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The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961)

Unrated  |   |  Drama, Sci-Fi, Romance  |  May 1962 (USA)
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When the USA and Russia test atomic bombs at the same time, it knocks the Earth out its orbit and sends it spiraling toward the Sun.

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Hysterical panic has engulfed the world after the United States and the Soviet Union simultaneously detonate nuclear devices and have caused the orbit of the Earth to alter, sending it hurtling towards the sun. Written by Fernando <diamond@argenet.com.ar>

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THE PICTURE THAT GIVES YOU A FRONT SEAT TO THE MOST JOLTING EVENTS OF TOMORROW...TODAY! (original U.S. print ad - all caps) See more »

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Romance

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As the earth heats up Bill McGuire asks for information on the melting point of "everything from steel to my glass eye". Leo McKern did in fact have a glass eye. See more »

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The "Daily Mail" piece headlined "Met. office girl on secrets charge" seems to be about former US President Eisenhower. See more »

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Peter Stenning: Alcoholics of the press, unite!
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There are no end credits whatsoever (not even a "The End" caption); merely a fade to black. See more »

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A sobering movie
24 October 2002 | by (newcastle upon tyne) – See all my reviews

Have you noticed how the troubles of the world echoe exactly those of Judd's character?

He is a drunk drying out so is the earth.

He is lost in the heat mist just as he has lost his way in life.

The mists suddenly clear when he gets laid.

The two newspaper headlines at the end of the film refer as much to his personal survival, and to the fragile nature of his relationship to the heroine, as to the hopes of the planet. Who can say what the future holds for the individual, perhaps we can only pray it will be good.

Add to the alogary a nostalgia for the commeraderie of the war years, a documentary style view of the press, some very funny lines for Leo and an early appearance by Michael Caine, and you have a great film.


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