Directed by Val Guest • 1961 • United Kingdom
Starring Janet Munro, Leo McKern, Edward Judd
Distinguished by its chilling, matter-of-fact realism and thought-provoking dialogue, this Cold War–era doomsday thriller stands as one of the finest examples of its kind. Following simultaneous nuclear detonations by the United States and the Soviet Union, washed-up, alcoholic newspaper reporter Peter Stenning (Edward Judd) discovers that the Earth has been knocked off its axis and is now hurtling toward the sun. The only hope: another blast that will either save the world or destroy it once and for all.