The Time Machine (2002) Poster


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Director Simon Wells is the great-grandson of H.G. Wells who wrote the book upon which this movie is based.
The Time Machine itself was the biggest and most expensive prop ever to be built for a movie at the time.
Guy Pearce was so consistent in most of his takes that the audio from one take could be put with the video from another and the combination of the two would fit perfectly.
Guy Pearce broke a rib during the filming when he tackled the Morlock from the side.
Guy Pearce did most of his own stunts, and occasionally got frustrated when he wasn't allowed to do a few.
A picture of H.G. Wells is visible in Alexander's house in several shots.
The film takes place on January 18, 1899, on February 3, 1903, on May 24, 2030, on August 26, 2037, in July 802,701, in 635,427,810 and on February 10, 1903.
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.
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.
The sound of the Morlock's roar is actually that of a bull.
Originally scheduled for release in December 2001. It was bumped to March 2002 because of a scene involving a meteor shower crippling New York. The filmmakers were concerned the scene would stir memories of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
Simon Wells' idea for the machine to incorporate Fresnel lenses came from the fact that the Time Traveler in the book is mentioned as a professor of physical optics.
Vox's license number is 114: number that Stanley Kubrick used in many of his films.
Vox mentions a "Time Machine" musical and starts singing a song with the lyrics "There's a place called tomorrow...". Such a musical and such a song do not exist, although its composer Andrew Lloyd Webber most certainly does.
The opening scene was shot at Vassar College in the fall of 2000. The students in the scene are actual students and the professors are actual professors. Several additional scenes were shot but did not make it into the film. One deleted scene featured 10 Vassar students walking around the campus in front of the library with Guy Pearce (Alexander Hartdegen). The scene can be viewed in the DVD extras. The students were all allowed to miss classes during the shooting and were all paid for their efforts.
At one point, Alexander travels briefly into the far future, and the date shown on the time machine is 635,427,810 AD.
Jeremy Irons (The Über-Morlock) previously played H.G. Wells in From Time to Time (1992).
John Logan, co-producer and writer, also created the Eloi language.
Samantha Mumba (Mara) and Omero Mumba (Kalen) are siblings in real life.
When Hartdegen starts to travel to the future, he watches three mannequins in a shop window and as their clothes change across the time. In The Time Machine (1960), George watches the change of clothes of a mannequin during his time travel.
The first stop that Hartdegen makes in the future is marked as May 24, 2030.
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The film's trailer used music from Stargate (1994) and Stargate SG-1 (1997).
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Philip Bosco's scenes as the Dean were cut from the final print.
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When Alexander Hartdegen and Mara are in the grave with all the signs from New York, Alexander quotes a bible verse. He quotes Ecclesiastes 1:4 "One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever."
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After the stereo-optical asks if there will be anything else, he gives his goodbye with the Vulcan hand sign for "Live long and Prosper" he exits the screen to the sound of a Star Trek Enterprise door opening.
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Alan Young: "Filby" from The Time Machine (1960) appears as a florist. When Young picked out his costume, he found the same period shirt he wore in the earlier film, complete with his name written on the collar! (Source: DVD production notes)


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

The machine's date when Hartdegen arrives to the Eloi's world is July 16, 802,701 AD.
According to the time machine, the date of the moon's destruction is August 26, 2037.
When Vox explains Hartdegen's biography, he mentions "1869-1903" as his years of birth and death. Since then Hartdegen stands in the future, 1903 turns in the year of his missing. According with it, Hartdegen is 34 years old when he travels to the future. Guy Pearce was just one year older at the point of the movie.
When Hartdegen talks with Vox about time travel, the latter mentions three real Sci-Fi writers: Isaac Asimov, Harlan Ellison and H.G. Wells. Asimov wrote "The End of the Eternity" in 1955 about time travel and the risks of making changes to the past. Ellison wrote numerous scripts science fiction (including time travel) for TV series like The Outer Limits (1963) and The Twilight Zone (1959). Wells wrote "The Time Machine" in 1894, the book upon which this movie is based.
The book that Vox recites to the Eloi children at the end of the movie is "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer", written by Mark Twain and originally published in 1876.
Kalen saves Hartdegen from a Morlock attacking him with a torch. In the original The Time Machine (1960) George saves Weena using a torch against the Morlocks.
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