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Despite its come-on title, The Day the Earth Caught Fire is an intelligent, disturbing piece of speculative fiction. Through the eyes of British reporter Peter Stenning (Edward Judd), we learn that both the U.S. and the U.S.S.R. have simultaneously set off nuclear explosions to test their efficiency. The twin blasts have caused the Earth to go off its axis. The result is a disastrous upheaval in the balance of nature; floods and fires being the principal plagues. With the end of the world staring everyone in the face, chaos reigns. The only hope lies in another massive nuclear explosion, which will hopefully rebalance the Earth. The film ends ambiguously, with viewers allowed to decide for themselves whether or not the world has been saved. In the original prints of The Day the Earth Caught Fire, the opening and closing reels were tinted yellow, representing the scorching heat beating down on the frightened populace. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
British Academy of Film and Television Arts Val Guest Best Screenplay 1961 Winner

Cast

Janet Munro
as Jeannie
Leo McKern
as Bill Maguire
Edward Judd
as Peter Stenning
Michael Goodliffe
as Night editor
Reginald Beckwith
as Harry
Austin Trevor
as Sir John Kelly
Edward Underdown
as Sanderson
John Barron
as Sub Editor
Geoffrey Chater
as Holroyd
Ian Ellis
as Michael
Jane Aird
as Nanny
Robin Hawdon
as Ronnie
Michael Caine
as Policeman
Marianne Stone
as Miss Evans
Michael Caine
as Policeman

Crew

Val Guest
Director
Val Guest
Producer
Val Guest
Screenwriter
Harry Waxman
Cinematographer
Monty Norman
Composer (Music Score)
Bill Lenny
Editor
Tony Masters
Art Director
Scott Slimon
Set Designer
Beatrice Dawson
Costume Designer
Buster Ambler
Sound/Sound Designer
Moray Grant
Camera Operator
Clifton Brandon
Production Manager
Tony Sforzini
Makeup
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