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The Time Machine (1960)

A man's vision for a utopian society is disillusioned when travelling forward into time reveals a dark and dangerous society.

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On January 5, 1900, a disheveled looking H.G. Wells - George to his friends - arrives late to his own dinner party. He tells his guests of his travels in his time machine, the work about which his friends knew. They were also unbelieving, and skeptical of any practical use if it did indeed work. George knew that his machine was stationary in geographic position, but he did not account for changes in what happens over time to that location. He also learns that the machine is not impervious and he is not immune to those who do not understand him or the machine's purpose. George tells his friends that he did not find the Utopian society he so wished had developed. He mentions specifically a civilization several thousand years into the future which consists of the subterranean morlocks and the surface dwelling eloi, who on first glance lead a carefree life. Despite all these issues, love can still bloom over the spread of millennia. Written by Huggo

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2 September 1960 (West Germany)  »

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H. G. Wells' The Time Machine  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,610,000, 31 December 1960

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,610,000, 31 December 1960
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(35 mm optical prints)| (Westrex Recording System) (35 mm magnetic prints)

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1.85 : 1
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George Pal originally considered casting a middle-aged British actor such as David Niven or James Mason as George. He later changed his mind and selected the younger Australian actor Rod Taylor to give the character a more athletic, idealistic dimension. See more »

Goofs

When George begins his traveling through time, the rate at which the sun and stars move shows he is watching the passage of a day in less than a minute of his own time. However, without changing the rate of travel, he sees people moving around in front of the shops across the street, staying there - at his current rate - for hours. See more »

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The special effects are still remarkable after more than 40 years!
7 June 2001 | by See all my reviews

This is a very well-done adaptation of the H. G. Wells novella, with an Oscar for the special effects that are still impressive more than 40 years later. Good performances by an ensemble cast and a good script also help. One interesting side note: character actor Whit Bissell was in both the 1960 version here and the version done for television in 1978, playing essentially the same part with two different character names! Recommended.


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