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The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1962)

The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1962)

The Day the Earth Caught Fire

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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 staring everyone in the face, chaos reigns. The only hope lies in another massive nuclear explosion, which will hopefully rebalance the Earth. The film ends ambiguously, with viewers allowed to decide for themselves whether or not the world has been saved. In the original prints of The Day the Earth Caught Fire, the opening and closing reels were tinted yellow, representing the scorching heat beating down on the frightened populace. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Wolf Mankowitz, Val Guest
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 12, 2001
Runtime:
Universal Pictures

Cast

Janet Munro
as Jeannie
Leo McKern
as Bill Maguire
Edward Judd
as Peter Stenning
Michael Goodliffe
as Night editor
Bernard Braden
as News editor
Peter Butterworth
as 2nd Sub Editor
Austin Trevor
as Sir John Kelly
Charles Morgan
as Foreign Editor
John Barron
as Sub Editor
Ian Ellis
as Michael
Jane Aird
as Nanny
Michael Caine
as Policeman
Marianne Stone
as Miss Evans
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Critic Reviews for The Day the Earth Caught Fire

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | November 19, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

An intelligent low-budget sci-fi doomsday pic.

Full Review… | June 7, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The premise lends itself to the inspired pandemonium of a Max Ernst

Full Review… | December 8, 2009
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.

Full Review… | December 1, 2004

Audience Reviews for The Day the Earth Caught Fire

½

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.

ajv2688
Aj V

Super Reviewer

½

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!

alanjayh
alan jay

Super Reviewer

Great classic british sci-fi.
Thous not old enough to remember the cold war will likely not get this movie.

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