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 »


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The miniature version of the Time Machine was kept by producer-director George Pal. It was lost when Pal's home was destroyed by fire. See more »

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When George discovers the discarded Eloi skeletons in the underground Morlock warren, he disgustedly refers to the Morlocks as "cannibals." This term is inappropriate, as humans had long since been split by evolution into two different species. The Morlocks were raising the Eloi as cattle, for food. See more »

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[last lines]
Mrs. Watchett: Mister Filby, do you think he'll ever return?
Filby: One cannot choose but wonder. You see, he has all the time in the world.
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Referenced in The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019) See more »

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I love this movie.
28 September 2002 | by Douglas_HolmesSee all my reviews

This movie is truly a gem. There are problems with it when compared to H.G. Wells's original story, but many of the additions and changes actually are improvements, in my opinion. If there is one thing I WOULDN'T have changed, it was the part where the Time Traveler finally figures it all out: the Eloi are merely fatted cattle and the Morlocks are their "cowboys." In the book it comes through that the Eloi are not particularly good and the Morlocks aren't really evil- both groups are merely evolutionary products. Of course, theater audiences in 1960 wouldn't have accepted this.

Back to the film: the story is touching and I liked the sets and model-work. I have the DVD and I have watched it multiple times. And THAT is an endorsement.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 August 1960 (Canada) 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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Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,902
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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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