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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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"Is it this? Or That? The Universe? or Nothingness?" See more (94 total) »

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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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System Noiseless Recording)
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Trivia:
The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In his first scene Theotocopulos maintains the same position, leaning on his statue, but his sculpting mallet vanishes between shots.See more »
Quotes:
Roxana:I don't suppose any man has ever understood any woman since the beginning of things. You don't understand our imaginations.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in War Stories (2006) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
The world in ruinsSee more »

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38 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
"Is it this? Or That? The Universe? or Nothingness?", 17 February 2003

Powerful, yet creaky science fiction film from the 30's by the Korda clan. H. G. Wells's work is brought to the screen as a vision of what warfare will bring mankind in the century to follow. The film shows the destructive nature of war and how is will catapult us back to a state of barbarism, warlords, and another Black Death-like plague called the "wandering Sickness." However, because man clings to science, man will rise above all this and create a new, modern society free of warfare. The film has a lot of historical inaccuracies to its discredit NOW, yet much of what is preaches is plausible sometime, and much of it has some truth to it in some form. The theme that man can prevail and keep discovering/conquering new vistas is a laudable one. The film shows that progress and science are the things which advance us as a people. I thought of Ayn Rand and Atlas Shrugged as I heard one of the characters say something to the effect that the scientists/inventors had formed their own civilization, free of corruption and violence. The pace of the film is somewhat tortoise-like at times, yet many scenes are very compelling. The set designs are outstanding in the futuristic world of 2036(where they valiantly try to put a rocket in space to make a preliminary orbit around the moon). Acting is good with Raymond Massey and Cedric Hardwicke giving good performances, but it is Ralph Richardson as a "Boss" who deserves the most praise for giving a powerful performance of a man with inherent human traits that stymie progress. A though-provoking film indeed!

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