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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Alexander Hartdegen
... David Philby
... Mrs. Watchit
... Emma
... Flower Seller
... Motorist
John W. Momrow ... Fifth Avenue Carriage Driver
... Robber
Jeffrey M. Meyer ... Central Park Carriage Driver
... Über-Morlock
... Flower Store Worker
... Jogger
... Teacher
... Vox
... Soldier #1
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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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He was searching for the answer to his past. He became a hero for the future. See more »


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

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8 March 2002 (USA)  »

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La máquina del tiempo  »

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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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Originally scheduled for release in December 2001. It was bumped to March 2002 because of a scene involving a meteor shower crippling New York. The filmmakers were concerned the scene would stir memories of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center. See more »

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At the very beginning of the movie, a clock on the wall strikes three o'clock. In the next scene, when Philby reminds Alexander of his date with Emma, Alexander asks what time it is with Philby responding that it's close to five o'clock. See more »

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David Philby: I'm glad he's gone. Maybe he's finally found a place where he can be happy.
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Featured in The Real History of Science Fiction: Time (2014) See more »

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Sweet Rosie O'Grady
Written by Maude Nugent (as Maude Nugent Jerome)
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Interesting Premise
10 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

I thought it was very clever that by moving far into the future it was like moving into the past (this is a new approach in time travel movies).

However, that is really the only thing I liked about the movie. I thought the movie lacked believability, and I didn't really understand the main character's rationale for making certain decisions once he arrived where he was.

Too bad, because I had been looking forward to this movie since I found out it was being made months ago.


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