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As Time Goes by (1988)

A surfer who stops in for a bite to eat at a 1940s-type diner eventually realizes that it is not a diner at all - it is a spaceship disguised as one, and the "owners" of the diner are aliens.

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Barry Peak
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Bruno Lawrence ... Ryder
Nique Needles ... Mike
Ray Barrett ... J.L. Weston
Marcelle Schmitz Marcelle Schmitz ... Connie Stanton
Mitchell Faircloth Mitchell Faircloth ... James McCauley
Max Gillies ... Joe Bogart - The Alien
Deborah Force Deborah Force ... Cheryl
Christine Keogh Christine Keogh ... Margie
Don Bridges ... Ern
Ian Shrives Ian Shrives ... Greaser
Jane Clifton Jane Clifton ... Mechanic
Mitch Harrison Mitch Harrison ... Crim
Fred Peter Fred Peter ... Boneman
John Barrett John Barrett ... Sandhill Bob
Rex Greeney Rex Greeney ... Town Drunk
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A surfer who stops in for a bite to eat at a 1940s-type diner eventually realizes that it is not a diner at all - it is a spaceship disguised as one, and the "owners" of the diner are aliens.

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A forgotten classic in the low-budget S.F. genre
27 January 2000 | by happywheelsSee all my reviews

"As Time Goes By" is an interesting, memorable film that I think any fan of Science Fiction would enjoy. I saw it in the late '80s at the Mill Valley Film Festival and I made a point to remember the name, because I suspected that this film might not get the publicity it deserved, and would become hard to find.

Aside from the S.F. elements, I would classify this as a mystery/drama with comedic touches. It's a low budget film and the director knows it, using this to keep the tone light and also to focus the audience on the characters and their story.

I especially like the way the filmmaker plays with the time travel element, showing me a trick or two I have never seen before. The alien is weird, wise and funny and even though I have read my fair share of S.F. I haven't encountered another one like him. Sure, the film isn't perfect, but it was easy to ignore the flaws because I like the spirit and intelligence of the people who made it.

I hope this gets released on DVD so I can buy it. "As Time Goes By" stands on my list as one of the top ten films of 1988. That's right, I'm not kidding! Top ten.


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Australia

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8 September 1988 (Australia) See more »

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Alien a todo Ritmo See more »

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