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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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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 man's vision for an utopian society is disillusioned when travelling forward into time reveals a dark and dangerous society. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(29 articles)
Rod Taylor to be remembered in TCM film tribute
 (From ChannelGuideMag. 13 January 2015, 9:47 AM, PST)

Jessica Chastain is Everything. And Other Links
 (From FilmExperience. 9 January 2015, 12:35 PM, PST)

Hitchcock Star Rod Taylor Dies at 84
 (From Vulture. 9 January 2015, 9:30 AM, PST)

User Reviews:
"He Has All The Time In The World" See more (195 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)

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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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:
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?

Trivia:
When George arrives in the year 802701 his time machine reads the date of October 12th. So George arrives into a "New World" on the anniversary of Columbus' first reaching the "New World" of the Americas.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When one of the Morlocks catches fire and runs around, you can clearly see the wrinkles of the actor's fire suit.See more »
Quotes:
George:What have you done? Thousands of years of building and rebuilding, creating and recreating so you can let it crumble to dust. A million years of sensitive men dying for their dreams... FOR WHAT? So you can swim and dance and play.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Back to the Future (1985)See more »

FAQ

How old was Weena supposed to be?
How much sex, violence, and profanity are in this movie?
Why did Wells name the principal character after himself?
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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
"He Has All The Time In The World", 20 April 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

One of my favorite films back when I was a lad was George Pal's production of the H.G. Wells novel, The Time Machine. As I've gotten a lot older since the 13 I was when it came out, I can more appreciate the meticulous care that went into the making of this film.

Considering that we didn't have computer generated images back in the day, the special effects hold up remarkably well. The make up and costumes for the villainous Morlocks still have the power to frighten.

What I look at now though was the United Kingdom of the turn of the last century in which Wells wrote his book. As much as George Pal was able to capture the future, he did as well with the past, the recreation of the Victorian/Edwardian era from which our time traveler Rod Taylor goes to the future and back.

A lot of that has to do with the casting of the four men who are Taylor's friends and looked like they stepped from that era. Tom Helmore, Sebastian Cabot, Whit Bissell, and Alan Young all comport themselves as proper English gentlemen who are concerned and support their friend anyway in his theories and experiments.

Especially Alan Young's performance, it's my favorite in the film. Young plays a dual role as Taylor's friend and as his own son over several generations of the 20th century. He's the kind of true friend we should all in life be fortunate to have.

Also note that the mechanics of the Time Machine itself are never explained, just how the thing works and what powers it. It was probably beyond even the fertile imagination of H.G. Wells to conceive, our own best minds of science now debate whether it is even theoretically possible.

Rod Taylor after playing several good supporting roles in many films since arriving in America from his native Australia, got his first lead and real big break in The Time Machine. He's excellent as the time traveler who essentially saves the future for mankind and rescues it from the world that has developed.

The Time Machine was also ahead of it's time. no pun intended, in its depiction of the peaceful Eloi. During the sixties age of flower power, the gentle Eloi are like a bunch of hippies who seemingly have attained their version of paradise. No one is old and they live in a garden of Eden. Little do they know what the underground Morlocks are using them for.

Yvette Mimieux who as Weena of the Eloi got her break out role her. She's the quintessence of the flower power generation soon to come.

Even though new versions have been done, this version of The Time Machine still stirs the imagination and appeals to the scientifically curious in all of us.

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