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Former Nazi Klaus Abard survives to the 1990s by taking anti-aging pills. He plans to use a time travel trip to return to Germany in 1944 and present Hitler with a hydrogen bomb, so that he can win the war. Unfortunately the pilot, woman-chasing Karel Bures, dies on the morning of the trip and his earnest twin brother Jan impersonates him, without knowing about the plot. The plot goes wrong when they lose the bomb and land near Hitler's bunker in 1941, at a time that the Nazis sense victory. Bures, with two of the plotters, escape capture by the Nazis and make it back to the time machine. Bures programs the machine to return one day before they left, because he figures he can then save his brother and foil the plot. Written by
I remember watching this film screened on BBC2 late one evening in 1981 or was it 1980? I know the BBC still have rights to screen it, so if we're lucky we could press them into screening it on BBC4.
It's a great film, with an even better take on the whole Sci-Fi 'time travel' genre. Back To The Future, Time Cop and all other time travel flicks pale into insignificance when compared to this offering... I'm sure Speilberg has seen this.
I'm no Sci-Fi nut but when you consider this film was made in 1977 the screenplay must've been knocking around for a fair while before that, it's a great tribute to good writing. But what am I saying? I was all of 13 years-old when me and my brothers Robbie and Alan stayed up late to watch this on our old Indersit B/W telly. I only just remember it, but I know good movies and good tales when I see/hear them... and I've never forgotten this one.
There's a Ray Bradbury story called 'A Sound Of Thunder' which looks at the consequences of time travel and messing and altering time lines... hey I could go on forever about this.
I'd pay money to this film again - with or without subtitles, on video or DVD. But if anyone wants to help me badger the controller of BBC4 into screening it or releasing it on vid ( I'm not sure that they can) let's do it before some studio exec finds it and re-makes it and spoils the memory like always.
Arrrggghhhh! I want to see this film again.
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