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The Day the Earth Caught Fire

The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1962)

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Release Date: Mar 15, 1962 Limited

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Despite its come-on title, The Day the Earth Caught Fire is an intelligent, disturbing piece of speculative fiction. Through the eyes of British reporter Peter Stenning (Edward Judd), we learn that both the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. have simultaneously set off nuclear explosions to test their efficiency. The twin blasts have caused the Earth to go off its axis. The result is a disastrous upheaval in the balance of nature; floods and fires being the principal plagues. With the end of the world

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Drama, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Wolf Mankowitz, Val Guest

Jun 12, 2001

Universal Pictures

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An intelligent low-budget sci-fi doomsday pic.

June 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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The premise lends itself to the inspired pandemonium of a Max Ernst

December 8, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

The disaster genre is not generally known for its insights into characters or its clever dialogue, but The Day the Earth Caught Fire is an admirable exception.

December 1, 2004 Full Review Source: Filmjourney

Slow, depressing, but convincing sci-fi film

August 21, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The Day the Moviewatcher Nodded Off

July 25, 2002
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Audience Reviews for The Day the Earth Caught Fire

This movie has an excellent plot, but doesn't have a sufficient amount of excitement or good actors. I liked it for the most part, but I wasn't sure about the ending. Overall, it could have been better.
November 24, 2010
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A great movie..interesting story and solid acting..WHAT SETS THIS MOVIE APART IS THE PACING..I HAVE NEVER SEEN A MOVIE MOVE QUICKER..VERY COOL CONCEPT!
September 30, 2008
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