The Day the Earth Caught Fire

Synopsis: Hysterical panic has engulfed the world after the United States and the Soviet Union simultaneously detonate nuclear devices causing a change to the nutation (axis of rotation) of the Earth.
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Director(s): Val Guest
Production: Universal Pictures
  Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
99 min

- Yes, well, you just tell him I'll be coming up

when he sees the bubbles.

I just got to get some clips

from the library, sir.

Fine. Make sure my

obituary's up-to-date.

But why alter my heading? What is he

trying to do, make a job for himself?

Bill, you can't print a

feature on thrombosis

and call it "You too can

be the death of the party."

Aw, we're all getting soft.

That's what we're all getting, soft.

- Hi, Billy boy.

- Good evening.

Well, your car's safely back.

It's a fine vessel and should prove

seaworthy for another hundred years or so.

What I don't understand,

why bother to come back?

You borrow my car for lunch,

why bother to hurry back at 6:30?

- I saw my kid today.

- Oh, yeah?

Yeah. Battersea Pleasure Gardens.

She lets me see him sometime.

It's my legal right, you know.

We spent the afternoon on the ghost train,

the only customers in the rain.

- You know, Sandy's been screaming for you.

- He's a nice little kid.

Bright, too. Remembered

me after about 10 minutes.

You can throw this lot down, too.

My floor's full.

Well, what's it like

to have fan mail?

Biggest experimental bang

of all time is 10 days old.

Instead of being proud,

the public demands we stop it.

Oh, I don't know.

The best science man in the street

ought to be able pull

off a little job like that.

Make a trick film maybe.

Yeah, you know,

the mushroom goes back into the bomb,

the bomb goes back into the plane,

which flies backwards over the task force

steaming backwards from the Antarctic.

Yeah, you better start climbing

backwards to Sandy's office.

He wouldn't believe

you were in church.

He probably wants me to

take over the Science desk.

Promotion. Stenning rises again.

Don't think you wouldn't be welcome.

- What have we got?

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Wolf Mankowitz

Cyril Wolf Mankowitz (7 November 1924 – 20 May 1998) was an English writer, playwright and screenwriter. He is particularly known for three novels—A Kid for Two Farthings, Make Me an Offer, and My Old Man's a Dustman—and other plays, historical studies, and the screenplays for many successful films which have received awards including the Oscar, Bafta and the Cannes Grand Prix. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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