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 ...
H.G. Wells races through time to catch Jack the Ripper!
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Did You Know?
During chase scenes at the hotel, David Warner
is replaced with a stunt double for far shots because he was still on the mend from two broken ankles. In close-up shots, he can be seen running very carefully as not to hurt himself. Also, for scenes where Malcolm McDowell
is running through the columns, he is also replaced with a double because of a sprained ankle. See more
Though it makes good drama, it is unnecessary for H.G. Wells
to chase Jack the Ripper into the future at all, since he could simply travel back a day or two and prevent Jack from leaving in the first place. - There is no evidence in the film that changing history is that easy or indeed possible. Everything that transpires happens in a linear framework. HG travels in time but at no time changes it. Any attempt to do so might have proved paradoxical. See more
My name is H.G. Wells. I came here in a time machine of my own construction. I am pursuing Jack the Ripper, who escaped into the future in my machine.