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The Time Machine -- Rod Taylor ("The Birds") stars as a turn-of-the-century inventor whose time machine inadvertantly transports him thousands of years into the future.


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David Duncan (screenplay)
H.G. Wells (novel)
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Release Date:
17 August 1960 (USA) See more »
You Will Orbit into the Fantastic Future! See more »
A man's vision for an utopian society is disillusioned when travelling forward into time reveals a dark and dangerous society. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Won Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
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Great film, very well done. See more (196 total) »


  (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
Reynold Brown .... movie poster art (uncredited)
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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103 min | Australia:89 min (video version)
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)
Argentina:Atp | 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?

Singer and lyricist Peggy Lee wrote a song for the film called "The Land Of The Leal" which was not used.See more »
Revealing mistakes: In a wide shot in the 1966 scene, a guard in the middle of the frame partly vanishes as he steps backwards (just before the dark-colored Jaguar arrives from the left). This is because the street shots in this scene as well as in that of 1917 are pasted together from different shots and matte backdrops. As a matter of fact, the perspectives don't even match (different angles).See more »
[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 old was Weena supposed to be?
What if, when George was jumping through time, the time machine were to occupy the same space as something solid, like rock?
How did the human race separate into the Eloi and the Morlocks?
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68 out of 82 people found the following review useful.
Great film, very well done., 31 July 2002
Author: LebowskiT1000 from Escondido, California, USA

I recently saw the 2002 film "The Time Machine" and liked it a great deal, so I thought that it was probably in my best interest to see the 1960 version of "The Time Machine". So, I went ahead and rented it and watched it. I knew that this film was made in 1960, so I wasn't expecting anything spectacular, but I still hoped that it would be good. I must say that I was REALLY impressed with the film! I thought it was great!

The story is brilliantly told, smartly done, and quite interesting. I noticed a great deal of similarities (and differences) between this film and the 2002 version. There was virtually nothing I didn't like about the film, as far as story goes. I'm really interested in reading the H.G. Wells story now, so hopefully in the near future I'll bust out my copy and read it.

I thought the actors in the film did a fantastic job as well! Sadly, I'd never even heard of any of the actors in the film. I thought Rod Taylor, Alan Young and Yvette Mimieux all did a great job. The rest of the cast was good, but these three really struck me as great. Also, I have to say that Yvette is one beautiful woman!

The special effects in this film were surprisingly good, especially for a movie made in 1960! I must admit that I was really impressed with the sets and the special effects in the film.

The only thing that I would complain about, if I had to, is some little things. For instance, the classic "monster about to grab the guy, but then doesn't" sort of thing. Little things like that kind of bothered me, but I realize that it was just the style back then, so I can't really complain about it. Also, I wasn't too terribly impressed with the mouth and face of the Morlocks, but again, given that it was made back in 1960, I can let it slide.

Overall, I really enjoyed the film, and would definitely recommend it to anyone that liked the 2002 version of the film or just enjoys films about time-travel or science fiction. I truly hope that you enjoy the film as much as I do. Thank you for reading,


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