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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.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... H. George Wells
... David Filby / James Filby
... Weena
... Dr. Philip Hillyer
... Anthony Bridewell
... Walter Kemp
... 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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2 September 1960 (West Germany)  »

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H. G. Wells' The Time Machine  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,610,000, 31 December 1960

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,610,000, 31 December 1960
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(35 mm optical prints)| (Westrex Recording System) (35 mm magnetic prints)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When George arrives in the year 802701 his time machine reads the date of October 12th. So George arrives into a "New World" on the anniversary of Columbus' first reaching the "New World" of the Americas. See more »

Goofs

As George approaches the year 802701, just as the wall behind him is completed, the background plate is missing for one frame which shows, instead of the wall, some scene number writing (the words "back frame") and the tip of a thumb. This is not visible at normal speed because the scene is 'flashing' to show the rapid passage of day and night, but on the MGM DVD and laser disc, the frame can be isolated. See more »

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Filby: Which three books would you have taken?
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The special effects are still remarkable after more than 40 years!
7 June 2001 | by See 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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