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Running Against Time (1990)

TV Movie  -   -  Sci-Fi  -  21 November 1990 (USA)
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History professor David Rhodes never has got over the death of his older brother, 1966 in Vietnam. When he hears the rumor that a famous professor is working on a time machine, he ... See full summary »

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David Rhodes
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Laura Whittaker
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Hendryk Koopman, Ph.D.
Wayne Tippit ...
FBI Agent Landry
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Mark Phelan
Paul Scherrer ...
Chris Rhodes
Brian Smiar ...
Milt Tarver ...
FBI Agent Clemens
Russ Marin ...
Doctor w / Chris
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Mrs. Rhodes
Duncan Gamble ...
Mr. Rhodes
Damion Stevens ...
Young David
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History professor David Rhodes never has got over the death of his older brother, 1966 in Vietnam. When he hears the rumor that a famous professor is working on a time machine, he immediately contacts him and persuades him to allow him to travel back in time and correct history. If he could save President Kennedy's life, Vietnam war might never have happened! Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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They're on an Adventure to Change History, If They Don't Make It - They're History!

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21 November 1990 (USA)  »

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One of two films that revolves around the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and in which Wayne Tippit plays an FBI agent, the other film being JFK (1991). See more »

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Uber-confusing Time-Travel movie, complete with Time-Paradoxes.
17 July 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Time travel. Man's greatest wish seems to be to go back and change the past.

Is time a straight-line, or a circle? Is it relative? Does changing the past create different, parallel universes?

For this TV movie, I took the view that most movies gave which is to assume time is a straight line. Unfortuently it makes the movie a lot more confusing and hard to follow.

This TV movie is much like the 'The Butterfly Effect'. Our hero wants to go back into time and stop the war in vietnam so that his brother can live. To this end, he believes stopping the JFK assassination will stop the vietnam war ever being conducted (as well as concluding the cold war 30 years early!).

But as ever, if you change the past something will happen to make things worse for the future. For some reason, Lyndon Johnson decides to nuke Vietnam as well as send in more troops. Heck, why don't you just use the fabled 'neutron bomb' whilst your at it.

Anyhow, everything cocks up and the time-travellers are left wondering if they can ever change the past. Our hero goes to a local hospital where he finds his younger brother and tells him to stay out of Vietnam.

But if he went in the past to prevent his brother going to vietnam, this means the hero would have no recollection of his brother ever going and dying in vietnam - thus he would have no reason to go back in time.

This is one of many time-paraodoxes that can hurt your head if you try to think about it.

What happens at the end? Well, lets just say time, it appears, has a concious.

Overall: 5/10.


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