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Time After Time -- H.G. Wells pursues Jack the Ripper through 19th-century London to modern-day San Francisco when the serial murderer uses the future writer's time machine to escape his time period.


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31 August 1979 (USA) See more »
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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 »
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  (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 Waldon ... Woman (as Regina V. Waldron)
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)

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  (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)
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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112 min
Color (Metrocolor)
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Did You Know?

This is the second of two Jack the Ripper related films released in 1979. The first was Murder by Decree (1979).See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Amy and H.G. Wells are at the revolving restaurant, the Bay Bridge is always behind H.G. Wells.See more »
[H.G. Wells tracks down Jack the Ripper in the future]
Jack the Ripper:You are, quite literally, the last person on Earth that I expected to see.
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18 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Cracking Sci-fi/thriller., 23 August 2004

I came across this film as I was browsing through some videos that I hadn't looked at in years. It did stick in my mind as being pretty good and on viewing it this time around I can say that my initial impressions were correct. McDowell is very believable as Wells, as is David Warner in his role. I found Mary Steenburgen slightly weak as Amy Robbins and at times she seems almost disinterested and just going through the motions. I think someone like Brook Adams or Karen Allen would have been much more suited to this role, but the rest of the plot and cast are so good this is incidental.

Someone mentioned this didn't do very well at the box office, which surprises me as science based fiction was all the rage at the time this film was released (1979). I can only imagine it was dwarfed by sci-fi giants such as Star Trek and Star Wars who were releasing films around this time, and it was subsequently overlooked.

The plot is fairly seamless as the brilliant but naive Wells creates his time machine only for it to be misused by the equally brilliant, but evil, Stephenson. Everything about it is well thought out, with the exception that why does he (Wells) get himself into such a panic about Stephenson's presence in late 20th century San Francisco, when Wells has the machine (and the key to it)to go back before Stephenson left and prevent him going in the first place! I don't pretend to be an expert on timelines(and alternative timelines)but if time is fluid (as is thought) and flows backward and forward, then by going back and preventing something from happening will obviously alter or stop it's progression into the future, no! But of course that would have undermined the films whole premise.

It's also quaint and naive to hear Wells speak of a socialist utopia, without realising that the socialist society, as with any other form of Government, can just as easily become corrupted and distorted from it's original ideal so it produces a monster like Stalin. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. In fact, Wells visited Russia after the Bolshevik revolution and met with it's then leaders (Lenin and Trotsky). I'm not sure how he felt about the revolution, but he did die a disillusioned man having lived through the 1st and 2nd World Wars.

All in all though this is a very good sci-fi adventure,and it is thoroughly recommended.

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