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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 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, All Movie Guide

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Sebastian Cabot, Rod Taylor
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Runtime 1 hour 38 minutes
Starring Sebastian Cabot, Rod Taylor, Yvette Mimieux, Alan Young
Director George Pal
Genres Science Fiction
Studio WARNER HOME VIDEO
Rental release Limited availability
Main languages English
Subtitles Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Romanian, German, Dutch, French, Bulgarian, English
Hearing impaired subtitles Italian, English

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Sheryl Jackman on 19 Sept. 2006
Format: DVD
George Pal made many science fiction movies during his career, but this, I think, is one of his best. Filmed in sumptuous Metrocolor, the movie tells the story of George Wells, an inventor who creates a wonderful time machine. Disillusioned with the violence of his time, he sets off into the future, only to discover that mankind's struggle for knowledge and progress is doomed to end after a devastating third world war. Finally, in the year 802701 he saves a beautiful girl, Weena, from drowning and is introduced to the Eloi, a race of peaceful, almost childlike, innocents. But then his time machine is stolen by the Morlocks, and he discovers that the Eloi's idyllic existance isn't all that it seems to be .....

The Time Machine is a veritable feast for the eyes. The Victorian era scenes are filmed with an unerring eye for detail, and the film won an Oscar for its time lapse photography depicting the time machine's forward travel. But it's with the future scenes that the movie really comes into its own, with vibrant colour and simple yet extremely effective sets. It's true that the acting is a little stilted in places, but I think this just adds to the movie's charm, and I've always thought that Rod Taylor made a very creditable and handsome hero!

But, for me, the star of the movie always has been, and always shall be, the time machine itself. Introduced with virtually no build up or fanfare whatsoever, the time machine is, in my opinion, one of the finest props ever produced in movie history.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dario on 18 Jun. 2002
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The 1960's version of george Pal's, 'The Time Machine' remains a classic. The script follows the original H.G Wells novel, but departs from it in one major respect. The time traveller (in true Hollywood fashion) reunites with his beloved Weena, and she is not killed off as she is in the Well's story. There are also some other additions to the film script. Such as passing through world war one, and world war two, and then stopping off in the 1960's with a prediction of world war three. These things, taken together with the talking rings in the year 802701, brought the Well's story into the Twentieth Century. Whereas the latest 2002 rendering of the Time Machine, looses the plot completely, and gets tangled up; and relies on some stunning visual animation and computer graphics to keep you in your seat.
The 1960's time travel sequences are still amazing. Keep your eye on the surrounding laboratory sets, and watch everything changing with meticulous care and detail.
The film is nostalgic and has a wonderful cast. It features Rod Taylor as 'George' the time traveller, who plays the part with great verve, sensitivity and humanity. His leading lady, Yvette Mimieux, plays an unforgettable Weena, a loving and niave girl in the distant future. The film is timeless and thoroughly enjoyable. It is full of action and excitement. I have seen it many times, and it never fails to thrill me. Even the stirring music score by Russel Garcia is magical. Some of the Time Machine sound effects have been integrated into the consciousness of modern day science fiction sound aficionados.
The Time Machine is unquestionably one of the great science fiction films of the 1960's, and stands together with classics such as,'The Forbidden Planet', 'This Island Earth' and 'The Day The Earth Stood Still'. If your into science fiction and H.G Wells, then this one is definitely worth having in your DVD collection.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME on 3 Jan. 2006
Format: DVD
George Pal directed this classic from 1960, starring Rod Taylor as the scientist who travels back through time (George, although we are meant to understand that this is a character-cipher for H.G. Wells), and Yvette Mimieux in a very early role (interestingly, she became an anthropologist, the study of which has a concern in the overall plot development and socio-political points Wells was trying to drive home with his novel).
The plot follows Wells' late Victorian novel fairly well. Scientist George invents a time machine, and after making the proclamation to several of his nay-saying friends, including a test with a miniature time machine, takes off on a few journeys. The early journeys are just to test, and we see a few fascinating effects here. But the greater story lies in George's hope for the future, so he sets himself to go nearly a million years in to the future - the year 802701.
Trivia buffs will recognise the date on the machine as October 12, the same date Columbus discovered the new world. George embarks into this new world, finding the human race has evolved into a split species - the above-ground Eloi, and the below-ground Morlochs. The Eloi are carefree airheads for the most part - that is, until the Morlochs threaten, and then they become the hunted. The Morlochs are presented as base creatures, following only their appetites, and afraid to remain above for too long.
The effects of the time machine itself and the transition scenes are quite good for the time - I recall as a child watching this film on television and being mesmerised by the passage of time, the scenery changes through George's window as the time streamed by, and the contrast between the Victorian household set and the future world.
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