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The Day the Earth Caught Fire Rated PG

The Day the Earth Caught Fire

Dir. Val Guest. UK, 1961. 1h 39m. Starring Janet Munro, Leo McKern, Edward Judd, Michael Goodliffe, Bernard Braden, Reginald Beckwith, Gene Anderson, Renee Asherson, Arthur Christiansen.

After both the US and the USSR simultaneously set off nuclear explosions to test their efficiency, the blasts cause the Earth to spin off its axis. The result is a disastrous upheaval in the balance of nature and the potentially the end of the existence as we know it. Val Guest’s intelligent yet disturbing parable of global warming seems even more prescient now than when it was first made.

‘One of British cinema’s liveliest nuclear angst pictures, which unfolds in flashback from a world filmed through a golden filter to suggest it’s about to ignite.’ Philip French, The Guardian

‘Once deemed too strong for general consumption, this apocalyptic sci-fi is as relevant and powerful as ever.’ Joel Blackledge, Little White Lies


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