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The Day the Earth Caught Fire


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The Day the Earth Caught Fire 1961 PG

United Kingdom Director. Val Guest

When the USA and Russia simultaneously test atomic bombs, the earth is knocked off its axis and set on a collision course with the sun. Peter Stenning (Edward Judd), a washed-up Daily Express reporter, breaks the story and sets about investigating the government cover-up.

With strong performances (Leo McKern is a stand-out), a vivid depiction of the world of newspaper journalism, and extensive location shooting on the streets of London, Val Guest delivers one of the best British sci-fi films.

Restoration supported by Simon W. Hessel

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Directed by

Val Guest


Janet Munro

Leo McKern

Edward Judd


Science Fiction


Tomorrow's World






United Kingdom



Production company

Melina Productions

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