The Sky's On Fire

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The Sky's on Fire
Written byMichael Tobias (novel)
Roderick Taylor (teleplay)
Bruce A. Taylor (teleplay)
Gar Anthony Haywood
Directed byDan Lerner
StarringJohn Corbett
Josie Bissett
Bradley Whitford
Ben Browder
Theme music composerJeff Eden Fair
Starr Parodi
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)David Gerber
Michael Tobias (co-executive producer)
Producer(s)Art Levinson
Larry Levin (co-producer)
Michele Sacharow (co-producer)
CinematographyEric Van Haren Noman
Editor(s)Paul Dixon
Running time89 min.
Production company(s)All American Television
OTL Productions
Original networkABC
Original releaseJuly 15, 2000

The Sky's on Fire (AKA Countdown: The Sky's on Fire!) is a 1998 made-for-television film featuring John Corbett as Dr. Evan Thorne, Josie Bissett as Jennifer Thorne, Ben Browder as Racer, Bradley Whitford as John Morgan and directed by Dan Lerner.


A hole in the ozone layer has appeared over Los Angeles, causing all sorts of ecological disasters. Birds, whales, insects and people all succumb to the effects. Dr. Evan Thorne, who has been trying to alert the authorities to the looming disaster, finds it falls to him and his friends to save this small part of the planet from an environmental apocalypse.


Jack Nicholls wrote in The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction, "A painfully low-budget disaster movie, Countdown: The Sky's on Fire has little to distinguish it except its lurid title. A hole in the ozone layer above the Pacific threatens to burn to death the population of the western United States. When this is discovered, a group of scientists, politicians, soldiers and journalists sit around and talk about fixing it while their womenfolk are threatened by insect swarms driven insane by the Sun's radiation. As the threat to humanity is invisible, and there was little money available to show its after-effects, the film is less a bad movie than a very dull one."[1]

A reviewer for the site Disaster Movie World shared the opinion: "The Sky's on Fire is a treat if you're into bad movie physics, plot holes and logical inconsistencies in general. Forget the fact that Our Heroes can fly all the way up to the ozone hole without being burned while people down on the ground get baked to death — the most absurd part of all is the final resolution when the ozone hole is sealing itself up in a matter of seconds! While there's some potential in the various animal attacks, those scenes are all rather short and lack any real energy... While this film is nowhere near being 'good', and descends into the downright ludicrous during the final third or so, the silliness of it all is kind of enjoyable."[2]


  1. ^ Nicholls, Jack (December 20, 2011). "Countdown: The Sky's On Fire". The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. New York: St Martin's Griffin. ISBN 0-312-09618-6.
  2. ^ Crippa (2010-11-01). "Countdown: The Sky's on Fire (1998)". Disaster Movie World. Retrieved May 7, 2014. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)

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