The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1962)
Average Rating: 6.7/10
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Release Date: Mar 15, 1962 Limited
Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 2,648
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
Mar 15, 1962 Limited
Jun 12, 2001
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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.
Slow, depressing, but convincing sci-fi film
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