Nuclear tests, conducted by the Americans and Russians, inadvertently knock the world off its axis. Weather patterns around the globe are disrupted but temperatures rise universally. Did the tests do more harm that was first thought?
This atmospheric story is told through the eyes of three people: Peter Stenning - the hard-drinking star reporter sliding to failure; scientific correspondent Bill Maguire, whose sleep-starved mind is galvanised when he sees the truth behind the upheaval which brings chaos to the world; and Jeannie Craig, Stenning's girlfriend, who innocently stumbles on the truth the government has been trying to suppress.
Dynamically filmed by Val Guest in 1961, "The Day The Earth Caught Fire" represents a landmark in British science fiction film making with its completely authentic Fleet Street background and performances to match is startling theme.
Scene Selection, Stills Gallery, Interview With Leo McKern, Commentary With Director Val Guest, Trailer, US Television Spots
Release Date: 20 August 2001
Certificate: 15 - Suitable for Persons Aged 15 or Over
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Wide Screen
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
Running Time: 99 minutes
Production Year: 1961
Main Language: English
Unintentionally the forerunner to 'Day after Tomorrow'
Made forty three years before but just as believable. Instead of global warming in '61 nuclear testing was the great fear. I've given the film four stars but not the price. Why is this nearly three times the alternative dvd on this site?