The Day the Earth Caught Fire
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An intelligent low-budget sci-fi doomsday pic."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Slow, depressing, but convincing sci-fi film"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The premise lends itself to the inspired pandemonium of a Max Ernst"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"The Day the Moviewatcher Nodded Off"
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"The disaster genre is not generally known for its insights into characters or its clever dialogue, but The Day the Earth Caught Fire is an admirable exception."
‑ Doug Cummings, Filmjourney
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