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The Time Machine (2002)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 8 March 2002 (USA)
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Hoping to alter the events of the past, a 19th century inventor instead travels 800,000 years into the future, where he finds humankind divided into two warring races.



(novel), (earlier screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »


Cast overview, first billed only:
Mrs. Watchit
Flower Seller
John W. Momrow ...
Fifth Avenue Carriage Driver
Jeffrey M. Meyer ...
Central Park Carriage Driver
Flower Store Worker


Based on the classic sci-fi novel by H.G. Wells, scientist and inventor, Alexander Hartdegen, is determined to prove that time travel is possible. His determination is turned to desperation by a personal tragedy that now drives him to want to change the past. Testing his theories with a time machine of his own invention, Hartdegen is hurtled 800,000 years into the future, where he discovers that mankind has divided into the hunter - and the hunted. Written by Tim1370

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


He was searching for the answer to his past. He became a hero for the future. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 March 2002 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La máquina del tiempo  »

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Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,610,437, 10 March 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$56,684,819, 19 May 2002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Vox was originally written as a robot. Steven Spielberg was creating A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) at the same time, and had a similarly-designed robot in his own film for every version of Vox the filmmakers could conceive. Production designer Oliver Scholl came up with the idea of a hologram. See more »


The amount of geologic change that occurs in the movie over the span of 800,000 is far too great for that passage of time. Glaciation and valley formation shown in the movie would take place over millions of years, not hundreds of thousands. See more »


Mara: Why have you come here? Why have you traveled through time?
Alexander Hartdegen: To have a question answered.
Mara: A question?
Alexander Hartdegen: Yes. Why can't I change the past?
Mara: Why would you want to?
[a look of realization]
Mara: You've lost someone. Someone you loved very much.
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Referenced in Regular Show: The Movie (2015) See more »


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homogenized nonsense
29 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

After reading the novel which is about a one hour read, watching this film became a sad disappointing experience. Just as he did in prince of Egypt simon wells somehow managed to direct a script that took away all the drama and mystery out of its source material and turned it into this homogenized nonsense. Now I'm a sucker for cheese and camp but this movie made absolutely no sense. There was no joy in any of the performances or any humor. There were no thrills and that silly bookend with addy's character of filby throwing his hat in the air was the last hackwriting straw. I felt very violated when this movie was over and I still refuse to believe it was only 90 minutes it went on forever. I wondered how the studio and director could have OK'd such a lousy script but then my friend pitched the movie to me exactly as It was and I said wow that sounds great but what happened to the movie.

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