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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 »
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User Reviews:
Fourth Time Was A Charm: A Thought-Provoking Film That Looks Better Than Ever On DVD See more (179 total) »

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)
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Directed by
George Pal 
 
Writing credits
David Duncan (screenplay)

H.G. Wells (novel)

Produced by
George Pal .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Russell Garcia 
 
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 stylist
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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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 (certificate #19392) | USA:G (re-rating) (1972) | West Germany:12

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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:
Factual errors: When George's friends leave his house after the demonstration of the miniature time machine on December 31, 1899, it's a few minutes before 6:00 by all the clocks in George's house. (Most noticeably, the clock on the table that George leans on by the window as his friends put on their coats.) We see his friends leaving and getting into a carriage in broad daylight, but it is pitch dark in London at both 6 AM and 6 PM on New Year's Eve.See more »
Quotes:
Filby:He's got all the time in the world.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Forbidden Planet (1956)See more »

FAQ

What if, when George was jumping through time, the time machine were to occupy the same space as something solid, like rock?
Why did Wells name the principal character after himself?
Do the Eloi and the Morlocks look different in the novel?
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39 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Fourth Time Was A Charm: A Thought-Provoking Film That Looks Better Than Ever On DVD, 6 January 2007
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

Boy, did a nice DVD transfer of this not only mak me appreciate the visuals in here more but made the story seem better, too, for some reason. I only acquired the DVD as a memento, so to speak. I had to have at least one movie which had the woman I had a crush on back in the early '60s: Yvettte Mimieux. She still looks great, too. The main thing, however, is how I now viewed this story and how much more I wound up liking it than in the past. This was my fourth look at this movie over a 45-year span and I enjoyed it the most this last time.

Since time travel stories always fascinate me, my favorite part of the film is when "George" (Rod Taylor) is actually in his time machine and experiments with it, slowing it down here and then and then stopping it a couple of times to observe World War I and then WWII. Then, he stops in 1966 when supposedly there was a nuclear attack. (Apparently, scare-mongers back in '60 thought that was a short-term likelihood.)

Anyway, when "George" (H.G. Wells, the author of this story) finally stops, in the year 200,000-something, the story loses some of its momentum. However, it's a fairly interesting study of a group of ultra-passive people being dominated by others who live underground and then literally eat the good people. Taylor is astounded that mankind has not progressed as he had figured but seemed to have regressed.

The message I got on this last look is that man is still man, meaning sinful and capable of anything bad as well as good, and to put one's faith totally in man is a mistake. It's only going to lead to disappointments as "George" found out on each of his stops. (Notice he never stopped during a peaceful, progressive period.) Yet, "George" is still an optimist and wants to be one to help initiate change for the better. There's always hope for a better world and people like George, with his idealism put to action, can make a difference.

Overall, an entertaining and thought-provoking film.

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