The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961)

Stills must not be reproduced, copied or downloaded in any way.

Film details


Nuclear testing by the Americans and Russians has tilted the Earth off its axis and sent it on a collision course with the sun. As a group of journalists at London's Daily Express report the unfolding events, the superpowers plan to explode two more bombs hoping to set the planet back on its original orbit.

Cast & Credits

Latest from the BFI

  • Latest from the BFI

    Latest news, features and opinion.

More information

Films, TV and people

  • Films, TV and people

    Film lists and highlights from BFI Player.

More information

Sight & Sound magazine

  • Sight & Sound magazine

    Reviews, interviews and features from the international film magazine.

More information

Back to the top