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The Time Machine (1960)

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A Victorian Englishman travels to the far future and finds that humanity has divided into two hostile species.

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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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17 August 1960 (USA)  »

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$750,000 (estimated)
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The shape of the time machine itself was inspired by one of George Pal's favorite types of childhood vehicles - a sled. This is the reason for the sled-like design of the machine, so that it could 'slide' into time. See more »

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When George is first travelling in to the future, we see Mrs Watchett in fast motion walk down the street, look in a shop and walk away again. But at that point, George was already travelling at a lot faster rate (at least 1 day per second). See more »

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Filby: If that machine can do what you say it can do, destroy it, George! Destroy it before it destroys you!
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The special effects are still remarkable after more than 40 years!

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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