The Day the Earth Caught Fire

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The Day the Earth Caught Fire ★★★½ 1961

The earth is knocked out of orbit and sent hurtling toward the sun when nuclear testing is done simultaneously at both the North and South Poles. Realistic and suspenseful, this is one of the best of the scifi genre. 95m/B VHS, DVD . Janet Munro, Edward Judd, Leo McKern; D: Val Guest; W: Wolf Mankowitz, Val Guest; C: Harry Waxman; M: Stanley Black. British Acad. '61: Screenplay.