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  • Director

    Val Guest

  • Starring

    Edward Judd, Janet Munro, Leo McKern, Michael Goodliffe

  • Run Time

    99 mins

  • Release Year

    1961

  • Country of Origin

    UK

  • Certificate

    PG - Contains mild bad language, mild violence, innuendo.

  • Language

    English

  • Format

    Digital

The Day the Earth Caught Fire

Part of the COP26 Season

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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. As the planet inexorably heats up and society slowly breaks down, Peter Stenning (Edward Judd), a washed-up Daily Express reporter, breaks the story and sets about investigating the government cover-up.

Made at a time when the nuclear threat of the Cold War loomed large, The Day the Earth Caught Fire is an expertly crafted sci-fi film that boasts a BAFTA winning screenplay, gritty characters and a vision of end-of-days London that really burns.



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