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Retroactive (1997)

A psychiatrist makes multiple trips through time to save a woman that was murdered by her brutal husband.

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Frank (as James Belushi)
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Karen
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Rayanne
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Brian
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Jesse
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Sam
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Trooper
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Bud
Kristina Coggins ...
Martha
Robbie Thibaut Jr. ...
Paul
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Storyline

Karen has to take a ride in Frank's car. He's travelling with his wife, on his way to sell computer chips, which he obtained illegally. He suspects his wife is being unfaithful and tragic things happen, following a discussion. Karen escapes, reaching a lab where a scientist has discovered how to go back in time, and she returns by accident some minutes before the violent events. Then she tries to make things better, but things tend to become worse, as time cycles keep being repeated. Written by <luis.canau@mail.EUnet.pt>

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On a lonely Texas road, time, space and murder are about to collide.


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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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1 January 1997 (USA)  »

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Az időcsavar  »

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The exterior scenes were filmed over a five-week period in the desert community of Palmdale, California. See more »

Goofs

During the first iteration of Karen reaching the Accelerator Project door she is still wearing her white top tied around her waist. In the security camera footage showing her from above, she is only wearing the black jumpsuit (which is from the second time she comes to the site). The next cut shows her running back to Brian's truck wearing the white top tied around her waist. See more »

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Frank: Women. Can't live with them, can't blow their heads off.
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References The Hitcher (1986) See more »

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TEXAS CUT
(and "I'M PURE PRIME")
Performed by Chris Anderson
Written by Marcus Barone and Kristin Pickett
Courtesy of Marcus Barone Music
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Great concept, fun thriller
9 September 2002 | by (Seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

This movie has a fascinating premise- what if you could go back in time, and change what you've done? Would it make things better, or worse?

Some of Jim Belushi's best acting is in this film- his "stream of consciousness" comments are a riot, and also horrifying, given their context. I've heard that he had just gotten out of a tough divorce, and the director let him ad lib at length, to really show the anger and madness in the character of Frank.

Of course, the lingering camera shots of Kylie Travis flying through the air in her black tank top and tight pants do nothing to detract from the overall watchability of this action/psychodrama thriller.

I'd give this one 8/10.


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