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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.
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.
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.
Originally released for December 2001, the release was bumped to March 2002 because of a decision whether to remove a scene involving a meteor shower crippling New York. The filmmakers were concerned that such a scene may stir memories of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
Guy Pearce broke a rib during the filming when he tackled the Morlock from the side.
A picture of H.G. Wells is visible in Alexander's house in several shots.
Vox (the librarian hologram played by Orlando Jones) was originally written to be a robot. Steven Spielberg, however, 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.
Guy Pearce did most of his own stunts, and occasionally got frustrated when he wasn't allowed to do a few.
The sound of the Morlock's roar is actually that of a bull.
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.
At one point, Alexander travels into the far future, and the date shown on the time machine is 635,427,810 AD.
John Logan, credited as co-producer and writer, created the Eloi's language they speak in the movie.
Vox's license number is 114: number that Stanley Kubrick used in many of his films
The first stop what makes Hartdegen in the future is marked as May 24, 2030.
Philip Bosco's scenes as the Dean were cut from the final print.
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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.
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. Pearce was just one year older at the point of the movie.
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.
According with the own time machine, the date of the moon's destruction is August 8, 2037.
When Hartdegen talks with Vox about time travel, this last mentions three real Sci-Fi writers: Isaac Asimov, Harlan Ellison and H.G. Wells. Asimov wrote in 1955 "The End of the Eternity", about the time travel and the risks about to make changes in the past. Ellison wrote numerous scripts about sci-fi (including time travel) for TV series like The Outer Limits (1963) and Twilight Zone (1959). Wells wrote in 1894 "The Time Machine", the book which is based the movie.
The book that Vox tales to the Elois at the end of the movie is "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn", written by Mark Twain and published originally in 1884.
When Hartdegen starts to travel to the future, this one 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.

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