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The Time Machine

G Released Aug 17, 1960 1h 43m Sci-Fi List
76% Tomatometer 38 Reviews 80% Audience Score 10,000+ Ratings
Scientist H. George Wells (Rod Taylor) builds a time machine, and despite the warning from his friend David (Alan Young) against "tempting the laws of providence," decides to visit the future. Jumping ahead 14 years, he observes changes in women's fashion. Jumping ahead 40, he meets David's son (also Young) amid a terrible war. Finally, he travels thousands of years ahead to discover a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by humanoid Eloi and the monstrous Morlocks that feed on them. Read More Read Less
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Its campy flourishes tend to subdue its dramatic stakes, but The Time Machine brings H.G. Wells' story to life with plenty of sci-fi charm and a colorful sense of visual design.

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Dave Kehr Chicago Reader Parts of it are colorful and imaginative, but the film flattens out toward the end. Jun 5, 2007 Full Review Geoff Andrew Time Out The quaint time machine and Oscar-winning special effects hold one's interest initially, but the overall effect is one of glossy emptiness. Feb 9, 2006 Full Review Bosley Crowther New York Times The drama, for all its invention, is creaky and a bit pass. Rated: 2.5/5 May 9, 2005 Full Review Kevin Carr Fat Guys at the Movies It has the epic feel that you need, and it hasn't quite gotten to the goofiness of the 60s yet... It's authentic, and I think it strives to be like the book. Rated: 4/4 Jun 26, 2021 Full Review Mike Massie Gone With The Twins An unforgettable, breathtaking adventure and a staple of the science-fiction genre. Rated: 9/10 Aug 27, 2020 Full Review Clyde Gilmour Maclean's Magazine His new opus is a disappointment by comparison, with ingenious trick photography but an awfully silly story... Nov 7, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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Merman h For me this film is for its time.. perfect Rated 5 out of 5 stars 05/26/24 Full Review Richard H Great movie! It is a thinking man's sci-fi movie. Yes it's over 60 yrs old , but is very entertaining and well acted with a thought provoking story. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 09/27/23 Full Review DaMrNuggz Insanely great movie it feels longer then it is but thats a good thing about this movie a great plot and story and quiet original Rated 5 out of 5 stars 07/31/23 Full Review Al s Suspenseful movie. I have watched the movie many times Rated 5 out of 5 stars 07/08/23 Full Review Alec B The 1960 version of The Time Machine follows it source material closely and adds a few interesting insights into what the early 20th century actually had in store for the traveler (and what people expected would come from the cold war). However, the removal of social commentary on the class system and the typical 1960s infantilization of women on screen will leave something of a sour taste in the mouths of today's viewers. While Rod Taylor proves himself a decent narrator, Yvette Mimieux was limited to poor character development and the role of the "helpless women" stereotype. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 05/14/23 Full Review Bruce H George Pal's classic vision of H.G. Wells's novel is given a loving, nostalgic charm with its wonderful Victorian sets and the warm devotion of friendship in this science-fiction adventure! Rod Taylor turns in a memorable role as the scientist whose ingenious invention catapults him into the far future to witness the fate of mankind on Earth. Lovely Yvette Mimieux stars in her first major role as one of the race of people known as Eloi. Alan Young is the close friend of the scientist, along with veteran co-stars, Sebastian Cabot, Whit Bissell and Thomas Helmore. Doris Lloyd plays the housekeeper, Mrs. Watchitt. But, the real star of this wonderful film is the magnificent Time Machine itself! A fantastic design from William Ferrari , the magical wonder looks as though it could actually transport its occupant into the span of millenia yet unseen! A must-see adventure for the ages! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/12/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Scientist H. George Wells (Rod Taylor) builds a time machine, and despite the warning from his friend David (Alan Young) against "tempting the laws of providence," decides to visit the future. Jumping ahead 14 years, he observes changes in women's fashion. Jumping ahead 40, he meets David's son (also Young) amid a terrible war. Finally, he travels thousands of years ahead to discover a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by humanoid Eloi and the monstrous Morlocks that feed on them.
Director
George Pal
Producer
George Pal
Screenwriter
H.G. Wells, David Duncan
Distributor
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Warner Home Vídeo, Vídeo Arte
Production Co
Metro Goldwyn Mayer, Galaxy Films, Loew's Inc.
Rating
G
Genre
Sci-Fi
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Aug 17, 1960, Wide
Release Date (Streaming)
Jan 1, 2008
Runtime
1h 43m
Sound Mix
Stereo
Aspect Ratio
Flat (1.37:1)
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