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The Time Machine (1960)

Escape from the present.

Overall B+

In the adaptation of H.G. Wells' famous novel, an eccentric inventor explores the future in his time machine. A cannibalistic society and some very brief fighting scenes are the only content concerns for this fun yet thought provoking science fiction classic.

Release date August 1, 1960

Violence B-
Sexual Content A-
Profanity A-
Substance Use B

Why is The Time Machine (1960) rated G? The MPAA rated The Time Machine (1960) G

Run Time: 103 minutes

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The Time Machine (1960)
Rating & Content Info

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Why is The Time Machine (1960) rated G? The Time Machine (1960) is rated G by the MPAA

Overall B+

In the adaptation of H.G. Wells’ famous novel, an eccentric inventor explores the future in his time machine. A cannibalistic society and some very brief fighting scenes are the only content concerns for this fun yet thought provoking science fiction classic.

Violence: B-

The sixties-style violence is quite tame: sometimes the music (and our description) sounds scarier than the action. Very brief scenes of the effects of war, such as bombs exploding and buildings blowing up. Character nearly drowns. Skeletons are shown. Brief scenes implying injury or death of characters from mild hand-to-hand fighting, falling off a ledge, slamming into rock wall, and one catching on fire. Blood shown only once (dripping from mouth of dying character). Time-lapse photography of decaying corpse.

Sexual Content: A-

A mannequin is dressed and undressed multiple times. Character kisses another’s cheek.

Language: A-

At least: 1 mild profanity, 2 terms of Deity used as expletives.

Drugs/Alcohol: B

Cigars and drinks served at social occasions.

Miscellaneous Concerns:

Implied cannibalism.

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The Time Machine (1960)
Canadian Movie Rating Info
Province Rating Rating Descriptor
British Columbia Not Rated
Alberta Not Rated
Manitoba Not Rated
Ontario Not Rated
Quebec Not Rated
Martimes Not Rated
Canadian Home Video PG

News About "The Time Machine (1960)"

Cast and Crew

The Time Machine (1960) is directed by George Pal and stars Rod Taylor, Alan Young, Yvette Mimieux.

Home Video

The most recent home video release of The Time Machine (1960) movie is July 8, 2014. Here are some details…

Home Video Notes: The Time Machine

Release Date: 8 July 2014

The Time Machine releases to home video (Blu-ray) with the following special features:

- Original theatrical trailer

- Behind the scenes documentary Time Machine: The Journey Back, hosted by Rod Taylor and featuring Alan Young and Whit Bissell

The Time Machine: The Journey Back, narrated by Rod Taylor, provides glimpses into the making of the film and its special effects. It also traces the less than illustrious journey of the Time Machine—the prop that was used in the movie—and its return to grace. But the highlight of the documentary is a dramatized scene featuring Alan Young (Filby) and Rod Taylor (George), where the two friends meet again, thirty years after George’s disappearance with the time machine. It provides some answers (and more questions) about what has happened in the lives of the characters since we saw them last. Fans of the film will likely enjoy this reunion as much as the actors did.


DVD Release Information:
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • Theatrical release date: August 1960
  • DVD release date: October 3, 2000
  • Runtime: 103 minutes
  • Production company: Warner Bros.
  • Package type: Snap case
  • Aspect ratio: Widescreen letterbox - 1.66:1
  • DVD encoding: Region 1
  • Available audio tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Available subtitles: English, French.
DVD Extras:
  • The Time Machine: The Journey Back - Documentary hosted by Rod Taylor, featuring co-stars Alan Young and Whit Bissell.

Related home video titles:

The concept of time travel is explored in Kate And Leopold, while the changes wrought by time are the major theme of Blast From The Past and Planet Of The Apes. If you have ever wondered what you’d miss most if you were to leave your regular life behind, see Cast Away. There is also a 2002 remake of The Time Machine.