The Time Machine (1960)
Front Cover Actor
Bob Barran Eloi Man
Whit Bissell Walter Kemp
Sebastian Cabot Dr. Philip Hillyer
Wah Chang Morlock (uncredited)
Paul Frees Talking Rings (voice) (uncredited)
Paul H. Frees Talking Rings [Voice]
Tom Helmore Anthony Bridewell
Doris Lloyd Mrs. Watchett
Yvette Mimieux Weena
Rod Taylor George, H. G. Wells
Alan Young David Filby/James Filby
Movie Details
Genre Adventure; Sci-Fi
Director George Pal
Producer George Pal
Writer H.G. Wells; David Duncan
Studio MGM
Language English
Audience Rating G (General Audience)
Running Time 103 mins
Country USA
Color Color
IMDb Rating 7.3
Plot
In George Pal's version of the H.G. Wells classic, Rod Taylor stars as George, a young scientist fascinated with the concept of time travel. On December 31, 1899, George seats himself in his jerry-built time machine and thrusts himself forward into 1917. A dyed-in-the-wool pacifist, George is distressed to see that World War I is raging all about him. He moves past the 1920s and 1930s into the 1940s, only to be confronted by another, even more terrible war. Next he stops in 1966, just as London is destroyed in a nuclear explosion. Retreating to his Time Machine, George is sealed in his cellar by molten lava. By the time he and his machine manage to escape their tomb, the year is 802,701. Looking around, George observes a seemingly idyllic world populated by gentle people. But he also notices that the citizens of the future, known as "Elois," behave more like mindless sheep than human beings. Befriending the lovely Weena (Yvette Mimieux), George learns to his dismay that humankind has forgotten all that it has learned through the centuries, preferring instead to frolic endlessly under the sun. Plot holes and inconsistencies abound in The Time Machine, but the film's true selling points was its Oscar-winning special effects; in this respect, producer-director Pal succeeded beyond anyone's wildest dreams. Another plus: the haunting musical score by Russell Garcia. — Hal Erickson
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 287
Collection Status In Collection
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Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
UPC 012569523128
Release Date 10/3/2000
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Dolby