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 … More

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


as Jeannie

as Bill Maguire

as Peter Stenning

as Night editor

as News editor

as 2nd Sub Editor

as Sir John Kelly

as Foreign Editor

as Sub Editor

as Michael

as Nanny

as Ronnie

as Policeman

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
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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 Verser

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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

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