosseum and destroys an ancient temple, killing a few soldiers. As the creature disappears into the ruins, Calder charges later it with a group of bazooka-carrying soldiers, driving it to the top of the structure. Calder scores a straight bazooka hit. Direct fire from a tank and then destroys the ledge the creature is clinging to, and it plunges to its death. A relieved Marisa runs into Calder’southward arms.
- William Hopper as Robert Calder
- Joan Taylor as Marisa Leonardo
- Frank Puglia as Dr. Leonardo
- John Zaremba as Dr. Judson Uhl
- Thomas B. Henry as Maj. Gen. A. D. McIntosh
- Tito Vuolo every bit Police Commissioner Unte
- Jan Arvan as Contino
- Arthur Space equally Dr. Sharman
- Bart Bradley every bit Pepe
- Ray Harryhausen cameo (uncredited)
The film was based on a concept by Ray Harryhausen called
The Giant Ymir.[i]
20 Meg Miles to Globe
began production in Rome, Italy in September 1956, using only William Hopper of the main bandage, and moved to the U.Southward. from October 30 to Nov 9 of that twelvemonth.
Rome was called as the location for filming because Harryhausen wanted to vacation there.
The working title of the motion picture was
The Behemothic Ymir,[two]
and information technology has also been released as
The Beast from Space. All references to the proper noun Ymir were removed from the released version of the film, equally Harryhausen was concerned that audiences might misfile it with the Arabic championship “Emir”. Well-nigh of the noises fabricated by Ymir are recordings of elephant noises played at a higher speed.
Ray Harryhausen wanted the film to be shot in colour, but the filmmakers were not given a budget large plenty to accommodate colour filming. In 2007, five years later the decease of the film’due south director, Harryhausen worked with restoration and colorization visitor Legend Films to create a colorized version of the film. That version, along with the original theatrical black-and-white version, was released on July 31, 2007 on DVD every bit part of a 50th Anniversary Edition of the picture.[three]
At that place are minor differences between the two versions. One example: the black-and-white version begins in “A Fishing Hamlet in Sicily” (the fictional Gerra), non Sperlonga, Italy.
It was the first of 3 collaborations between Harryhausen, Schneer, and Nathan Juran. Juran merely directed the American sequences, while Schneer and Harryhausen directed the Italian sequences.[v]
20 Million Miles to Globe
has an 80% positive rating at the motion picture review assemblage website Rotten Tomatoes, based on ten reviews.
Marco Lanzagorta of
gave the film nine out of x stars, calling it “required viewing for those interested in modern cinema”.
Fourth dimension Out
wrote, “Don’t worry about the dotty script or paper-thin performances – merely sit down back and picket this gelled blob in action”;[viii]
called it “one of animation main Ray Harryhausen’southward best fantasy films, and his own personal favourite. The snake-tailed behemothic ymir creature is also one of Harryhausen’due south finest creations: Information technology 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 – particularly the climactic Colosseum battle – add unique touches to this small classic”.
The four-upshot comic book mini-serial
20 Million Miles More
(2008), released by TidalWave Productions every bit part of their Ray Harryhausen Signature Series, picked up the story 50 years after the events of the flick.
A preview of the first result was included on the 50th Anniversary DVD release of the motion-picture show.[eleven]
- Listing of American films of 1957
- List of films featuring extraterrestrials
- List of stop-move films
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