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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Amy
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Lt. Mitchell
Kent Williams ...
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Andonia Katsaros ...
Mrs. Turner
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Shirley
James Garrett ...
Edwards
Keith McConnell ...
Harding
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Richardson
Byron Webster ...
McKay
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Geraldine Baron ...
Carol
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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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The cab driver says to Wells, "What's Up, Doc? (1972)" This was the name of a famous comedy, which also took place in San Francisco. See more »

Goofs

When H.G. Wells returns to the basement to find time machine gone, he turns on the light, which comes on instantly, but basement lights up gradually. See more »

Quotes

[Explaining his fascination with a plastic table]
H.G. Wells: I've never seen wood like this before.
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Timely and Credible
11 December 2004 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

Looking like a nerdy Richard Thomas, Malcolm McDowell plays H.G. Wells in this highly imaginative sci-fi thriller, that has Wells fast forwarded from 1893 to 1979, in a quest to find Jack the Ripper. The film's screenplay, direction, cinematography, editing, and costumes are all top notch. And Mary Steenburgen gives a fine performance in a support role.

"Time After Time" has an ever so slight comic book, tongue in cheek, feel to the plot, suggestive of Batman and Robin. Yet, right behind this entertaining, if somewhat superficial, facade is a serious message that is both timely and credible: no matter how much society advances in its technology, our world will always have two things ... violence and love.


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