Time After Time

Time After Time

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Director: Nicholas Meyer

Cast: Malcolm McDowell, David Warner, Mary Steenburgen

     
 

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It's H.G. Wells (Malcolm McDowell) versus Jack the Ripper (David Warner) in the fanciful Time After Time -- and, per the film's title, the chase extends from the 19th century to the 20th. Wells has built a time machine in his cellar, which the Ripper uses as a means of escape. Both men find themselves in 20th century San Francisco, and, after a period ofSee more details below

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It's H.G. Wells (Malcolm McDowell) versus Jack the Ripper (David Warner) in the fanciful Time After Time -- and, per the film's title, the chase extends from the 19th century to the 20th. Wells has built a time machine in his cellar, which the Ripper uses as a means of escape. Both men find themselves in 20th century San Francisco, and, after a period of adjustment, they make themselves at home. The plot takes a dark turn when the Ripper, disappointed that Wells' dreams of a Utopian future have not come to fruition, resumes his murderous activities.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Nicholas Meyer's directorial debut, Time After Time, manages to mix H.G. Wells, Jack the Ripper, time travel, and women's liberation. It also happens to be wonderfully entertaining. Malcolm McDowell invests Wells with a foppish intelligence that anyone who is unfamiliar with his work apart from A Clockwork Orange may be surprised by. If the film had been made 20 years later it would not be difficult to imagine Hugh Grant in the role. By skillfully establishing his character in the opening 20 minutes, the audience can easily accept how quickly Wells acclimates himself to the modern world. Sure, the fish-out-of-water jokes are there, and they are funny, but they are not the heart of the picture. That most certainly is Mary Steenburgen's bank teller, Amy Robbins. Wells falls for her because she espouses a post-hippie feminist belief system that is right in line with his utopian writings. That the film's tension doesn't dissipate as their love blossoms displays the skill of the actors and the tightness of the screenplay. Containing much of the same charm as Meyer's screenplay for The Seven-Percent Solution (which combined Sherlock Homes and Sigmund Freud with skill, humor, and tension), Time After Time is a good thriller and an engaging love story told with solid, old-fashioned storytelling technique.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/13/1993
UPC:
0085392201730
Original Release:
1979
Rating:
PG
Source:
Warner Home Video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Malcolm McDowell Herbert G. Wells
David Warner Jack the Ripper
Mary Steenburgen Amy Robbins
Charles Cioffi Lt. Mitchell
Patti D'Arbanville Shirley
Antonia Katsaros Mrs. Tumer
Corey Feldman Boy at Museum
Geraldine Baron Carol
Boyd "Red" Morgan Booking Cop
Kent Williams Assistant
Jimmy Garrett Edwards
Leo Lewis Richardson
Keith McConnell Harding
Byron Webster McKay
Laurie Main Inspector Gregson
Joseph Maher Adams
Michael Evans Sergeant
Ray Reinhardt Jeweler
Bob Shaw Bank Officer
Stu Klitsher Clergyman
Larry Blake Guard
Nick Shields Diner
Gene Hartline Cab Driver
Clement St. George Bobby
Antonie Becker Nurse
Hilda Haynes 2nd Nurse
Jim Haynie 1st Cop
Wayne Storm 2nd Cop
Lou Felder Man
John C. Colton 3rd Cop
James Cranna Man
Bill Bradley Pawnbroker
Clete Roberts Newscaster
Rita Conde Maid
Shelley Hack Docent
Dan Leegant Man on Street
Anthony Gordon Man

Technical Credits
Nicholas Meyer Director,Screenwriter
Karl Alexander Original Story
Jim Blount Special Effects
Donn Cambern Editor
Edward C. Carfagno Production Designer
Everett Creach Stunts
Michael Daves Asst. Director
Larry Duran Stunts
Larry Fuentes Special Effects
Steve Hayes Original Story
Herb Jaffe Producer
Steven Charles Jaffe Producer
Jerry Jost Sound/Sound Designer
Barbara Krieger Set Decoration/Design
Yvonne Kubis Costumes/Costume Designer
Paul Lohmann Cinematographer
Lynn Reynolds Makeup
Miklós Rózsa Score Composer

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