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Time After Time (1979)

H.G. Wells pursues Jack the Ripper to the 20th Century when the serial murderer uses the future writer's time machine to escape his time period.



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It's 1893 London. Futurist H.G. Wells believes that the future holds a Utopian society. He also believes in time travel. He has just built a time machine which he is displaying to a group of skeptical friends, including surgeon Dr. John Leslie Stevenson. Unbeknown to Wells or anyone else among that circle, Stevenson is better known to the public as Jack the Ripper. Just as the police are about to capture Stevenson, he uses the time machine to escape, with Wells being the only one who knows what happened to him. Not telling anyone except his trusting housekeeper, Wells follows Stevenson in order to capture and bring him back to face justice. Where Stevenson has gone is 1979 San Francisco. There, Wells is dismayed to find that the future is not Utopia as he had predicted. But Wells is also picked up by a young woman named Amy Robbins. As Wells and Amy search for Stevenson, Stevenson conversely is after Wells to obtain the master key to the time machine. As Stevenson continues his ... Written by Huggo

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H.G. Wells races through time to catch Jack the Ripper! See more »


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31 August 1979 (USA)  »

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Flucht in die Zukunft  »

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Wells goes forward in time to November 5th, 1979. The same "time travel arrival date" was used in Timerider: The Adventure of Lyle Swann (November 5th, 1877) and Back to the Future (November 5th, 1955). See more »


H.G. Wells travels from 1893, when he is explaining his machine he says, "12 years ago a French Engineer harnessed the power of the sun to run a printing press." This would have been 1881, but in fact Monsieur Abel Pifre demonstrated his solar powered printing press on August 6th 1882. See more »


H.G. Wells: We could easily avoid this whole thing.
Amy Robbins: You mean, give him the key?
H.G. Wells: No. I mean... come back with me.
Amy Robbins: Back?
H.G. WellsAmy Robbins: Yes. Back to 1893.
Amy Robbins: I'm a twentieth century woman. I have a career and a mind of my own. Be reasonable. How am I gonna make it in 1893?
H.G. Wells: Is your career so important? It's your life we're talking about!
Amy Robbins: My work is my life. As much as yours or any other man's. Please don't start sounding like my husband. Wait a minute... What about forward?
H.G. Wells: Forward? You mean the future. Yes, of course!
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A Fascinating Time Trip
17 July 2004 | by (San Francisco, California) – See all my reviews

"Time After Time" is an interesting movie. It has the legendary H.G. Wells chasing Jack the Ripper through time, from London in 1893 to San Francisco in 1979. Wells is played by Malcolm McDowell, as a young idealistic visionary and scientific genius, who looks upon the future as Utopia. (How many movies can you remember where McDowell was the good guy?) Jack the Ripper is played by David Warner, who exudes something cold and frightening as the infamous killer. While the future hardly turns out to be Wells' imagined Utopia, Jack embraces the prevalent violence of the 20th century. In "From Hell," Jack the Ripper said he had invented the 20th century. "Time After Time" gives that statement a kind of significance. The movie may not offer much to the many theories surrounding the Jack the Ripper mystery, but it's still enjoyable.

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