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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.

Director:

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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0 to 800,000 years in 1.2 seconds. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

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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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Dolby Digital | DTS | SDDS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The creation of the Morlocks were divided between three companies. KNB Effects Group provided and created the makeup effects for Jeremy Irons's Über-Morlock. Stan Winston Studios created the slender Spy Morlocks and the brutish Hunter Morlocks. Industrial Light & Magic created digital versions of the Hunters when they run on all fours and perform heavy action. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the film, which is set in 1899, Alex talks to Filby about his correspondence with patent clerk Albert Einstein. However, Einstein was still in school and did not become a patent clerk until 1902. See more »

Quotes

David Philby: [looking at a futuristic picture] I wonder if we'll ever go too far.
Alexander Hartdegen: With what?
David Philby: [pointing at the picture] With this. With all of this.
Alexander Hartdegen: No such thing.
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References Powers of Ten (1977) See more »

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Written by George Grossmith
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Puh-lease!
11 October 2004 | by eht5ySee all my reviews

Aside from a few good CGI moments, this movie is a total disaster. Guy Pearce continues his tradition of playing smug, arrogant intellectuals tormented by some cliché painful loss. He's had his moments (L.A. Confidential, Memento) but here he's insufferable. The plot's deviations from the original story turn one of the more prophetic science fiction novels of its age into a ludicrous muppet show that resembles 80's-era Sci-Fi clunkers like 'The Beastmaster' and 'Conan the Barbarian.' With the exception of Pearce (a smug jerk, but a pretty good actor), the performances are atrocious. It's a real shame, because the potential was there for a superb sci-fi saga. But make no mistake--this film is total garbage. Don't waste your time.


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