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Things to Come -- A story of 100 years: a decades-long second world war leaves plague and anarchy, then a rational state rebuilds civilization and tries space travel.
Things to Come -- A story of 100 years: a decades-long second world war leaves plague and anarchy, then a rational state rebuilds civilization and tries space travel.

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Writers:
H.G. Wells (novel)
H.G. Wells (screenplay)
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Release Date:
1936 (Austria) See more »
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What will the next hundred years bring to mankind? See more »
Plot:
The story of a century: a decades-long second World War leaves plague and anarchy, then a rational state rebuilds civilization and attempts space travel. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Raymond Massey ... John Cabal / Oswald Cabal
Edward Chapman ... Pippa Passworthy / Raymond Passworthy

Ralph Richardson ... The Boss
Margaretta Scott ... Roxana / Rowena (as Margueretta Scott)

Cedric Hardwicke ... Theotocopulos
Maurice Braddell ... Dr. Harding
Sophie Stewart ... Mrs. Cabal
Derrick De Marney ... Richard Gordon (as Derrick de Marney)
Ann Todd ... Mary Gordon
Pearl Argyle ... Catherine Cabal
Kenneth Villiers ... Maurice Passworthy
Ivan Brandt ... Morden Mitani
Anne McLaren ... The Child
Patricia Hilliard ... Janet Gordon
Charles Carson ... Great Grandfather
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gordon Bailey ... Undetermined role (uncredited)
Patrick Barr ... World Transport Official (uncredited)
Noel Brophy ... Irishman (uncredited)
Tony Bruce ... Undetermined role (uncredited)
John Clements ... The Airman (uncredited)
Hilda Davies ... Undetermined role (uncredited)
Aubrey Dexter ... (uncredited)
Don Gemmell ... Undetermined role (uncredited)
Florence Harwood ... Undetermined role (uncredited)
Anthony Holles ... Simon Burton (uncredited)
Allan Jeayes ... Mr. Cabal (uncredited)
Eugene Leahy ... Undetermined role (uncredited)
Pickles Livingston ... Horrie Passworthy (uncredited)
Kim Peacock ... Undetermined role (uncredited)
Clarence Rigge ... (uncredited)

George Sanders ... Pilot (uncredited)

Abraham Sofaer ... The Jew (uncredited)

Terry-Thomas ... Man of the Future (uncredited)

Directed by
William Cameron Menzies 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
H.G. Wells  novel "The Shape of Things to Come"
H.G. Wells  screenplay

Produced by
Alexander Korda .... producer
 
Original Music by
Arthur Bliss (music specially composed by)
 
Cinematography by
Georges Périnal  (as Georges Perinal)
 
Film Editing by
Charles Crichton 
Francis D. Lyon  (as Francis Lyon)
 
Costume Design by
John Armstrong 
René Hubert  (as Rene Hubert)
Cathleen Mann  (as The Marchioness of Queensberry)
Sam Williams (uncredited)
 
Production Management
David B. Cunynghame .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Geoffrey Boothby .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Vincent Korda .... settings designer
Frank Wells .... assistant art director
John Bryan .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Frederick Pusey .... assistant art director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
A.W. Watkins .... recording director
Desmond Dew .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Lawrence W. Butler .... assistant special effects (as Lawrence Butler)
Edward Cohen .... special effects photographer
Ned Mann .... special effects director
Ross Jacklin .... special effects (uncredited)
George J. Teague .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
Wally Veevers .... assistant special effects (uncredited)
Harry Zech .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Jack Cardiff .... special effects camera operator (uncredited)
W. Percy Day .... matte painter (uncredited)
Peter Ellenshaw .... assistant matte artist (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Krasker .... camera operator
Bernard Browne .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Jack Cardiff .... camera operator (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
William Hornbeck .... supervising editor
 
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... musical director
Gordon Jacob .... additional orchestrator (uncredited)
Lionel Salter .... assistant musical director (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Nigel Tangye .... aeronautical advisor
 
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Runtime:
100 min | UK:117 min | Canada:91 min (VHS version) | UK:108 min (premiere cut) | UK:113 min (original version) | USA:92 min (cut version) | Spain:89 min (DVD)
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System Noiseless Recording)
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Accurately predicts the scale and usage of large-format, flat-screen jumbo-tron style LCD TV screens.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the bombing of Everytown, a man in a top hat follows several people across the hood of a car in an attempt to escape. There are footprints clearly all over the hood. A later scene shows more people using the same car, But this time the hood is clean.See more »
Quotes:
Raymond Passworthy:Oh, God, is there ever to be any age of happiness? Is there never to be any rest?
Oswald Cabal:Rest enough for the individual man - too much, and too soon - and we call it death. But for Man, no rest and no ending. He must go on, conquest beyond conquest. First this little planet with its winds and ways, and then all the laws of mind and matter that restrain him. Then the planets about him and at last out across immensity to the stars. And when he has conquered all the deeps of space and all the mysteries of time, still he will be beginning.
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30 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
One of the great science fiction films, 25 June 2005
Author: lbliss314 from USA

Things to Come is that rarity of rarities, a film about ideas. Many films present a vision of the future, but few attempt to show us how that future came about. The first part of the film, when war comes to Everytown, is short but powerful. (Ironically, film audiences in its release year laughed at reports that enemy planes were attacking England--appeasement was at its height. Wells' prediction was borne out all too soon.) The montage of endless war that follows, while marred by sub-par model work, is most effective. The explanatory titles are strongly reminiscent of German Expressionist graphic design. The art director was the great William Cameron Menzies, and his sets of the ruins of Everytown are among his best work. Margaretta Scott is very seductive as the Chief's mistress. The Everytown of the 21st century is an equally striking design. The acting in the 21st century story is not compelling--perhaps this was a misfired attempt to contrast the technocratic rationality of this time with the barbarism of 1970. Unfortunately, the model work, representing angry crowds rushing down elevated walkways, is laughably bad and could have been done much better, even with 30s technology. This is particularly galling since the scenes of the giant aircraft are very convincing. This is redeemed by Raymond Massey's magnificent speech that concludes the film--rarely has the ideal of scientific progress been expressed so well. Massey's final question is more relevant now than ever, in an era of severely curtailed manned spaceflight. The scene is aided by the stirring music of Sir Arthur Bliss, whose last name I proudly share.

Unfortunately, the VHS versions of this film are absolutely horrible, with serious technical problems. Most versions have edited out a rather interesting montage of futuristic workers and machines that takes us from 1970 to 2038. I hope a good DVD exists of the entire film.

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