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Beyond the Time Barrier (1960)

Not Rated | | Romance, Sci-Fi | July 1960 (USA)
In 1960, a military test pilot is caught in a time warp that propels him to year 2024 where he finds a plague has sterilized the world's population.


Edgar G. Ulmer


Arthur C. Pierce (original story and screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Clarke ... Maj. William Allison
Darlene Tompkins Darlene Tompkins ... Princess Trirene
Arianne Ulmer Arianne Ulmer ... Capt. Markova (as Arianne Arden)
Vladimir Sokoloff ... The Supreme
Stephen Bekassy Stephen Bekassy ... Gen. Karl Kruse
John Van Dreelen ... Dr. Bourman (as John van Dreelen)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan Boyd 'Red' Morgan ... Captain (as Red Morgan)
Ken Knox Ken Knox ... Col. Marty Martin
Don Flournoy Don Flournoy ... Mutant
Tom Ravick Tom Ravick ... Mutant
Neil Fletcher Neil Fletcher ... Air Force Chief
Jack Herman Jack Herman ... Dr. Richman
James 'Ike' Altgens James 'Ike' Altgens ... Secretary Lloyd Patterson (as James Altgens)
William Shephard William Shephard ... Gen. York (as William Shapard)
John Loughney John Loughney ... Gen. Lamont


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Release Date:

July 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The War of 1995 See more »


Box Office


$125,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono | Stereo (Dolby 2.0)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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As the X-80 is gaining altitude, there is a shot of the plane supposedly in a steep climb. But the clouds in the background are obviously at the same sharp angle, revealing that the footage of a level flight has just been "tilted" optically. See more »


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Sadly not beyond the budget barriers…
10 July 2017 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

"Beyond the Time Barrier" is the type of late 50s/early 60s Sci-Fi film of which you know, after approximately five minutes already, that it could have been a fantastic contemporary genre highlight if only the cast and crew didn't have to work with such a minimalist budget! Most of the conceptual ideas are really great and well- elaborated, but the cheap looking set pieces and the pitiable special effects have an immensely restraining impact on the overall plausibility and entertainment value. In case you serve an ambitious plot that is dealing with time-traveling and largely takes place in a futuristic dystopia, you can't afford to use paper made spaceships or drawings of the metropolis and you most certainly cannot speak of horribly deformed mutants the entire time without properly showing their faces! So, in an attempt to cover up for the budgetary weakness, Edgar G. Ulmer does what every experienced veteran director would do: replace the action sequences with endless intellectual speeches and complicated time warp theories as much as you can! In 1960, Major William Ellison has the honor and privilege to test-fly a brand new and hi-tech type of army fighter plane. The speed of the aircraft is even a little too successful, as Ellison breaks through the time barrier and ends up in the year 2024. It takes quite a while before our Major properly realizes that he fast- forwarded 64 years into the future, and the technical details are explained to him by three other scientists that went through the same experience. By the way, I didn't understand one iota about those time-traveling theories, but I also figure that incomprehensible speeches are a mandatory aspect of 50s Sci-Fi… Ellison immediately gets confronted with the terrible state of our planet and civilization in the year 2024. Apparently an all- devastating kind of cosmic plague made the entire world population sterile (the last child was born more 20 years ago) and gradually transforms the remaining survivors into mutants. There's also good news, however, as the last fertile woman on earth is a beautiful princess and she has chosen him to re-populate the planet! She – Trirene – is a deaf-mute with telekinetic powers and she can read Ellison's thoughts, which results in at least one (unintentionally?) hilarious sequence: "I know you can read my mind…. Although right now I probably wished you couldn't" and then he gets slapped in the face! Admittedly "Beyond the Time Barrier" principally got made to cash in on the tremendous success of H.G. Wells' "The Time Machine" and also borrows many elements from Fritz Lang's "Metropolis", but it's an engaging and occasionally suspenseful tale. I even like to think that some nifty ideas from this film were copied years later in massive Hollywood productions (for example the sterility in "Children of Men"), although I'm probably mistaken.

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