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The Time Machine (2002)

PG-13 | | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 8 March 2002 (USA)
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Hoping to alter the events of the past, a 19th century inventor instead travels 800,000 years into the future, where he finds humankind divided into two warring races.

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Simon Wells

Writers:

H.G. Wells (novel), David Duncan (earlier screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Guy Pearce ... Alexander Hartdegen
Mark Addy ... David Philby
Phyllida Law ... Mrs. Watchit
Sienna Guillory ... Emma
Laura Kirk ... Flower Seller
Josh Stamberg ... Motorist
John W. Momrow John W. Momrow ... Fifth Avenue Carriage Driver
Max Baker ... Robber
Jeffrey M. Meyer Jeffrey M. Meyer ... Central Park Carriage Driver
Jeremy Irons ... Über-Morlock
Alan Young ... Flower Store Worker
Myndy Crist ... Jogger
Connie Ray ... Teacher
Orlando Jones ... Vox
Lennie Loftin ... Soldier #1
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Storyline

Based on the classic sci-fi novel by H.G. Wells, scientist and inventor, Alexander Hartdegen, is determined to prove that time travel is possible. His determination is turned to desperation by a personal tragedy that now drives him to want to change the past. Testing his theories with a time machine of his own invention, Hartdegen is hurtled 800,000 years into the future, where he discovers that mankind has divided into the hunter - and the hunted. Written by Tim1370

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The Future Awaits See more »


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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action violence | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Time Machine See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$22,610,437, 10 March 2002, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$56,684,819, 19 May 2002

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$123,729,176
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Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Acting debut of Samantha Mumba. See more »

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When the Vox says "Live long and prosper," it holds up its hand with the fingers in a "V" and the thumb next to the index finger. The Vulcan sign is properly done with the thumb away from the index finger so the hand makes more of a "W" shape. The salute is actually for the Hebrew letter Shin which has three points, not two. Leonard Nimoy (who is Jewish) saw the sign given during a Hebrew ritual and used it years later when an "exotic" sign was called for in his Star Trek role. See more »

Quotes

Über-Morlock: We all have our time machines, don't we. Those that take us back are memories... And those that carry us forward, are dreams.
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References The Conquest of the Pole (1912) See more »

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Could this movie have sucked more?
30 June 2003 | by hadibenottoSee all my reviews

Ok, first off, Guy Pearce is a wonderful actor. The brilliance he brings to Memento is enough. He can be in a million crappy movies and still be considered great.

Now, whoever "wrote" this piece of crap does NOT deserve such honours. Did you actually READ the book? Can you read at all? What did you do, skim the Cliffs Notes for this book, then glance at the 1960 movie and think : "What a neat idea"?

I don't know what is wrong with Hollywood. H.G. Wells writes a brilliant novel, which is still enjoyed by people over 100 years later. Let me say that again in case you missed it: ONE HUNDRED YEARS! The story is obviously just fine the way it is, otherwise it would've been forgotten long ago. Have you ever heard of market research?

Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe if you apply the Hollywood cookie cutter to everything you see then you'll make more money than if you use, oh I don't know, artistic ability. But then again, why do you think Peter Jackson's the Lord of the Rings movies have done so well? He didn't just put the title on some standard story line. No. He read the book (I'll wager he read it SEVERAL times). Then he set about using his talents to create a brilliant visual interpretation of the printed page. And he made millions. Maybe you can too.


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