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


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2 September 1960 (West Germany)  »

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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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Trivia

In the DVD special feature entitled Time Machine: The Journey Continues, FX designers Wah Chang, Tim Baar, and Gene Warren state that the scene of the limb with several apples and leaves growing on it at an accelerated rate while George moves forward in time was actually a painting done by artist Bill Brace. The canvas was photographed with a locked-off camera, one frame at a time, as Brace rendered the progressive growth of the leaves and apples in great detail. See more »

Goofs

Towards the beginning of the film when George is demonstrating the miniature Time Machine, the first close-up shot shows the disk-like device at the rear of the machine rotating counterclockwise. The next close-up, the disk is rotating the opposite direction. In the final close-up (just as it begins to disappear), the disk is again rotating counterclockwise. See more »

Quotes

George: When I speak of time, I'm speaking of the fourth dimension.
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Connections

Version of The Time Machine (1978) See more »

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User Reviews

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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