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The Time Machine (1960)

Original film based on H.G. Wells novel

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The Time Machine is a gripping science-fiction tale,

  • May 15, 2009
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Everyone has his/hers favorite movie, but The Time Machine has to rank way up there on many people's list. Based on H.G. Wells eerily dark vision of the future, George Pal's Time Machine is science fiction at it's best. Inventor George Wells (Rod Taylor) has invited his friends over for dinner at his house. His friends are impatient, as George is late for his own dinner. George soon manages to show up, but his clothes are torn, and his body bruised. His friends sit him down, and George tells the story of what has happened to him. George reminds his friends of the meeting they had five days earlier, in which George demonstrated to them a prototype contraption he had built, which could travel in time. His friends didn't believe George, and when they left, George tested out the full version, sending himself years into the future. Throughout his time travel, George unfortunately became entangled with World War I, II and III (a nuclear war in 1966) and ultimately stopped his machine upon reaching the year 802,701. He found an apocalyptic world of two species, the Eloi and the Morlocks. The Eloi are a childlike race whose pursuits are totally devoted to pleasure. They question nothing, and take life for granted. In contrast, the Morlocks, are brutal mutant monsters forced underground, who operate clanking machinery, and serve to fatten the Eloi like cattle in order to feed on them. This set-up horrified George, who had fallen for an Eloi named Weena (Yvette Mimieux). He embarked upon a mission to spark revolution. Unfortunately, George's time machine had been stolen by the Morlocks and locked within a huge sphinx-like structure. George continues telling the story to his friends, and at this point it's unclear if his mission has been successful. Today, it's hard to believe that George Pal's Time Machine won only one Academy Award (Best Special Effects - Gene Warren, Tim Baar) The Time Machine is a concise and thrilling piece of science-fiction, and George Pal turned the tremendous cinematic qualities of H.G.Wells' novel into a timeless blockbuster.

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May 20, 2009
Good comment. Remakes, for the most part, are always flops.
February 21, 2010
I'm going to presume that you've seen TIME AFTER TIME in which H.G. Wells chases Jack the Ripper around San Francisco in the 1970s. Now there's a great time travel moive. I also like one that I reviewed here called TIMEQUEST about the JFK assassination.
 
May 19, 2009
Completely agree! George Pal and Ray Harryhausen got me into an eternal love for scifi and mythology. Three thumbies.
 
May 18, 2009
For all of its advanced technology and CGI the remake of this flopped. The original still has a lot of charm, doesn't it? My favorite H.G. Well'sish flick is TIME AFTER TIME in which Wells chases Jack the Ripper into the 20th century in his time machine.
 
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Director: George Pal
Genre: Sci-Fi, Fantasy
Release Date: 1960
MPAA Rating: G
Screen Writer: H.G. Wells
DVD Release Date: October 3, 2000
Runtime: 103 minutes
Studio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
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