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Hysterical panic has engulfed the world after the United States and the Soviet Union simultaneously detonate nuclear devices causing a change to the nutation (axis of rotation) of the Earth. Written by
The scenes of the "Met Office" were filmed both outside and inside the Ministry of Defence Main Building in Whitehall. This access was remarkable. Those interiors were little changed until refurbishment of MOD after 2000. See more »
In the movie, several people in North London contract "typhus" from contaminated water. Evidently the script confused "typhus" and "typhoid fever." Typhus is spread by parasites, such as fleas or mites; not contaminated water. Typhoid fever can be spread by contaminated food or water. See more »
[Maguire is on the phone to the editor after a pile of letters about nuclear tests is dumped on his desk]
What am I supposed to do with these protest letters?
Thank you very much but there are seventeen hundred of them.
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There are no end credits whatsoever (not even a "The End" caption); merely a fade to black. See more »
The late great VAL GUEST did a spot on job with this terrific doomsday thriller. Guest worked as a newspaper man during his early years and he gets the details of the journalism business just right.It is this characteristic that helps ground the film in a believable reality;the science is a bit wonky but who cares? This film has got some excellent performances, especially from Leo McKern and (in his 1st and only acting job) real life newspaper king Aurthur Christiensen (who I think gives a marvelous performance--i was surprised to hear Guest comment that he had a difficult time memorizing his lines) The main character played by Edward Judd is a bit of an irritating jerk--sunk in self pity and equipped with a series of annoying one-liners that are designed to show everyone how "hip" and "edgy" he is, but he just comes across as unlikable. The SPFX are not too shabby considering the miniscule budget. The DVD version of this film has an excellent commentary by Mr Guest who provides a lot of interesting information. The very first shots of this movie--with Edward Judd plodding thru an empty sun-blasted London to his newspaper offices downtown--is still a benchmark for low budget ingenuity and it is really a treat to seeTHE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE with the original red-tinted bookends; I first saw this film in the early 90's on VHS and even without them it was impressive--butit looks even better with the colored gels! THE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE will remain one of the best apocalyptic films ever made.Its an enduring testament to the talent of VAL GUEST,who has recently shuffled off this mortal coil... may he rest in peace.
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