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The Time Travelers (1964)

Not Rated | | Sci-Fi | 29 October 1964 (USA)
In 1964, a group of scientists create a portal that takes them to a barren, mutant inhabited, Earth in the year 2071.

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... Dr. Erik von Steiner
... Steve Connors
... Carol White
... Varno
... Councilman Willard
... Gadra
Delores Wells ... Reena
... Danny McKee
... Preston
Gloria Leslie ... Councilwoman
Molly Glessing ... Android
Peter Strudwick ... The Mutant
... Raymond
Margaret Seldeen ... Miss Hollister
... Square-frame technician
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In 1964, a team of scientists is trying to develop a view screen into the future. What they in fact get is a portal and they soon find themselves on the other side, 107 years into the future in the year 2071, when the portal collapses. The Earth of the future is barren and they are soon attacked by mutated humans but rescued by a group of scientists who are building a spaceship to take them to a new planet. They learn that much of Earth was destroyed as the result of a nuclear war. When it's determined that the visitors from the past cannot be included in the planned voyage, they work furiously to rebuild the portal and return to their own time before departure day. Meanwhile, always under the threat of attack from the mutants , friendships are formed and they learn of life in the future including the use of robots for menial tasks. Written by garykmcd

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Step Through "The Time Portal" beyond the crack in Space and Time where the fantastic world of the Future will freeze your blood with its weird horrors! See more »

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$250,000 (estimated)
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Forrest J. Ackerman's cameo appearance led him to make numerous cameo appearances, and even do bit parts, for more than 40 years. See more »

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When the four 1960 earthlings return to their lab to find themselves frozen in time, the frozen Steve Franken blinks his left eye. See more »

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Dr. Varno: We have been constantly surveying every possible planetary body in our solar system. Every planet. Every one of their moons. Even some of the smaller asteroids, but... This is the last; Titan, one of Saturn's largest atmosphere-carrying moons.
Dr. Erik von Steiner: Robot surveyors?
Dr. Varno: Yes.
Dr. Erik von Steiner: You don't seem encouraged.
Dr. Varno: The analysis shows a complete negative response. I'd expected it.
Dr. Erik von Steiner: But you still maintain surveillance. Why?
Dr. Varno: Information, Dr. Von Steiner. Knowledge. We feel we can never have enough of that in the new world...
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Highly Entertaining 60's Scifi w/Great Iconic Images
24 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

This title has remained one of my favorite sci-fi films. The excellent F/X of both the suspended-in-air time portal and the collapsing time portal, the early electronic music, the interstellar spaceship in the crater, the raging mutant attacks, the futuristic underground society, and the incredible ending sequence were some of the iconic sci-fi sights and sounds that left an indelible impression on my young mind.

In addition, veteran actor John Hoyt (who appeared in classic Twilight Zone, Outer Limits, and Star Trek episodes), bright Merry Anders, TV sitcom fave Steve Franken, and even a cameo by Forry Ackerman certainly contributed a nice cast to cheer for.

This was a well staged, imaginative, colorful film that should delight any true fan of vintage sci-fi.


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