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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.

Director:

Nicholas Meyer

Writers:

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

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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 James Garrett ... Edwards
Keith McConnell Keith McConnell ... Harding
Leo Lewis ... Richardson
Byron Webster 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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Taglines:

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


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 September 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Escape al futuro See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Nicholas Meyer's first choice to play the Ripper was Edward Fox. Mick Jagger also considered for the part, but Meyer couldn't see Jagger convincingly playing a Harley Street surgeon. See more »

Goofs

The machine, supposedly solar-powered, never appears to be exposed to sunlight. But a later shot reveals that the time machine is under a skylight in the basement, and it's not implausible that the museum, open only during the daytime, would have a skylight as well. See more »

Quotes

[Jack the Ripper uses the Time Machine to travel to 1979]
H.G. Wells: What... have... I... done? I've turned that bloody maniac loose upon Utopia!
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Timely and Credible
11 December 2004 | by LechuguillaSee all my reviews

Looking like a nerdy Richard Thomas, Malcolm McDowell plays H.G. Wells in this highly imaginative sci-fi thriller, that has Wells fast forwarded from 1893 to 1979, in a quest to find Jack the Ripper. The film's screenplay, direction, cinematography, editing, and costumes are all top notch. And Mary Steenburgen gives a fine performance in a support role.

"Time After Time" has an ever so slight comic book, tongue in cheek, feel to the plot, suggestive of Batman and Robin. Yet, right behind this entertaining, if somewhat superficial, facade is a serious message that is both timely and credible: no matter how much society advances in its technology, our world will always have two things ... violence and love.


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