English nurse Edith Cavell is matron in a small private hospital in German-occupied Brussels during WWI. When the son of a recently deceased patient escapes from a German prisoner-of-war ... See full summary »
Edna May Oliver,
Sir Richard Attenborough plays Ernest Tilley, a man who lost his daughter in a hit-and-run accident. He tracks down the man responsible for the accident and boards the same plane, ... See full summary »
A group of former concentration camp prisoners has formed an underground network to hunt Nazi leaders, who are still on the loose. At a secret meeting in Paris they discuss what to do with ... See full summary »
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 solar eclipse could not possibly be advanced in time by eleven days, unless the moon was accelerated along its orbit. What would happen, and what would have been believably portrayed in the movie, was for the track of the eclipse to be shifted to another part of the Earth. The eclipse would have been expected much further south, but since the earth's axis was shifted, moving London closer to the monsoon belt, it also shifted it under the eclipse path so that London, instead of not being in the path at all, ended up in at least the path of partiality, if not the center of the path where totality would occur. See more »
It's a bit better than Picture Post, isn't it?
Stenning, what the hell do you want?
A quote on sun-spots.
Look, just tell me that the static, the monsoon, the compass trouble, and the terrible shows we get on television are all caused by sun-spots, and that the sun-spots are caused by bigger bomb experiments, and I'll leave you in peace.
Well, there usually is a bit of extra sun-spot activity this time of year, old boy, but I don't think it has much to do with ...
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There are no end credits whatsoever (not even a "The End" caption); merely a fade to black. See more »
Although listed as cut by the BBFC, the then censor John Trevelyan passed the film uncut according to his memoirs. The 'X' certificate was given due to the subject matter, and occasional tough language, being unsuitable for anyone under the age of 16. Video and DVD releases are now rated PG. See more »
After the explosion of nuclear bombs by the United States and the Soviet Unions, the weather in London and in the rest of the world changes. The Daily Express alcoholic reporter Peter Stenning (Edward Judd) meets the telephonist Jeannie Craig (Janet Munro), they fall in love with each other and have a love affair. When Jeannie overhears a conversation, they learn that the explosions have altered by 11 degrees the Earth nutation, changing its orbit. Now the only chance to mankind is to explode bombs again so that the rotation shaft returns to its position. Will Earth be saved or doomed?
"The Day the Earth Caught Fire" is a disaster movie with an interesting storyline and an ambiguous conclusion. Peter Stenning is a non-likable character and his behavior betraying his girlfriend is the weakest part of the story. The conclusion with the newspaper showing two front pages written "World Saved" and "World Doomed" is fantastic. My vote is six.
Title (Brazil): "O Dia em Que a Terra se Incendiou" ("The Day the Earth Caught Fire")
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