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The Time Machine (1960)

Approved | | Adventure, Romance, Sci-Fi | 17 August 1960 (USA)
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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The Time Machine whirls you to a world of amazing adventure in the year 800,000! See more »


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$750,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Whit Bissell, who played Walter Kemp, later played Lt. Gen. Kirk in The Time Tunnel (1966), the idea for which came from George Pal's movie. However, producer Irwin Allen forgot Bissell was in "The Time Machine" and, instead, based his hiring on Bissell's calm-under-pressure roles in I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957) and Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954). See more »

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At the beginning, when the group of friends is waiting for George to show up for the dinner appointment, Filby is sitting in front of a clock that reads about four minutes to 8 pm. Suddenly all the other clocks in the room, which read 8pm, start to clang and gong. When the camera comes back to Filby (only a moment later in move time), the clock behind him reads 8pm, too. 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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