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The Time Machine (2002)

PG-13  |   |  Sci-Fi, Adventure, Action  |  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.



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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

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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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$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,610,437 (USA) (8 March 2002)


$4,156,558 (Japan) (9 August 2002)

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The Time Machine itself was the biggest and most expensive prop ever to be built for a movie at the time. See more »


When the Vox says "Live long and prosper," it holds up its hand with the fingers in a "V" and the thumb next to the index finger. The Vulcan sign is properly done with the thumb away from the index finger so the hand makes more of a "W" shape. The salute is actually for the Hebrew letter Shin which has three points, not two. Leonard Nimoy (who is Jewish) saw the sign given during a Hebrew ritual and used it years later when an "exotic" sign was called for in his Star Trek role. See more »


Alexander Hartdegen: My question is why can't one change the past?
Vox: Because one cannot travel into the past.
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References Planet of the Apes (1968) See more »


There's a Place Called Tomorrow
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We 4 hard critics actually liked this film! Great music, and more...
11 May 2002 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

The four of us are in the 40 - 50 age range, and we are fairly tough what we like and do not like in films. It was Friday night and we wanted entertainment. We read the comments below - mostly, but not all negative - and decided to take a gamble. Arriving at the cinema, we were prepared for a bad movie but hoping for 'a good relaxing time'. Well, we *did* like this film! Not a top box office smash or even an 8 out of 10, but entertaining nevertheless. The MUSIC was superb. ACTING was fine. HISTORIC life portrayed in old Cambridge Massachusetts was realistic - even the snow and cold weather was real. The ROMANCE was acceptable. The STORY, while not closely following H G Well, was good enough. The SPECIAL EFFECTS were very good indeed. It is worth a gamble, to see this film. But go with a light heart and an acceptable frame of mind, and keep your expectations below that of a 10 out of 10 film.

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