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Time Chasers (1994)

PG-13 | | Sci-Fi | 17 March 1994 (USA)
An inventor comes up with a time machine, but must prevent its abuse at the hands of an evil C.E.O.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Bruch ... Nick Miller
Bonnie Pritchard ... Lisa Henson
Peter Harrington ... Matthew Paul
... J.K. Robertson
Michael J. Valentine ... Cabbie
Jim Rohn ... Richter
Ted Pendleton ... Gris
Becky Fenton ... Becks
Jack McGinnis ... Mick
... Marty
Peter Beckwith ... Scalper
Ilene Blackman ... Newspaper Editor
Daniel Nelson ... Nicky
Emily Nelson ... Lis
... Nicky's Mom (as Margaret Schenck)
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Nick creates a time machine out of an airplane and a Commodore-64, and shows it to his friends by taking them 50 years into the future. Nick sells the technology to Gen-Corp, a high-tech firm run by J.K. Robertson, whose office is in the mezzanine of a shopping mall. Robertson, however, turns out to be Evil, and uses the time machine to plunder the future. With the lives of himself and his friends at stake, Nick needs to use his time machine to travel a week back in time and convince himself not to give the demo to Robertson. Written by Leo L. Schwab <ewhac@best.com>

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Tangents  »

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$150,000 (estimated)
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Matthew Bruch, was also the film's stunt coordinator. See more »

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When Nick first phones GenCorp, a lighting canopy is visible in the mirror. See more »

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[after Matt has been fired]
Nick: At least they didn't shoot you this time.
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Location Ice Cream Provided By Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc. See more »

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Featured in RiffTrax Live: Time Chasers (2016) See more »

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"The Adventures of the Average People"
12 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

Tangents (better known to MST3K watchers as Time Chasers) is a prime example of pure MST3K fodder. Made on a shoestring budget by a small production company, it's a by-the-numbers example of a small-budget film with big-budget aspirations.

The plot itself is a fairly interesting take on well-treaded territory: the hero, Nick, invents a way to make his ultra-light plane travel through time and sells the idea to a CEO, only to later discover that the CEO is going to use it for, you guessed it, evil.

The excecution of the plot, however, suffers from a number of handicaps. The portrayal of the future (both the utopian and apocalyptic ones) is laughable at best with the former looking like an 80s shopping mall and the latter a bad Warriors knockoff. The main characters are all boringly average (causing Crow to dub the film "The Adventures of the Average People" in the MST3K episode), the only one having anything identifiably unique about them being the main character, Nick, whose only unique traits are "building a time machine" and "not being able to drive a car" (setting the stage for an absolutely ridiculous bicycle chase scene). If anything, the film reminds us that probably the only Vermont export of note is Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream (who, coincidentally, provided ice cream for the filming of this movie).

All in all, Tangents falls in the same general category of MST3Ked films as Overdrawn at the Memory Bank; a small budget film that is ridiculous enough on its own merits to make it a decent watch for lovers of pure cheese (though, as always, I recommend watching the MST3K version instead).


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