The Time Machine

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Galaxy Films Inc. / George Pal Productions Released 1960

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Director:
George Pal
Released:
1960
Rating:
G
The Time Machine is the 1960 film version of a science fiction novel by H.G. Wells. In Victorian England, an inventor named H.G. Wells (Rod Taylor), known as George to his friends, reveals to his dinner party that he has created a working time machine. He claims the device allows him to enter the fourth dimension and travel to the future. While in the future he discovers that the human race has divided into two distinct species who are at war with one another. He tells his friends that he rescued a woman named Weena (Yvette Mimieux), a member of the Eloi, and that she told him about her people. The Eloi are, according to his research, significantly less advanced than humans from his own time. Most of the members of his dinner party do not believe his story but Filby (Alan Young) stays behind, telling George that he believes him and to try to convince George that he should not continue traveling through time. George must, in the end, choose between his own reality and Weena.moreless

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  • 91

    Entertainment Weekly

    The meat of Wells' novel is sacrificed in favor of all-out spectacle, but in that respect the movie works marvelously.

  • 90

    IGN

    The Time Machine is an old-fashioned adventure that tries to remain as true to the original text as it could (the ending of the book isn't the same here, along with various other a...

  • 50

    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.

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