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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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Lt. Mitchell
Kent Williams ...
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Andonia Katsaros ...
Mrs. Turner
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James Garrett ...
Edwards
Keith McConnell ...
Harding
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Richardson
Byron Webster ...
McKay
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Jenny (as Karin Mary Shea)
Geraldine Baron ...
Carol
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Inspector Gregson
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Adams
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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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The Wildest Chase of the Century! See more »


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28 September 1979 (USA)  »

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Escape al futuro  »

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Both this film and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) were written by Nicholas Meyer. This film features a time traveler from the past who arrives in modern-day San Francisco while Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) features time travelers from the future who arrive in modern-day San Francisco. Both films feature the time travelers experiencing several instances of fish-out-of-water scenarios for comedic effect, as well as selling antique items they have in their possession in order to raise money. In both films a modern-day woman decides to join the time travelers as they return to their own time periods. See more »

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California had a 15 working day waiting period for firearms purchases starting in 1975, so Wells couldn't have just walked away with the gun he'd purchased. See more »

Quotes

[Jack the Ripper uses the Time Machine to travel to 1979]
H.G. Wells: What... have... I... done? I've turned that bloody maniac loose upon Utopia!
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A Fascinating Time Trip
17 July 2004 | by 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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