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  "The Time Machine" (1960)    
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
How well do you remember the first movie based on the H.G. Wells book, "The Time Machine"? Has too much 'time' passed? It was released in 1960, but has since been seen on television, video, and now DVD. Pull the lever, and good luck!
Difficult, 20 Qns, west18john, Jul 18 03
1109 plays
  The Time Machine (2002)    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Small quiz about Simon Wells' version of this classic sci-fi novel.
Average, 10 Qns, EddieDrums, Apr 16 12
188 plays
  "The Time Machine" Movie Quiz    
Multiple Choice
 25 Qns
I noticed that no one made a quiz about the movie, "The Time Machine", so I decided to make the first! It's all multiple choice so it should be pretty easy! Anyways, hope you enjoy it!
Average, 25 Qns, sweetthang75, Apr 06 12
1026 plays
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Who scored the music for this movie?

From Quiz "The Time Machine (2002)"

The Time Machine Trivia Questions

1. Who scored the music for this movie?

From Quiz
The Time Machine (2002)

Answer: Klaus Badelt

Klaus Badelt, born 1967, is a German composer. Among his other notable works are the soundtracks to the movies "K-19: The Widowmaker" and "The Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl". The list of composing credits amassed by John Williams is virtually endless, but his best known works are the scores to "Star Wars", "Superman", and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind". There was life after the new wave band Oingo Boingo split up, as proven by former member Danny Elfman's ability to not only compose catchy TV theme music but movie scores such as "Batman" and "Darkman". Following a 12 year stint as Yes' guitarist, South African-born Trevor Rabin found a home in Hollywood as a movie soundtrack composer.

2. Who is the author of the book, "The Time Machine"?

From Quiz "The Time Machine" Movie Quiz

Answer: H. G. Wells

H. G. Wells wrote the book which inspired the movie. Melville wrote "Moby Dick", R. L. Stine wrote the "Goosebumps" books and there is no H. E. Wells!

3. Who directed "The Time Machine"?

From Quiz "The Time Machine" (1960)

Answer: George Pal

George Pal was not only a director, but also a producer, writer, and cinematographer. He first received acclaim for his "Puppetoons," but soon became the force behind some of the most successful fantasy films of the 1950s. In 1953, he produced another film based on an H.G. Wells novel, "The War of the Worlds."

4. When the movie starts, what city is the setting for the first part, before Alexander Hartdegen travels into the future?

From Quiz The Time Machine (2002)

Answer: New York City

Alexander Hartdegen is shown to be a young professor, teaching physics at Columbia University in uptown Manhattan.

5. Whose production was it?

From Quiz "The Time Machine" Movie Quiz

Answer: Parkes/MacDonald

In the beginning of the movie, it say a Parkes/MacDonald Production.

6. Who is credited for writing the screenplay adaptation for "The Time Machine"?

From Quiz "The Time Machine" (1960)

Answer: David Duncan

David Duncan also was part of the team of writers that conceived the 1966 movie, "Fantastic Voyage." The other choices listed for this question were the other writers who are credited for contributing to "Fantastic Voyage."

7. When Alexander arrives in the year 2030, what does the electronic billboard across the street read?

From Quiz The Time Machine (2002)

Answer: The Future Is Now

The year 2030 is his first stop before proceeding on into the future after realizing he couldn't save his fiancee, Emma. He sees the billboard and hears a recording talk about the first detonations for the planned colonization of underground living on the moon.

8. Who directed the movie?

From Quiz "The Time Machine" Movie Quiz

Answer: Simon Wells

Simon Wells directed this one and the rest of the choices are fictional.

9. What was the first spoken line in this movie?

From Quiz "The Time Machine" (1960)

Answer: "Excuse me, Mr. Filby!"

The first line was from an unidentified man on a bicycle, who almost hit David Filby as he crossed the street in front of George's house.

10. Which actor plays the main character?

From Quiz "The Time Machine" Movie Quiz

Answer: Guy Pearce

Guy Pearce plays Alex, the main character in this movie.

11. Although it is not titled as such at the beginning, what is later established as the calendar date during the very first scene of the movie when George makes his first appearence?

From Quiz "The Time Machine" (1960)

Answer: January 5, 1900

We know it is January 5, 1900, for that is when George made the appointment on his calendar for the group to meet for dinner. The story begins when he comes back from the future on January 5th, then he starts to tell the story of what happened five days earlier, beginning on December 31, 1899 - that's the evening he made the appointment, and we watch him do it. Make sense? Alright, let's start again. The movie opens on January 5, 1900, when George comes back from the future. He then tells the story of what happened on December 31, 1899, beginning with the last time they all met, he revealed his time machine, and he started his first journey. So the whole movie is a flashback narrated by George ending once again on January 5th.

12. What is one of the areas of inquiry Alexander does NOT ask the library's public information unit about?

From Quiz The Time Machine (2002)

Answer: Unified Field Theory

After Alexander finds out that the public library information unit is a compendium of all human knowledge, he puts it to the test by asking it what it know about different areas of science, physics and engineering - all areas concerning the field of time travel. Although unified field theory, a term coined by Albert Einstein, is a branch of physics dealing with relativity and electromagnetism, it is not one of the areas Alexander queries the unit on.

13. What is the main character's full name?

From Quiz "The Time Machine" Movie Quiz

Answer: Alexander Hartdegen

In the beginning, we see his full name on the door to his office and on it. It reads Alexander Hartdegen.

14. What was the first thing George says in the film, when he suddenly appears at the dining room door?

From Quiz "The Time Machine" (1960)

Answer: "I'm all right. Some food, a drink."

George is played by Rod Taylor, who went on in 1963 to star in the Alfred Hitchcock film "The Birds" as Mitch Brenner.

15. What is Alex's occupation?

From Quiz "The Time Machine" Movie Quiz

Answer: Professor

We also see on his office door under his name that he is an associate professor, but he does also invent items in his spare time.

16. Who played Dr. Phillip Hillyer?

From Quiz "The Time Machine" (1960)

Answer: Sebastian Cabot

Sebastian Cabot went on to greater fame playing Giles French, the butler on "Family Affair," and the voice of the narrator of Walt Disney's "Winnie the Pooh." Whit Bissell who played Walter Kemp, had other brushes with time travel on television, first, in 1966, he was a regular on Irwin Allen's "The Time Tunnel." Then he appeared on an updated TV version of "The Time Machine" in 1978. Tom Helmore, who played Anthony Bridewell, was Gavin Elster in Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo" a few years prior to this.

17. After Alexander arrives in the year 802,701 and is nursed back to health by Mara, how does she explain him to the other villagers?

From Quiz The Time Machine (2002)

Answer: He's a "wandering idiot".

The villagers were contemplating throwing him into the river, possibly thinking that this stranger might be an enemy. After telling Mara the truth that he came from the past in a machine, she thought it best to provide another explanation to her people, telling them that "he hit his head and he's a wandering idiot".

18. Where is his occupation located?

From Quiz "The Time Machine" Movie Quiz

Answer: Columbia University

David, his best friend, said an associate professor at Columbia University shouldn't associate with Einstein.

19. What did the six year old girl ask the public library information unit about 800,000 years ago?

From Quiz The Time Machine (2002)

Answer: Dinosaurs

After Mara is captured by the Morlocks, Alexander and Mara's little brother, Kalen, find out that the Vox unit, with its photonic memory core, is still functioning after 800,000 years. It says to Alexander, "Can you even imagine what it's like to remember everything?" Then adds, "I remember this six year old girl who asked me about dinosaurs 800,000 years ago," and finally, "And yes, I even remember you.... time travel, practical application."

20. What is the name of Alex's best friend?

From Quiz "The Time Machine" Movie Quiz

Answer: David

David was a professor at Columbia University as well.

21. In the first scene showing the full-scale time machine, and before George sits down in it, there is a 'blooper' or visual gaffe that wasn't intended. What happened?

From Quiz "The Time Machine" (1960)

Answer: Rod somehow cut his left index finger, and he smears blood on the time machine.

On the DVD it can be seen clearly. Rod Taylor was bleeding all over the time machine when he lovingly caresses it, just before he unscrews the lever. You might say he gave it a proper christening, without hitting it with a bottle.

22. The Morlock leader tells Alexander that he controls the Morlocks' thoughts, and that without him, what would be exhausted in a few months?

From Quiz The Time Machine (2002)

Answer: The food supply

After going underground in his attempt to find Mara, he discovers that the Morlocks are cannibals, capturing the Eloi for food. Then Alexander meets the Morlock leader (brilliantly played by Jeremy Irons) who to his surprise, can not only speak English, but is imbued with telepathic and telekinetic abilities. The Morlocks' ancestors were once humans who had to live underground after the moon broke apart, and even they evolved into different castes, such as the type confronted by Alexander. When the Morlock leader refers to the Eloi as food, and Alexander questions him, he (the Morlock leader) becomes enraged, asking who is he to question 800,000 years of evolution.

23. What item did Alex complain that everyone wore?

From Quiz "The Time Machine" Movie Quiz

Answer: bowler hats

While walking home, Alex was telling David that he did not want his students to be the same as everyone else and wear identical bowler hats.

24. After Alexander defeats the Morlock leader, where did he travel to first?

From Quiz The Time Machine (2002)

Answer: Further into the future

When Alexander and the Morlock leader start fighting, he pushes the lever forward, into the future, as a way of distancing him both from Mara and as a way of getting rid of him. After the Morlock leader is pushed out of the machine and its sphere of influence, where he is seen to age rapidly and disintegrate, the machine stops at the year 635,427,810 and Alexander encounters an Earth depicted as a barren, rocky landscape underneath a darkened sky with clouds of black smoke. This is more in keeping with the original written version. In the book, the time traveler goes forward in time about 30 million years, showing a similar kind of fate for the Earth.

25. What famous inventor was mentioned?

From Quiz "The Time Machine" Movie Quiz

Answer: Einstein

Alex was assisting Einstein with his inventions.

26. At the moment when George starts his journey into the future for the first time, what time was it on his pocket watch?

From Quiz "The Time Machine" (1960)

Answer: 6:31 PM

George, in his voice-over narration, mentions that it was 6:31 when he started, and 8:09 on the clock in his laboratory when he first stops.

27. What color was Emma's outfit?

From Quiz "The Time Machine" Movie Quiz

Answer: red

She was wearing a red outfit the night she died.

28. When George stops and gets out of the time machine for the first time, what is the last date showing on the chronometer?

From Quiz "The Time Machine" (1960)

Answer: September 13, 1917

George stops, walks across the street, and sees David Filby's son, James, and, at first, mistakes him for David Filby.

29. What kind of birthstone did Alex give Emma as an engagement ring?

From Quiz "The Time Machine" Movie Quiz

Answer: sapphire

She saw it and called it a mood ring but he told her that it was a birthstone ring. He also said he thought she would like it and she told him he thought right.

30. Inscribed on a plate on the time machine is: "Manufactured by _____"

From Quiz "The Time Machine" (1960)

Answer: H. George Wells

Although no one in the film ever refers to Rod Taylor as anything but 'George,' the plate is a tribute to the original author, H.G. Wells. In the original book, H.G. Wells, did not name the character, the narrator just referred to him as 'the time traveller.'

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