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
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Did You Know?
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
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
[Jack the Ripper uses the Time Machine to travel to 1979
What... have... I... done? I've turned that bloody maniac loose upon Utopia!
Version of Time After Time