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The Time Travelers (1964)

 -  Sci-Fi  -  29 October 1964 (USA)
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In 1964, a group of scientists create a portal that takes them to a barren, mutant inhabited, Earth in the year 2071.

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Complete credited cast:
Preston Foster ...
Dr. Erik von Steiner
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Steve Connors
Merry Anders ...
Carol White
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Varno
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Councilman Willard
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Gadra
Delores Wells ...
Reena
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Danny McKee
Berry Kroeger ...
Preston
Gloria Leslie ...
Councilwoman
Molly Glessing ...
Android
Peter Strudwick ...
The Mutant
J. Edward McKinley ...
Raymond
Margaret Seldeen ...
Miss Hollister
Forrest J Ackerman ...
Square-frame technician
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In 1964, a team of scientists are trying to develop a view screen into the future. What they in fact get is a portal and they soon find themselves on the other side, 127 years into the future when the portal collapses. The Earth of the future is barren and they are soon attacked by mutated humans but rescued by a group of scientists who are building a spaceship to take them to a new planet. They learn that much of Earth was destroyed as the result of a nuclear war. When it's determined that the visitors from the past cannot be included in the planned voyage, they work furiously to rebuild the portal and return to their own time before departure day. Meanwhile, always under the threat of attack from the mutants , friendships are formed and they learn of life in the future including the use of robots for menial tasks. Written by garykmcd

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His cameo appearance became the first genre film appearance for "Famous Monsters of Filmland" publisher Forrest J Ackerman. This led to another facet of his career in which he would make numerous cameo appearances, and even do bit parts, in films for more than 40 years. See more »

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When the four 1960 earthlings return to their lab to find themselves frozen in time, the supposedly frozen Steve Franken blinks his left eye. See more »

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Councilman Willard: We must consider the greater good. I must do what I think is right.
Dr. Steve Connors: And what about us?
Councilman Willard: Nobody invited you here.
Dr. Erik von Steiner: At least give us a chance to try to find a solution.
Councilman Willard: It's impossible!
Dr. Steve Connors: Until you have tried and failed, nothing is impossible!
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Remade as Journey to the Center of Time (1967) See more »

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Window to a Wasteland.
24 August 2009 | by (Staten Island, New York) – See all my reviews

Working secretly from a basement in an U.S.C. science building, a trio of scientists crack open a window into the future. Endeavoring to open their portal can be a tricky proposition: in light that it is next to scientifically impossible to pull off. Accidentally, the two-dimensional view screen gives way to an actual exit to another world. Danny, the meddlesome errand boy, takes the initiative and vaults himself into a devastated, futuristic time zone. (A neat special effects trick is employed here: when an actor, entering the portal, steps off to the right side of the window, disappearing for a few moments, only to reemerge, with the help of rear projection, back into the background of the scene.) The two male scientists soon follow. Mutants respond to their intrusion as only mutants can: they attack. Two of the disfigured fellows even attempt to leap into the lab, but the female scientist repels them with a handy fire extinguisher. Smashing good tactic. In the nick of time, and just before the portal closes, she also takes the plunge into the future. This is a surprisingly good special effect. It works so well that they utilize it again, later on in the movie. The rugged terrain is photographed by the legendary cinematographer, Vilmos Zsigmond, but, at the time of filming, a new comer. He renders off some excellent tracking shots through barren canyons. High shots. Long shots. And even some shots that follow directly behind our group as they search for missing Danny. Confrontation ensues. Mutants don't like stone throwers so they retreat. When Danny is found up ahead, they take sanctuary in a cave protected by an invisible force field. The tunnel dwellers soon arrive and escort them to more comfortable surroundings for some well-needed answers. John Hoyt, the leader of the council, and looking fit and dapper, gives them some answers and asks them some questions of his own. For a movie geared to kids, the film has some frank talk about sex. Reyna, Danny's girl, is a looker and has the right amount of sweetness for us to buy her as Danny's girl. There are many bright touches along the way, and an ingenious time-loop that makes sense for a change. The battle sequences between the mutants, humans and worker-androids, are violent and fiery. Blood flows. Some androids and mutants lose limbs. Rightfully so. Terrific movie to watch with the kids on a lazy afternoon in the summer. Show them how things used to be. They'll be stunned. Trust me. I was.


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