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The Time Machine (1960)

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


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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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

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,689,800
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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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

Michael Hiltner saw a notice on a bulletin board at his college that extras were wanted for a film, and was cast as an uncredited Eloi man. An avid bicyclist, he was a member of the US Olympic Cycling teams in 1960 and 1964, was a pioneer in mountain biking and changed his name to Victor Vincente of America. See more »

Goofs

When demonstrating the miniature time machine, George takes a cigar with a pointed tip from the doctor and places it into the model. In the close-up when the miniature is about to disappear, the cigar has a blunt tip. See more »

Quotes

George: When I speak of time, I'm speaking of the fourth dimension.
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User Reviews

 
The special effects are still remarkable after more than 40 years!
7 June 2001 | by llltdesqSee all my reviews

This is a very well-done adaptation of the H. G. Wells novella, with an Oscar for the special effects that are still impressive more than 40 years later. Good performances by an ensemble cast and a good script also help. One interesting side note: character actor Whit Bissell was in both the 1960 version here and the version done for television in 1978, playing essentially the same part with two different character names! Recommended.


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