Time After Time

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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, ...
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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.
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/13/1993
  • UPC: 085392201730
  • Original Release: 1979
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Format: VHS

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Witty and Lovely Time Traveling Film

    Time After Time is one of the great, underrated films of the 1970s. The plot sounds ridiculous-H.G. Wells builds a time machine that is stolen by Jack the Ripper, and Wells must pursue him to 1970s San Francisco-but if you look more closely at the film, one can see the cleverness and creativity involved in its creation. Malcolm McDowell is excellent as H.G. Wells, and those who only know him as Caligula and Alex would be well served by checking out the gentle, elegant way in which he plays the character. David Warner brings an appropriate sense of menace to his portrayal of Jack the Ripper, and Mary Steenburgen is lovely and quirky as McDowell's love interest. The film reminds one of an old hollywood classic, with its sense of wonder at the idea of time travel intact. In short, I would reccomend this film to anyone who was looking for a lovely, witty, suspense film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Pure Delight!

    Except for a bit of choppy editing at the climax, the is a perfectly wonderful movie. Sci-fi, romance, comedy, pathos. This film has it all. This was also the first time I'd seen Mary Steenburgen and instantly fell in love. (She did a second time travel a few years later in 'Back to the Future III') She and Malcom make a cute couple and Warner is believable as The Ripper. Of course it's ridiculous, but suspend belief and enjoy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Who's the Kook?

    I've never heard of Hal Erikson or the All Movie Guide, but to describe Steenburgen's character in Time After Time as ''kooky'' is to describe DeNiro's character in Taxi Driver as ''lovable''. Ignore all reviews bar this one and just get the movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    very enjoyable romantic/drama/sci-fi

    One of my all time favorite time travel movies. Funny, romantic, and yet still very exciting. H.G. Wells vs. Jack the Ripper? One of the few movies that McDowell plays a likeable character. He's usually reduced to a comic foe, but in this movie, he plays a charming romantic/heroic lead. You won't find alot of special effect/car chases, but for an older movie, it does the job quite well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fun, Interesting and Sweet

    I agree -- I've never heard of this ''official'' reviewer and he doesn't have a clue. Rather than being disappointed, Jack the Ripper is DELIGHTED that Utopia has not come to pass -- there is a great confrontation between him and Wells where he describes 20th century society as ''catching up to me''. It is a wonderful movie -- McDowell, Warner and Steenburgen are all great in their roles and you will stand up and cheer at the end -- it even explains why the West End murders stopped so suddenly. A definite movie to buy and watch again and again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Wonderful Movie

    I Loved This Movie And Would Recommend It To All, Very Enjoyable.

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