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      The Day the Earth Caught Fire

      1961 1h 39m Sci-Fi List
      86% Tomatometer 14 Reviews 85% Audience Score 2,500+ Ratings Peter Stenning (Edward Judd) is a depressed British reporter who gets by with the help of his friend, veteran journalist Bill Maguire (Leo McKern). Along with weather forecaster Jeannie Craig (Janet Munro), Peter and Bill discover that simultaneous U.S. and Russian nuclear explosions have drastically altered the earth's rotation. Fires and earthquakes ravage cities all over the world, and chaos and sickness descend upon the frightened survivors as they try to put the planet back on its axis. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Rent Now

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      Joe Clay Times (UK) Told through two reporters, played by Edward Judd and Leo McKern, it’s a gripping mix of thriller and science fiction. Jan 29, 2024 Full Review Times (UK) Staff Times (UK) Script and direction combine to make the film a good example of its kind. Jul 14, 2020 Full Review BBC.com Rated: 4/5 Jan 1, 2000 Full Review James Kendrick Q Network Film Desk uncommonly intelligent in its treatment of a truly horrific doomsday scenario Rated: 3.5/4 Jul 28, 2020 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy End-of-the-world sagas are a dime-a-dozen, but here's one that's worth at least a few bills. Rated: 3.5/4 Jul 11, 2020 Full Review Jennie Kermode Eye for Film It may be fantastic in theme but it's journalistic in form and this makes it easy to accept. Rated: 4.5/5 Feb 24, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Rod D A couple of nights ago, I watched How I Ends (2018) and last night, The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961). The latter is everything the former is not: intelligent, compelling, even clever. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 04/04/22 Full Review Audience Member They should have shown this film as part of my journalism degree. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 08/26/21 Full Review Brad H Exceptionally well written and fast paced drama that's especially prescient after covid19 and our approaching climate meltdown. Great acting from the likes of Leo McKean best known from Rumpole of the Bailey and others, you feel, having great fun with the smart dialogue. One interesting note is the disproportionate number of rather stunning and well endowed actresses for such an era. A possible predilection of the director? Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 12/12/20 Full Review delysid d Oh No! It's the End of the World! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/14/19 Full Review Audience Member A cracking British film. Low budget but high on good old-fashioned character acting. Yes it teeters towards cliche now and then but overall it delivers a message without preaching. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Only in the final three minutes does Val Guest's dull and talky Armageddon movie achieve poetry. Which is a real shame, given the subject matter's potential: the end of the world as seen from a Fleet Street press room. Here, everyone talks at each other without listening, and Edward Judd bulldozes his way charmlessly. Writer-director Guest films everything flatly and even the inserted library shots of firefights and ice storms fail to arouse much interest. And I haven't even touched on the dreadful performance by real-life Express editor, Arthur Christiansen. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Peter Stenning (Edward Judd) is a depressed British reporter who gets by with the help of his friend, veteran journalist Bill Maguire (Leo McKern). Along with weather forecaster Jeannie Craig (Janet Munro), Peter and Bill discover that simultaneous U.S. and Russian nuclear explosions have drastically altered the earth's rotation. Fires and earthquakes ravage cities all over the world, and chaos and sickness descend upon the frightened survivors as they try to put the planet back on its axis.
      Director
      Val Guest
      Producer
      Val Guest
      Screenwriter
      Wolf Mankowitz, Val Guest
      Production Co
      Pax Films
      Genre
      Sci-Fi
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Feb 6, 2016
      Runtime
      1h 39m
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