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Director:
Writers:
David Duncan (screenplay)
H.G. Wells (novel)
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Release Date:
17 August 1960 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
You Will Orbit into the Fantastic Future! See more »
Plot:
A Victorian Englishman travels to the far future and finds that humanity has divided into two hostile species. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(29 articles)
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Hitchcock Star Rod Taylor Dies at 84
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Rod Taylor ... H. George Wells

Alan Young ... David Filby / James Filby

Yvette Mimieux ... Weena

Sebastian Cabot ... Dr. Philip Hillyer

Tom Helmore ... Anthony Bridewell

Whit Bissell ... Walter Kemp
Doris Lloyd ... Mrs. Watchett
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bob Barran ... Eloi Man (uncredited)
Paul Frees ... Talking Rings (voice) (uncredited)
Josephine Powell ... Eloi Girl (uncredited)
James Skelly ... Second Eloi Man (uncredited)

Directed by
George Pal 
 
Writing credits
David Duncan (screenplay)

H.G. Wells (novel)

Produced by
George Pal .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Russell Garcia (music score)
 
Cinematography by
Paul Vogel (director of photography) (as Paul C. Vogel)
 
Film Editing by
George Tomasini 
 
Art Direction by
George W. Davis  (as George Davis)
William Ferrari 
 
Set Decoration by
F. Keogh Gleason (set decorations) (as Keogh Gleason)
Henry Grace (set decorations)
 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair styles
William Tuttle .... makeup creator
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Shanks .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Mentor Huebner .... production illustrator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Franklin Milton .... recording supervisor
Van Allen James .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Wah Chang .... special photographic effects
Gene Warren .... special photographic effects
Howard A. Anderson .... additional special effects/optical effects (uncredited)
Tim Baar .... special photographic effects (uncredited)
Bill Brace .... matte artist (uncredited)
Jim Danforth .... assistant animator (uncredited)
Jim Danforth .... visual effects assistant (uncredited)
Tom Holland .... stop-motion animator (uncredited)
Phil Kellison .... optical effects cameraman (uncredited)
David Pal .... stop-motion animator (uncredited)
Ralph Rodine .... assistant camera: stop-motion (uncredited)
Don Sahlin .... stop-motion animator (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Charles K. Hagedon .... color consultant
 
Music Department
Alex Alexander .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Russell Garcia .... conductor (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Max Rabinowitz .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Uan Rasey .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Milton Raskin .... musician: piano (uncredited)
 
Other crew
George Pal .... morlock designer (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"H. G. Wells' The Time Machine" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
103 min | Australia:89 min (video version)
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Language:
Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (35 mm optical prints) | 4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System) (35 mm magnetic prints)
Certification:
Australia:G (alternate rating) | Australia:PG (original rating) | Canada:PG | Finland:K-12 | Germany:12 | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:AL | Norway:11 | Norway:16 (1960) | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) (2002) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #19392) | USA:G (re-rating) (1972) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Rod Taylor wanted Shirley Knight for the role of Weena.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When George arrives at the Pyramid, before walking off, he takes the crystal control lever and puts it in his front pants pocket, clearly creating a large protrusion. The protrusion disappears until it's time to restart the machine.See more »
Quotes:
[last lines]
Mrs. Watchett:Mister Filby, do you think he'll ever return?
Filby:One cannot choose but wonder. You see, he has all the time in the world.
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How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
Why did Wells name the principal character after himself?
What were the three books that George took back with him?
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21 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
A Firm Favourite, 18 June 2002
Author: Theo Robertson from Isle Of Bute, Scotland

The original film version of THE TIME MACHINE is almost certainly the best adaption of any of H G Wells work and deserves its status as a classic SF film. That`s not to say it`s without flaws , it starts very slowly and I found Filby`s obviously false Scottish accent very irritating ( Notice when a Scotsman appears in a SF film or series his accent is poor ? Scottie from STAR TREK , Jamie Mcrimmon from DOCTOR WHO etc ) , but once the hero goes off into the future it`s entertainment all the way.

Special mention should go to the very intelligent script, it does simplify much of Wells subtext but also adds an anti war theme , you can actually believe the hero`s thought processes came out of the mouth of Wells , and during the nuclear war the Earth show`s its anger at mankind with a series of devastating volcanic eruptions. Is this the first time that " the Gia Theory " has appeared on film ?

Perhaps the greatest compliment I can pay this film is that it reminded me of the early DOCTOR WHO stories . Praise indeed

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