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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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Imagine! A scientific genius named H.G. Wells stalks a criminal genius named Jack the Ripper across time itself, in the most ingenious thriller of our time... See more »


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In the theatrical release, when Wells and Amy are out to dinner he says the food is "far superior to that Scottish place I breakfasted." She asks what place and he says McDonald's, referring to an earlier scene. The producers didn't have permission to used the name McDonald's in home video releases, so the DVD deletes the breakfast scene and he says he ate at McDougall's. See more »

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Before John Leslie Stevenson (Jack the Ripper) asks H.G. Wells for the return key for the time machine and attacks him, he locks the door to the Hotel room. A maid knocks on the door and then opens it saying, "Room service." The door should have still been locked. See more »

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[John demonstrates to H.G. that 1979 isn't a social utopia]
Jack the Ripper: The future isn't what you thought. It's what I am!
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Always A Fun Ride
4 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This has always been an interesting movie to watch because of the unique storyline: two famous characters in history traveling ahead in time and the opposing each other in the modern world.

Time travel stories appeal to me, anyway, so it's no surprise I found it fascinating. Regardless, there is such a good combination of drama, suspense, comedy, action and romance that it would appeal to most anyone.

Malcolm McDowell is particularly good as H.G. Wells and David Warner is chilling as Jack The Ripper. Mary Steenburgen, even though she is a big '70s liberal-feminist, is still appealing to me, probably because of her face and voice.

This is just a fun movie to watch and I've enjoyed viewing this about every four or five years now for 20 years. there are no dull spots in this movie.


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