The Time Machine (1960)
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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
Aug 17, 1960 Wide
Oct 3, 2000
MGM Home Entertainment
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The quaint time machine and Oscar-winning special effects hold one's interest initially, but the overall effect is one of glossy emptiness.
Seen today, The Time Machine remains a reasonably elaborate affair, with impressive production values and fine special effects (even if these are somewhat dated,
This smashing science-fiction adaptation of H.G. Wells's famous novel has more creativity in every frame than most latter-day rip-offs have in their entirety.
Pal's movie is a brightly colored sweetmeat with all the indicting political ideology of a buttered scone.
Somewhat dated, and not quite up to the source material, but still some good retro fun.
A unmistakable product of its time, but lovingly rendered and always respectful of its source.
Still the best.
As an adaptation? Sure, not so good. But as a classic sci-fi flick? Yeah, sure, it's harmless.
Quaint sci-fi that's still engaging without being convincing.
Um clássico que, como seu protagonista, sobreviveu ao tempo.
Pure delight, a sci-fi fantasy you will never forget
The granddaddy of all time travel movies. Grand fun.
If you're a serious SF fan then you'll no doubt enjoy The Time Machine and agree that it is deservedly the classic that it is held out to be.
Anyone who digs those incredibly cheesy and wonderfully campy '50s sci-fi/horror films won't want to miss out on this one.
Probably edgy and thrilling in its day, The Time Machine hasn't aged so well.
...the filmmakers managed to mislay most of Mr. Wells' eloquent language and philosophical questions in favor of a simplified Classics Illustrated approach.
Audience Reviews for The Time Machine
- Talking Rings: My name is of no consequence. The important thing you should know, is that I am the last who remembers how each of us, man and woman made his own decision. Some chose to take refuge in the great caverns, and find a new way of life far below the earth's surface. The rest of us decided to take our chances in the sunlight. Small as those chances might be.
- Talking Rings: The war between the east and west which is now in it's three hundred and twenty-sixth year, has at last come to an end. There is nothing left to fight with, and few of us left to fight. The atmosphere has become so polluted with deadly germs, that it can no longer be breathed. There is no place on this planet that is immune. The last surviving factory for the manufacturing of oxygen has been destroyed. Stockpiles are rapidly diminishing. And when they are gone, we must die.
- George H. G. Wells: What have you done? Thousands of years of building and rebuilding, creating and recreating so you can let it crumble to dust. A million years of sensitive men dying for their dreams... FOR WHAT? So you can swim and dance and play.
- David Filby/James Filby: Take your journey on your contraption. What would you become? A Greek, a Roman, one of the pharaohs?
- David Filby/James Filby: He's got all the time in the world.
- George H. G. Wells: When I speak of time, I'm speaking of the fourth dimension.
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