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A man's vision for a utopian society is disillusioned when travelling forward into time reveals a dark and dangerous society.

Director:

George Pal

Writers:

David Duncan (screenplay), H.G. Wells (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rod Taylor ... H. George Wells
Alan Young ... David Filby / James Filby
Yvette Mimieux ... Weena
Sebastian Cabot ... Dr. Philip Hillyer
Tom Helmore ... Anthony Bridewell
Whit Bissell ... Walter Kemp
Doris Lloyd ... Mrs. Watchett
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Storyline

On January 5, 1900, a disheveled looking H.G. Wells - George to his friends - arrives late to his own dinner party. He tells his guests of his travels in his time machine, the work about which his friends knew. They were also unbelieving, and skeptical of any practical use if it did indeed work. George knew that his machine was stationary in geographic position, but he did not account for changes in what happens over time to that location. He also learns that the machine is not impervious and he is not immune to those who do not understand him or the machine's purpose. George tells his friends that he did not find the Utopian society he so wished had developed. He mentions specifically a civilization several thousand years into the future which consists of the subterranean morlocks and the surface dwelling eloi, who on first glance lead a carefree life. Despite all these issues, love can still bloom over the spread of millennia. Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

The Time Machine whirls you to a world of amazing adventure in the year 800,000! See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 September 1960 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

H. G. Wells' The Time Machine See more »

Filming Locations:

Culver City, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$3,509,800, 31 December 1960

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,689,800, 31 December 1960
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (video)

Sound Mix:

Mono (35 mm optical prints)| 4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System) (35 mm magnetic prints)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

It has been noted that the long shot of George's street in the 1966 air raid scene is a left and right composite shot, but it is even more complicated than that. The right side of the scene, with Filby's department store, was shot on the Victorian-styled David Copperfield Court, at one end of Lot-2, MGM. The left side of the shot is of the Vinegar Tree House in the middle of Lot-2, MGM. And the top half of the shot is a superimposed matte painting of modern architecture reflecting 1966. See more »

Goofs

During the fight scene with the Morlocks, just after one of the Eloi hits a Morlock over the head and George kicks it against the wall, where it begins to bleed from the mouth, George looks over at his torch and it is almost completely extinguished. However, when he retrieves it seconds later, it is burning brightly again. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Philip Hillyer: The space is space, it doesn't change. The same space that's here now should be here in 100 or even 1000 years!
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It's always the right time for The Time Machine.
9 August 1999 | by yenloSee all my reviews

One of those Sci-Fi films that's made just right to be watched over and over again and never gets old. The special effects were ahead of their time but the film is not bogged down with them and the actors are allowed to ply their trade. Rod Taylor puts in a solid performance as George the time traveler. George Pal did a great job with this picture. A remake would probably be flashier with the FX but would be hard to beat this classic.


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