When a spaceship lands on the moon, it is hailed as a new accomplishment, before it becomes clear that a Victorian party completed the journey in 1899, leading investigators to that mission's last survivor.
Thinking this will prevent war, the US government gives an impenetrable supercomputer total control over launching nuclear missiles. But what the computer does with the power is unimaginable to its creators.
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 after 2000. See more »
The "Daily Mail" piece headlined "Met. office girl on secrets charge" seems to be about former US President Eisenhower. See more »
I'm not up on my sci-fi. So, we're orbiting towards the sun, but how many billion light-years...
If that's true... I'd say there's about... four months.
Before there's a delightful smell in the universe of charcoaled mankind.
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There are no end credits whatsoever (not even a "The End" caption); merely a fade to black. See more »
This 1961 classic is truly underrated. Performances by Janet Munro and the great Leo McKern (Rumpole of the Bailey) are quite good, and Edward Judd, whose career is introduced in this movie come together to create a create a sense of building tension as the audience finds out the reason for the strange changes in weather.
Judd plays his character a little roughly, but that is to be understood, given his problems with his divorce and visitation with his young son.
Leo McKern's dialogue and facial expressions are superb and create the perfect persona of the seasoned veteran science writer who interprets and unravels the mystery for us.
Janet Munro, who died prematurely in her thirties gave a very acceptable performance for a young starlet, who keeps reporter Pete Stenning (Judd) at bay, then feeds him the critical information that blows open the story. I have two copies - One I taped from TV in the 80's, and another that I bought new. My sci-fi collection wouldn't be complete without it.
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