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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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Jeannie Craig
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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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Drama | Sci-Fi | Romance

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May 1962 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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Trivia

At around 1:30, near the end of the movie, Bill Maguire quotes the first two lines of the 1826 poem "Casabianca" by British poet Felicia Dorothea Hemans: "The boy stood on the burning deck/Whence all but he had fled". See more »

Goofs

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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[Scientist Sir John Kelly speaks to quell public fears on TV, watched by journalists in a pub:]
Sir John Kelly: When one considers the Moon is 240,000 miles away and the Sun ninety-three million, it is an extraordinary thing that astronomers can tell with such a degree of accuracy what their movements will be many years ahead.
Bill Maguire: Now, what does that mean?
Peter Stenning: It means he doesn't know what it's all about.
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Crazy Credits

There are no end credits whatsoever (not even a "The End" caption); merely a fade to black. See more »

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References Annie Get Your Gun (1950) See more »

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Camptown Races
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An all-time classic.
19 May 2004 | by (Preston, England) – See all my reviews

This is truly an all-time classic. It is a genuine gem from beginning to end. Its date of 1961 should not be allowed to put you off as you will find here a gripping film with truly serious overtones and a very worrying conclusion. The acting is excellent and the story-line convincingly brought out. The tension builds up throughout the duration of the film and the end of the film really makes one think. The special effects are more-than-adequate - indeed, no more is needed. Shot in dramatic black and white this film deserves a place on everyone's DVD shelf. If you haven't yet seen it, then don't hesitate a moment longer as you are missing one of the best sci-fi films of all time.


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