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The Time Machine (2002)

PG-13 | | Sci-Fi, Adventure, Action | 8 March 2002 (USA)
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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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John W. Momrow ...
Fifth Avenue Carriage Driver
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Jeffrey M. Meyer ...
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Storyline

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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The greatest adventure THROUGH all time! See more »


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

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8 March 2002 (USA)  »

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La máquina del tiempo  »

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$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

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$56,684,819 (USA) (17 May 2002)
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Gore Verbinski was brought in to take over the last 18 days of shooting, as Simon Wells was suffering from "extreme exhaustion." Wells returned for post-production. See more »

Goofs

Actress Myndy Crist, who is the friendly New Yorker who thinks Alexander Hartdegen's Time Machine is a Cappuccino maker, is listed in the movie credits as "Jogger", but in the entire scene she is unlocking her bicycle from a bike rack, thus her credit should be "Bicyclist", since she isn't jogging anywhere in the film. See more »

Quotes

Über-Morlock: Who are you to question 800,000 years... of evolution?
Alexander Hartdegen: This is, this is a perversion of every natural law.
Über-Morlock: [grabs him by the throat] And what is time travel but your pathetic attempted to try to control the world around you? Your futile effort to have a question answered? You think I don't know you, Alexander? I can look inside your memories, your nightmares, your dreams. You're a man haunted by those two most terrible words: What if?
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Referenced in Bad Movie Beatdown: Paul Blart: Mall Cop (2010) See more »

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See Me Dance the Polka
Written by George Grossmith
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User Reviews

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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