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The Time Machine (1960)

Approved  |   |  Adventure, Fantasy, Romance  |  17 August 1960 (USA)
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A man's vision for an utopian society is disillusioned when travelling forward into time reveals a dark and dangerous society.



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The Time Machine whirls you to a world of amazing adventure in the year 800,000! See more »


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17 August 1960 (USA)  »

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H. G. Wells' The Time Machine  »

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$750,000 (estimated)

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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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Did You Know?


When George stops his time machine in 1966, the authorities seen helping people running into the fallout shelter when the air raid sirens start going off are wearing the same uniforms that were used in the movie Forbidden Planet (1956) also made by MGM. See more »


When the atomic bomb explodes in 1966 London, all the buildings, cars, etc., are instantly incinerated; but in close-up George is shown lying flat on perfect, unburned green grass, unscathed, and the time machine is equally undamaged, sitting undisturbed beside blossoming, untouched foliage. See more »


Filby: Which three books would you have taken?
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Referenced in First Men in the Moon (1964) See more »

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It's always the right time for The Time Machine.
9 August 1999 | by (Auburn, Me) – See all my reviews

One of those Sci-Fi films that's made just right to be watched over and over again and never gets old. The special effects were ahead of their time but the film is not bogged down with them and the actors are allowed to ply their trade. Rod Taylor puts in a solid performance as George the time traveler. George Pal did a great job with this picture. A remake would probably be flashier with the FX but would be hard to beat this classic.

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