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Time After Time (1979)

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.

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Nicholas Meyer

Writers:

Karl Alexander (story), Steve Hayes (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Malcolm McDowell ... H.G. Wells
David Warner ... Stevenson
Mary Steenburgen ... Amy Robbins
Charles Cioffi ... Lt. Mitchell
Kent Williams ... Assistant
Andonia Katsaros Andonia Katsaros ... Mrs. Turner
Patti D'Arbanville ... Shirley
James Garrett ... Edwards
Keith McConnell Keith McConnell ... Harding
Leo Lewis ... Richardson
Byron Webster ... McKay
Karin Collison ... Jenny (as Karin Mary Shea)
Geraldine Baron Geraldine Baron ... Carol
Laurie Main ... Inspector Gregson
Joseph Maher ... Adams
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Storyline

It's 1893 London. Futurist H.G. Wells believes that the future holds a Utopian society. He also believes in time travel. He has just built a time machine which he is displaying to a group of skeptical friends, including surgeon Dr. John Leslie Stevenson. Unbeknown to Wells or anyone else among that circle, Stevenson is better known to the public as Jack the Ripper. Just as the police are about to capture Stevenson, he uses the time machine to escape, with Wells being the only one who knows what happened to him. Not telling anyone except his trusting housekeeper, Wells follows Stevenson in order to capture and bring him back to face justice. Where Stevenson has gone is 1979 San Francisco. There, Wells is dismayed to find that the future is not Utopia as he had predicted. But Wells is also picked up by a young woman named Amy Robbins. As Wells and Amy search for Stevenson, Stevenson conversely is after Wells to obtain the master key to the time machine. As Stevenson continues his ... Written by Huggo

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A chase through time -- to catch Jack the Ripper! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

H.G. Wells says, "I have all those books to write, whatever they are". Mark Twain would say the same thing in Star Trek: The Next Generation: Time's Arrow: Part II (1992). Both take place in San Francisco. See more »

Goofs

When they have a flat tire, Amy asks Herbert if he has a dime so he can call 911. Money has never been required to call 911. See more »

Quotes

Jeweler: [H.G. Wells goes to jeweler's shop to sell jewerly he brought from 1893] Amazing! I haven't seen stones in settings like these since before the war.
H.G. Wells: The war?
Jeweler: Since the second world war, you know.
H.G. Wells: Did you say *world* war?
Jeweler: Since World War 2, I said.
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Highly entertaining movie with a tense story.
2 August 2005 | by Boba_Fett1138See all my reviews

"Time After Time" was one of those movies of which I didn't even knew it existed. It certainly is a movie that deserves more recognition for this movie truly was one of the most entertaining movies I have seen in a while.

The story its concept is already one factor why I liked this movie so much. In the late 19th century The scientist H.G. Wells (Malcolm McDowell) has build a time machine which his good friend John Leslie Stevenson aka Jack the Ripper (David Warner) uses when the police has just discovered his true identity. Ripper travels to the year 1979 and Wells, who feels responsible for his escape to the in his eyes future Utopian society of 1979, follows him to the future, in an attempt to catch him and bring him to justice and prevent him from making more victims in the future. I highly enjoyed this original story and concept and thought that it was perfectly executed by talented director Nicholas Meyer, who made his debut as a director with this movie. After this he made two more well known and widely appreciated Star Trek movies; "Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan" and "Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country" which by the fans are often regarded as the best in the series of Star Trek movies.

The movie has a fantastic and typical '70's atmosphere which I always adore in movies. It's also filled with some typical '70's tense chase sequences, which are brilliantly filmed and edited. The cinematography itself is also at times refreshingly original, especially the perfectly done opening sequence of the movie in which Jack The Ripper makes another victim.

But the movie isn't just tense and original, it also is highly entertaining and it features some good humor. Of course having an 19th century main character who for the first time takes a look in the future 1979 is already good for some laughs. Such as the time were he visits a McDonald's or comes up with the fake alias Sherlock Holmes when he gets in contact with the police. There are countless 'little' fun parts like this in the movie which makes this movie a pleasant and entertaining one to watch as well as a tense nail biting thriller.

Malcolm McDowell is extremely good and convincing as a 19th century gentleman and scientist H.G. Wells. Honestely he plays his best role since "A Clockwork Orange". David Warner is also perfectly cast as Jack The Ripper. He's a perfectly scary and mysterious gentleman. Warner is perhaps well known to everyone for playing Spicer Lovejoy in the 1997 movie "Titanic". The movie also features a at the time still very young Mary Steenburgen in one of her very first movie roles. She also was superb and the talent was already showing. One year later she even already won an Oscar for the movie "Melvin and Howard".

The movie further more features a highly good and underrated musical score by well known Hungarian composer Miklós Rózsa.

This movie is terribly underrated in terms of how well known it is. This movie deserves to be seen by everybody for this movie is an entertaining one as well as a tense thriller, with some excellent performances by the cast and good directing by Nicholas Meyer.

8/10

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