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The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961)

 -  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 INCREDIBLE becomes Real! The IMPOSSIBLE becomes Fact! The UNBELIEVABLE becomes True! See more »

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At about 45:20 into the movie the actress portraying Jeannie Craig (Janet Munro) steps from the shower and wraps herself in a towel. The image in the mirror at the right of the screen reflects her nude breasts. This movie was shown here in America in the early sixties. Although that type of scene was common in Europe; one wonders if the American censors deleted that portion of the movie. See more »

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The first time Bill visits Jeannie at her apartment, the camera is set outside the building looking in through the two windows. They cross the room to the window furthest from the door. In the next shot the camera is inside the apartment but Bill and Jeannie are at the wrong window. See more »

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Bill Maguire: No woman's irreplaceable, no matter how much you love her. There will be somebody else sooner or later. London's full of somebody else's.
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The Earth is doomed
16 February 2005 | by (Derby, England) – See all my reviews

I have seen The Day the Earth Caught Fire several times and is one of the best sci-fi movies of the 1960's.

Reporters at the Daily Express in London make the startling discovery that the Earth has been knocked of its axis and is heading towards the sun. This has been caused by too much nuclear testing. As a result, freak and unusual weather conditions are happening round the world, including hotter than normal temperatures in the UK, cyclones, freak fog caused by the heat, blizzards and tornado's. The River Thames is drying up too and water is put on ration. To stop the Earth's journey towards the sun, the USA and Russia explode the biggest nuclear bombs to date and if it that doesn't work, Earth is certainly doomed... Through all of this, one of the reporters falls in love.

The scenes of the streets of London deserted, the fog and the dried up Thames are very eerie. This movie doesn't have much background music, but it isn't needed as the atmosphere is haunting enough.

The cast includes sci-fi regular Edward Judd (First Men In the Moon, Island Of Terror), Janet Munro (The Crawling Eye) as his love interest and Leo McKern (Rumpole Of the Bailey), Michael Goodliffe (A Night To Remember) and Bernard Braden. Look out for Michael Caine as a policeman towards the end. You certainly cannot mistake that voice.

This movie is a must see. Fantastic.

Rating: 4 and a half stars out of 5.


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