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
This movie received an "X" certificate from the British Board of Film Censors upon release, barring anyone under sixteen from seeing it. See more »
Miss Evans picks up the phone in Jefferson's office and tells Jefferson "Professor Chakovski (sp?) is on the phone." Then a slightly different-sounding dubbed-in woman's voice says "just a minute, please," but Evans' mouth doesn't move. (Approximately 42:30.) See more »
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 »
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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