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THE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE (1961)

THE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE <span>(1961)</span> artwork

THE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE (1961)

Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 96

Release dates 13/03/2000

BBFCInsight mild bad language, mild violence, innuendo

Genre(s) Science Fiction, Drama

Director(s) Val Guest

Cast includes Janet Munro, Leo McKern, Edward Judd, Michael Goodliffe, Bernard Braden, Reginald Beckwith, Gene Anderson, Renee Asherson, Arthur Christiansen, Jane Aird, John Barron, Peter Butterworth, Michael Caine, Geoffrey Chater, Ian Ellis, Pamela Green, Robin Hawdon, Charles Morgan, Marianne Stone, Austin Trevor

Cut versions One or more versions of this work have been cut. Cuts are detailed for each respective version found under "Related works".

BBFCinsight publication date 01/10/2014

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

THE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE is a 1961 political science fiction drama about a global ecological disaster caused by nuclear weapons testing.

Language

Mild bad language includes 'ass', 'bastard', 'bloody' 'hell' and 'son of a bitch'.

Violence

There is also one scene of mild violence in which a man gets into a punch up with some young people, knocking some of them to the ground with masked blows.

Sex

The film also contains infrequent mild innuendo. In one scene a man sits of the edge of a bed in his boxer shorts, flirting with a woman who is naked under the bed sheets. It is discreetly implied they go on to have sex.

The film has a bleak tone, with sequences showing how the Earth's warming environment wreaks havoc on the landscape. This includes images of cattle lying dead on parched earth and forest fires raging.

Details

Title
THE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE
Also known as
THE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE (SCOPE)
Year
1961
Formats
DVD, Cinema
Distributor(s)
Sound & Media,Pax Films,BFI Films
Classified date(s)
01/10/2014
Main language
English
BBFC reference
AZF008781

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