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Director:
Writers:
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Release Date:
31 August 1979 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
The Wildest Chase of the Century! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
6 wins & 7 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A Fun Twist on H.G. Wells' "The Time Machine" See more (96 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Malcolm McDowell ... H.G. Wells

David Warner ... Stevenson

Mary Steenburgen ... Amy
Charles Cioffi ... Lt. Mitchell
Kent Williams ... Assistant
Andonia Katsaros ... Mrs. Turner

Patti D'Arbanville ... Shirley
James Garrett ... Edwards
Keith McConnell ... Harding

Leo Lewis ... Richardson
Byron Webster ... McKay

Karin de la Penha ... Jenny (as Karin Mary Shea)
Geraldine Baron ... Carol
Laurie Main ... Inspector Gregson

Joseph Maher ... Adams
Michael Evans ... Sergeant
Ray Reinhardt ... Jeweler

Robert Shaw ... Bank Officer (as Bob Shaw)
Stu Klitsner ... Clergyman
Nicholas Shields ... Diner

Gene Hartline ... Cab Driver

Clement von Franckenstein ... Bobby (as Clement St. George)
Shirley Marchant ... Dolores
Larry J. Blake ... Guard
Antonie Becker ... Nurse
Hilda Haynes ... 2nd Nurse
Read Morgan ... Booking Cop

M.C. Gainey ... London Bobby (as Mike Gainey)

Jim Haynie ... 1st Cop
Wayne Storm ... 2nd Cop

John Colton ... 3rd Cop

Corey Feldman ... Boy at Museum
James Cranna ... Man
Earl Nichols ... 4th Cop
Bill Bradley ... Pawnbroker
Clete Roberts ... Newscaster
Rita Conde ... Maid
Gail Hyatt ... Woman Cop

Shelley Hack ... Docent
Dan Leegant ... Man on Street
Regina V. Waldron ... Woman
Liz Roberson ... Woman
Anthony Gordon ... Man
Lou Felder ... Man
Doug Morrisson ... Man
Glenn Carlson ... 5th Cop
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Neil Armstrong ... Himself - Announcing Moon Landing (archive sound) (uncredited)
Judith Burnett ... Ann (uncredited)

Winston Churchill ... Himself - Giving 'Finest Hour' Speech (archive sound) (uncredited)

Jimi Hendrix ... Himself - Performing (archive footage) (uncredited)

John F. Kennedy ... Himself - Giving Inaugural Speech (archive sound) (uncredited)
Douglas MacArthur ... Himself - Announcing 'I Shall Return' (archive sound) (uncredited)
Edward R. Murrow ... Himself (archive sound) (uncredited)

Franklin D. Roosevelt ... Himself - Giving 1933 Inaugural Speech (archive sound) (uncredited)
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Directed by
Nicholas Meyer 
 
Writing credits
Karl Alexander (story) &
Steve Hayes (story)

Nicholas Meyer (screenplay)

Produced by
Herb Jaffe .... producer
Steven-Charles Jaffe .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Miklós Rózsa (music by) (as Miklos Rozsa)
 
Cinematography by
Paul Lohmann (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Donn Cambern (edited by)
 
Casting by
Dianne Crittenden 
 
Production Design by
Edward C. Carfagno 
 
Set Decoration by
Barbara Krieger 
 
Makeup Department
Lynn F. Reynolds .... makeup artist (as Lynn Reynolds)
Dione Taylor .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Austen Jewell .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Daves .... assistant director
Robert J. Doherty .... DGA trainee (as Bob Doherty)
Paul Magwood .... second assistant director
Steven-Charles Jaffe .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Richard Evans .... assistant property master (as Richard K. Evans)
Richard Reseigne .... construction coordinator (as Dick Reseigne)
Bill Wainess .... property master
Richard M. Kristy .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Michael Colgan .... supervising sound editor
Les Fresholtz .... re-recording mixer
Martin Halperin .... audio montage
Jerry Jost .... sound
Joseph Kite .... boom operator (as Joe Kite)
Michael Minkler .... re-recording mixer
Arthur Piantadosi .... re-recording mixer
Colin Waddy .... sound effects editor
Jay Wertz .... sound effects editor
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (uncredited)
Jerry Jacobson .... adr editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Jim Blount .... special effects
Larry L. Fuentes .... special effects (as Larry Fuentes)
Kevin Pike .... special effects: custom props (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Richard Taylor .... optical effects designer (as Richard F. Taylor)
Chad Taylor .... visual effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Everett Creach .... stunt coordinator
Everett Creach .... stunts
Jadie David .... stunts (as Gadie David)
Larry Duran .... stunts
Brad Eide .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ron Frantzvog .... second assistant cameraman
J. Michael Marlett .... gaffer (as Mike Marlett)
Guy Polzel .... key grip (as Guy Polzell)
Glenn K. Shimada .... first assistant cameraman (as Glenn Shimada)
Peter Sorel .... stills
Timothy E. Wade .... camera operator (as Tim Wade)
Jonathan West .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sal Anthony .... costumer: men
Yvonne Kubis .... costumer: women
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Laurey Condon .... assistant film editor
William J. Meshover .... assistant film editor
Steve Mirkovich .... assistant film editor (as Steven Mirkovich)
Steve Johnson .... colorist (uncredited)
Bruce Pearson .... color timer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Donald Harris .... music editor
Larry Bunker .... musician: percussion (uncredited)
Danny Gould .... composer: dance music (uncredited)
Milton Kestenbaum .... musician: bass (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Richard Nash .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Christopher Palmer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Miklós Rózsa .... conductor (uncredited)
Dan Wallin .... score mixer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Tim Hill .... transportation captain
 
Other crew
Lea Andrews .... production secretary
John Bush .... location liaison
Oga Danylo .... producer's secretary
Sonny King .... electronic animation: Image West, Ltd.
Russ Maehl .... electronic animation: Image West, Ltd.
Kathy Orloff .... unit publicist (as Katherine Orloff)
Kathy Thomas .... script supervisor (as Kathy Thomas Swor)
Dominic Santarone .... caterer (uncredited)
Ruth Santarone .... caterer (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
112 min
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Color (Metrocolor)
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Trivia:
All three of the children of the real H.G. Wells were still alive at the time of this film's release.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When H.G. Wells is reading about the fourth killing, the newspaper changes from being folded to unfolded and back again between shots.See more »
Quotes:
H.G. Wells:My name is H.G. Wells. I came here in a time machine of my own construction. I am pursuing Jack the Ripper, who escaped into the future in my machine.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Vertigo (1958)See more »

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15 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
A Fun Twist on H.G. Wells' "The Time Machine", 29 October 2001
Author: Dave Hogan from Los Angeles, Ca

Often overlooked, "Time After Time" is probably one of the best time travel movies (if there is such a genre) ever made. The time travel effects are cheesy and mercifully few, but the film puts story and character way above visual effects, making for a good trade off.

Malcolm McDowell is H.G. Wells who, in this movie, actually invents a time machine rather than just writing about one. "The Time Machine" is told in flashback as "the time traveler" emerges from his time machine and recounts his adventures to a gathering of friends at his home. "Time After Time" borrows that scene from the book, having Wells announce that he has built the time machine and will embark on an adventure to the future utopia as soon as he works up the nerve. The proceedings are interupted by police at the door conducting a search in the wake of a new attack by Jack the Ripper. As it turns out, one of Wells' guests, Dr. John Leslie Stevenson (played by David Warner), is the Ripper. While the police comb through the house looking for him, Stevenson makes his way to the basement. There, he enters Wells' time machine and escapes to the future.

Feeling responsible for having turned the maniacal Jack the Ripper loose on the future utopia, Wells enters the machine (which returns to it's point of origin unless a special key is used) and follows Stevenson 90 years into the future. The time travel sequence consists of cheesy optical effects accompanied by a clever audio montage that depicts most of the 20th century. Wells emerges from the machine shocked to find himself in San Francisco, California in the year 1979. The time machine, as well as most of his possesions, are on display in a San Francisco museum.

While searching for Jack the Ripper he meets Amy Robbins (Mary Steenburgen), a foreign currency exchange officer at a bank. She reveals that she exchanged very old pounds for dollars with another Englishman, wearing similarly antiquated clothing. This leads Wells to find Jack the RIpper, now decked out in 70s threads, well integrated into modern society...and continuing his fiendish deeds.

From there, the movie engages the audience in Wells' and Robbins' pursuit of the Ripper through the streets of San Francisco with an entertaining mix of close-calls, sly humor, and the inevitable romance between Wells and Robbins.

Malcolm McDowell plays the part of H.G. Wells with his usual intensity and skill, and comes off as very believable. Mary Steenburgen is well cast as the feminine but strongly independent bank employee, and is adorably frail but surprisingly tough. As for David Warner....well, villians don't get much better than Warner. A fine actor, Warner plays Stevenson/Jack the RIpper as a cool, sophisticated psychopath - exactly, in my humble opinion, as Jack the Ripper should be played.

"Time After Time" makes good use of artistic license to integrate fact with fiction. Scotland Yard has always suspect that Jack the Ripper might have been a surgeon, as he is in this film. Also amusing is the fact that in real life, H.G. Wells did marry an Amy Robbins who was an outspoken feminist. All in all, 'Time After Time" is a well written and acted romantic adventure, and remains one of my favorite time travel movies.

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