The Time Machine

Corrected entry: After Emma is hit by the carriage, the next scene shows David consoling Alexander. Yet Alexander, we soon learn, is the Alexander who came from the future to save Emma, not the one who would have been arriving at the park for her. Presumably, by the time David is consoling him, the present-day Alexander would have left the park and found out about Emma's accident, making for pretty good odds that he would have run into his future self (or at least confused several of his friends) going to see Emma.

Correction: The key words here are "presumably" and "pretty good odds", which make the whole statement speculation. It is impossible to say exactly what present-day Alexander would do, or for how long he would have waited in the park, so he could just as well have been doing something else than what the submitter expects.


Corrected entry: When Alexander is leaving the hologram thingy in Future New York, the hologram says 'live long and prosper' he then walks off to the right...and you can hear a sound effect, exactly like the doors make on Star Trek, as he walks off the holographic glass.

Correction: This isn't really trivia, as the hologram uses the saying, hand gesture, and sound effect to mock Alexander.

Jason Hoffman

Corrected entry: The design of Alexander's house makes no sense. From the front it almost looks like a firehouse. It is obvious his laboratory is a converted horse shed. (If you look closely, you can see the horse stalls in several shots.) However, attached to this is a large glass conservatory. No architect would have placed a conservatory, one of the more impressive spaces in a Victorian house, adjacent to a smelly, fly-infested horse shed. It does not appear to be an addition, since it has impressive columns and an arch that matches the front of the room. Also, the wall of the staircase going upstairs is lined with clocks, but their placement would make them almost impossible to wind unless he had invented a special ladder to access them.

Correction: These are all your opinions and assumptions. You don't KNOW the house used to be a horse shed, you don't KNOW the conservatory wasn't an addition, and you don't KNOW he didn't have a ladder to wind the clocks. No errors here.

Jason Hoffman

Corrected entry: The lighting switches on the walls in Alexander's home are connected using surface mounted pin and post wiring. There are no wires visible running to the light fixtures.

Correction: Alexander is a brilliant inventor. It would be easy (and better looking) for him to run the wires inside the walls.

Jason Hoffman

Corrected entry: The holographic librarian's room in the year 800,000 still has some books on the verge of dissolving, some glass-like panes, etc. How? After a gigantic period of 800,000 years, almost nothing man-made could have possibly survived. Just think of all the earthquakes, nearby meteor hits, rains, radiation bombardment, etc.

Correction: The holographic librarian comes from our future, so who knows what materials have been invented between now and then (obviously new technology is being invented, as the librarian exists). Remember there's technology around today that people thought couldn't possibly exist.

Corrected entry: In 2020 they talk about the first 20-megaton explosion to create the lunar colony. Then we find out that these blasts have knocked the moon off its orbit causing it to break up. However even a single moderately sized crater on the moon would have been created by a blast an order of magnitude greater then this. How could such small blasts knock the moon out of its orbit while countless meteor impacts have had no effect?

Correction: For the moon to be knocked out of orbit, an object the same size and density would have to strike the moon and at relatively the same speed in the opposite direction. Even if the largest asteroid in our solar system struck the moon (Ceres which is almost 600 miles wide), the moon wouldn't be knocked out of orbit or even destroyed. As to all the comments about mining the moon to reduce its mass, even with unknown future technology, it's a ridiculous assumption. To reduce the mass of the moon by 100th of 1% (0.01%) you would have to remove about 7.35 quadrillion tons, so not trillions. A 1% reduction in mass would require 7.35 sextillion tons removed (not that a 1% reduction in mass would result in the moon being knocked out of orbit), which is over a quintillion tons a day for 7 years straight (1,000 mining facilities each mining out 30 billion tons a second, and currently we don't even mine 16 billion tons on Earth in one year). And a lighter moon would cause the moon to be pulled closer to Earth, not further away. Certainly a movie set in the future can have moon be out of orbit without creating a mistake. But to claim it was from blasting from 20-megaton explosions and mining isn't plausible due to the sheer size of the moon. Remember, the moon is bigger than Pluto.


Correction: All we hear is that the FIRST blast was a 20-megaton explosion, and then later, that the attempts to colonize the moon had knocked it out of orbit. We have NO idea what went on between the year 2030 and 2037, and to say that the moon's orbit was disrupted by 20-megaton blasts is an assumption, nothing more.


Its impossible. A bomb 10,000 times the strength wouldn't do a damn thing to the moon. Not even hundreds of them.


Correction: The mention of "blasting" was associated with lunar mining. Presumably, much of the mined lunar material was being freighted away from the Moon (perhaps and probably back to Earth, but also to other destinations), thereby depleting the Moon's mass over time. We know today that the Moon is gradually moving away from the Earth already under its current mass. Removing the Moon's mass gradually would affect its gravitational relationship to the Earth, eventually leading to the Moon's breakup due to gravitational tidal forces. The "blasting" would have only been the beginning of the calamity.

Charles Austin Miller

Sounds ridiculous. Got any idea how much mass they would need to remove from the moon before it would actually affect its orbit? trillions of tons. You need such a big operation of constant removal of huge amounts of material from the moon, for centuries. Not likely. Also, the craters on the moon are caused by meteorites that slammed into it with the power of hundreds if not thousands of megatons of TNT, for billions of years.


Why ridiculous? You have no idea how much material was removed, nor do you have any idea what a future civilization is capable of removing.

Charles Austin Miller

They would have to be removing trillions of tons of material from the moon for decades. In 7 years you can't remove enough mass from the moon to affect its orbit causing it to break up, not unless you have Superman doing the work.


Again, you have no idea of a future civilization's mining capabilities.

Charles Austin Miller

Corrected entry: When Alexander goes to the year 802,701, the level of water had dropped about 30 metres. As that the climate seems to be tropical, the polar ice would have melted down and the water level would be higher than what it is in today's New York.

Dr Wilson

Correction: Being that the Moon was destroyed hundreds of thousands of years prior to that time, that could have had a major effect on the planet. In addition to the fact that tides would pretty much disappear, there is also a theory saying that without the Moon, the Earth's tilt can gradually be altered over time which would change the position of the poles. Also, 800,000 years worth of continental drift might have moved the former New York further from the poles than where is now.


Corrected entry: Just before Alexander climbs into the machine for the first time we see a clear shot of the seat with nothing obscuring it from our side whatsoever. He then climbs in, puts the control lever in, and then releases a brake lever on his right that *should* have been visible in the previous shot.

Correction: If you pay close attention, the brake lever is there when he goes to sit in the machine.

Corrected entry: The Time Machine is steam powered. They make this very obvious with Alexander thumping the steam gauge when he first starts it up and during the fight with the Morlock at the end. However, there is no source of fuel for a boiler on the machine. By traveling in a steam time machine without carrying fuel, he would face the prospect of landing somewhere where there was nothing to burn to get himself back (for example when he found himself in an ice age toward the end of the film). Granted he originally built the machine only to travel backwards four years and where fuel would be available, but not having at least a coal scuttle on the machine seems shortsighted.

Correction: Character mistake. It is possible to forget things like this, especially when, as the submitter says, he was not planning to go anyplace where fuel would be in scarce supply.


Corrected entry: When Alexander is preparing to board the Time Machine for the first time and go back to save Emma, he selects the pocketwatch she gave him. He is shown setting the hands, closing the case, and placing it in his pocket. However, the watch is obviously not wound. The seconds hand is not moving in the closeup and the watch is not making any sound.

Correction: Character mistake. He had been quite excited recently, nearing the completion of his project and going back in time to see his girlfriend again, so he had simply forgotten to wind the watch.


Corrected entry: Alexander kills the Morlock leader by hanging him outside the time machine and going forward in time. Shouldn't the Morlock then reappear when Alexander comes back from that future time to save the girl from the cage? He had already proven that events reverse when he travelled back in time to try to save Emma.


Correction: Simple. The Morlock leader fell off the Time Machine somewhere between the thousands AD and the millions AD. So, when the Machine travelled back to the thousands AD, his lifeless body would not have been carried back, and would therefore not come back to life as a result of the time reversal.

Corrected entry: The light bulbs in Alexander's laboratory are frosted. Frosted bulbs were not invented until later. The bulbs should be clear with the filaments visible for that period.

Correction: A man who invents a time machine without claiming credit, publishing his design or registering a patent, for a time machine, can also similarly have other unknown, uncelebrated inventions. It is plausible to think that such a man can have invented a frosted light bulb for his own personal use, before they were invented and mass produced by another person.

Corrected entry: In the scene in which Alexander meets the Eloi people for the first time, he is barefoot since he had just gotten dressed after waking up from a coma or something. In the next scene, Alexander is talking to Marla in her home at night, and he is wearing his boots. When did he put them on?

Correction: This one's easy. There was scene change. Thats when he did it.

Corrected entry: When we first see the time machine, it's hidden behind drapery. After the drapery is pulled back we see the glass atrium all around the machine. If he really wanted to keep it hidden, why place it where it's surrounded by clear glass?

Correction: The large atrium was presumably the only place in the house that had the room for the time machine to be built.

Corrected entry: When Alexander travels into the future everything around him is moving at a fast pace but it is always daytime. Wouldn't the sunlight be flashing on and off really fast?

Correction: Yes and it does. A rapidly flashing light source (faster than about 10 flashes per second) appears as a continuous source due to persistence of vision. Incidentally, this is the very effect that makes motion pictures possible at all!

Oscar Bravo

Corrected entry: When the time traveller goes back into the past and alters the way in which his girlfriend dies, wouldn't the him from that time still go ahead and devise time travel, and therefore go back to save her. Only this time, when he saves her from being hit he should run into himself.

Correction: The Uber-Morlock said to Alex that he built his time machine because of his fiance's death and that if he had succeeded in saving her life, his time machine would never have been invented; therefore he couldn't use it to go back and save her.

Corrected entry: The librarian said that an Eloi escaped the moorlocks, and that they talked for years. Why didn't this Eloi go home? I mean, it shouldn't have been hard to find it, even after a few weeks.

Correction: Maybe he didn't want to? This is not an error. Just your opinion of what you would do if it was you.

Corrected entry: After Alexander knocks the Moorlock leader out of his time machine and he is just hanging in space, he only blinks once. If he was hanging in space until he died of hunger, wouldn't he blink more than once, or maybe sleep?

Correction: No one knows how a time machine works. Maybe he just aged and died in the seconds he hung when the creature dies in the blast of the time machine exploding.

Corrected entry: The Eloi retain knowledge of English by reading engraved text in stone. Yet their pronunciation is perfect and they know words (i.e. "ghost") which are unlikely to be found in stone tablets.

Correction: They had the fotonic librarian, too. And the language didn't die when the moon crashed. It just evolved.

Corrected entry: The time machine is built in Alexander's workshop and doesn't move from that precise spot until the very end of the movie, and the machine itself is not mobile. When Alexander goes to the past, he no doubt appears in his workshop, which exists in that time period and is inhabited by his past self. It seems a little odd he is able to appear in the workshop, leave, take his past self's place, then return back to the workshop and leave for the future completely unseen by his past self or the housekeeper. If he appeared in the past before his past self got back from teaching, he would have left the time machine in plain view in the work shop, where his past self would arrive to find it. He couldn't have appeared after his past self and Mr Filby left, because he was early meeting Emma, and his past self was late.

Correction: It may have been possible for the future Alexander to beat his past version to the park even if he left later because the past Alexander seemed extremely easily distracted. He may have stopped more times than just the one time shown.

Factual error: When Philby and Alexander are talking about Albert Einstein, Alexander mentions that Einstein is a patent clerk. The beginning of this movie takes place in the year 1899. Einstein was still in school and didn't become a patent clerk until 1902.

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Uber-Morlock: You built your time machine because of Emma's death. If she had lived, it would never have existed. So how could you use your machine to go back to save her?

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Trivia: At the end of the movie, when Mrs. Watchitt is standing in the doorway, there is a picture of H.G. Wells hanging on the wall behind her.

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