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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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You Will Orbit into the Fantastic Future! See more »


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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, 31 December 1960

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,689,800, 31 December 1960
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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

At the time he appeared in this film, Alan Young was well-known to American audiences for playing the hapless owner of a talking horse (who spoke only to its owner) in the popular CBS sitcom Mister Ed, which may explain why Young's hair is dyed red and he's sporting a Scottish accent. See more »

Goofs

When George restarts the machine after looking at the mannequin and saying "Good heavens, that's a dress?", he is traveling slow enough to be able to see the store owner changing the mannequin's clothes, yet the light outside the store is shown flashing on and off several times, indicating that several days are passing. See more »

Quotes

Talking Rings: The war between the east and west which is now in it's three hundred and twenty-sixth year, has at last come to an end. There is nothing left to fight with, and few of us left to fight. The atmosphere has become so polluted with deadly germs, that it can no longer be breathed. There is no place on this planet that is immune. The last surviving factory for the manufacturing of oxygen has been destroyed. Stockpiles are rapidly diminishing. And when they are gone, we must die.
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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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