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Timecop (1994)

Jean-Claude Van Damme , Mia Sara , Peter Hyams  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Mia Sara, Ron Silver, Gloria Reuben
  • Directors: Peter Hyams
  • Writers: Mark Verheiden
  • Producers: Moshe Diamant, Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: January 20, 1998
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0783225520
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,648 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Timecop" on IMDb

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    Pay no attention to the fact that Timecop is an insult to intelligent science fiction, and that it gradually succumbs to an acute case of the sillies. It is a Jean-Claude Van Damme movie, after all, so check your brain at the door and enjoy this action flick set in the year 2004. Van Damme plays an officer in the Time Enforcement Police, assigned to prevent criminals from traveling to the past with the intent of altering the future. Ron Silver plays the evil politician who plots to retrieve a stockpile of gold from the Civil War to finance his latest campaign. The film is clever to a point, and entertaining if you can ignore the dumb jokes and inconsistencies. Best of all, it's an above-average vehicle for Van Damme (relatively speaking), who gets to kick some villainous butt and share a few scenes with Mia Sara, who plays the Timecop's wife. As Van Damme fans can tell you, this is one of the action star's better movies. --Jeff Shannon

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    In the year 2004, time travel is not only a reality, but an opportunity to alter the past for power and profit. Jean-Claude Van Damme stars in the sci-fi thriller that mixes hard-hitting action with awesome special effects, romance and murder. Ron Silver co-stars as Van Damme's cunning adversary in what People Magazine touts "Clever and original, Timecop is a thinking man's movie."

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    18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable despite inconsistencies (but full-screen?) December 31, 2003
    Apart from the _Terminator_ series, there haven't been all that many SF time-travel action thrillers. There have been time-travel _movies_, but they're generally not action flicks. (_Somewhere in Time_, for example, is primarily a romance, and the brilliant _12 Monkeys_ isn't about "action.") Of course there's Nicholas Meyer's excellent _Time After Time_, which isn't as well known as it should be.

    And there's this one. It's not (just) a Van Damme vehicle, though it works well enough for fans of the Muscles from Brussels. It's also a fairly well constructed and enjoyable SF movie.

    SF readers be warned: it does _not_ have the logical tightness of Robert A. Heinlein's early time-travel stories ('By His Bootstraps', 'All You Zombies'), or even of the first _Terminator_ film. But as Heinlein found in later life, an unalterable past/future just doesn't make for very exciting drama. (As of _The Cat Who Walks Through Walls_, RAH was officially allowing the past, and therefore the future, to be changed.)

    For this film, director Peter Hyams and screenwriters Mark Verheiden and Mark Richardson (also the writers of the Dark Horse comic on which the film is based) borrow liberally but loosely from Poul Anderson's Time Patrol stories. Since (according to this scheme) a physically feasible means of time travel not only exists but can be used to change the past, there will be all sorts of baddies around who will try to adjust things to their own advantage. So there will have to be some time-travel cops who intervene to preserve the 'real' timestream.

    Van Damme is one such cop. And in this film he's pitted against Ron Silver, well cast as a crooked politician who wants to rearrange things so that he becomes dictator of America.
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    26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars How did you get here? March 23, 2008
    Format:HD DVD
    Time Cop DVD

    Jean-Claude Van Damme stars as a time-traveling law enforcement officer whose mission is to prevent and/or apprehend anybody from traveling back in time for their own personal gains. You know that as soon as humans invent Time-Travel someone will be abusing the invention.

    Highly recommended for fans of Jean-Claude Van Damme and the book The Time Machine (Signet Classics)

    Gunner March, 2008
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    22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Awful pan and scan version! July 21, 2002
    For a film that was shot in full anamorphic Panavision 2.35:1 by a very good director/cinematographer I find it very weird that Universal would only release this in cropped format. Many other people have expressed their disappointment in other reviews about this but I must let you know that the R2 version IS in widescreen. If you must by this film then get the UK Region 2 version. The Dolby 5.1 soundtrack remains the same but the movie is shown in it's correct OAR. And that is what matters most.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Movie For Its Type August 25, 2004
    By Cain
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    I think that for a movie that professes to be nothing more than what it is this movie rates high. It is pure science fiction, action. escapism. Nothing more - nothing less. It is pure entertainment. All right so its hard to understand Jean-Claude all the time but they gave him a superlative supporting cast of actors, especially Ron Silver who is always good, who basically carry the movie. The martial arts were kept controlled to the story line and there actually was a story. This movie was not meant to explore the deeper meaning of life. For that go see "The Big Sleep" with Humphrey Bogart. For pure entertainment

    get this one. In my opinion Jean-Claude's best movie, through no fault of his own. A great flick. For those nay-sayers out there GET A GRIP.
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    6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Cropped Pictures YACK! May 30, 2006

    I agree with the other reviewers!

    This is the one VanDamm movie I LOVE and when I found it in my one used shop I was so extatic I never looked to see screen format! I never though that it would be Full Screen@!#!*!%!!!!!

    Ye Gods!

    it totally ruins that wonderful sceen in the kitchen of him doing the splits!

    Hey ya I'm a red-blooded female...and I can go OUCH at that scene too! that stunt hurts to do and man.....Whistle.....Looks very nice!

    The cropping really really ruins the impressive impact of that scene and I've not see the picture since it first came out

    it was really a Disappointment when I saw FULL SCREEN

    Come on UNIVERSAL!!!



    this is a fantastic action picture and a crying shame to see it in full screen only!!!!!!
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars TIMECOP- Excellent Sci-fi Action Adventure Movie November 11, 2001
    Format:VHS Tape
    Good movie with great ideas. I wouldn't say this was the best time-travel movie ever made, but it does seem cool for an action movie. Van Damme (actor I'm not a big fan of) seems to be a pretty cool guy in this movie. Most of the movies he makes I really don't like. But this one I think is great and can watch all over again. In the year 1994, time travel is all of a sudden made possible and the President decides to give it out to the government. Officer Max Walker is chosen to be one of the travelers of the force. But bad guys from the future soon learn about it and go back in time to kill him and ruin his life by having his wife murdered after causing his house to explode. 10 years later, Agent Max Walker has been carrying out missions for the force and made a good time-traveler. But he wishes he could go back and prevent the terrible tragedy from happening to his wife. But it is a rule for people to change their own lives and alter the course of history. An evil senator running for president in 2004 is causing schemes by having his henchman go back in time and embezzle money so he can have his polls go up real easily. Max Walker learns about this when the presidential candidate has changed history by having the force shut down and is winning in the election. Walker knows he has to travel back to stop this and sees it as his chance to get his wife back so he can have the happy life he was supposed to have. Excellent Movie!
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars ... first saw this film in the movies and I enjoyed it then
    I first saw this film in the movies and I enjoyed it then, as I do now. Helps people to grow beyond a limited view.
    Published 6 days ago by A. Nat Curtis
    4.0 out of 5 stars TimeCop Jean-Claude Van Damme
    Jean-Claude brought it home with a dashing performance in this science fiction thriller. Very entertaining.
    Published 23 days ago by Leon Wilson
    5.0 out of 5 stars Great
    An awesome futuristic movie great work with the story behind the movie very believable an on the edge of your seat movie u get drawn into it its the kind of movie u talk back to u... Read more
    Published 29 days ago by brenda hobby
    5.0 out of 5 stars TimeCop is never outdated!!!
    Excellent story and stunts were very well done. Too bad it wasn't made into a "series"?
    Lot's of copycats though. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by JohnDrakeMI6
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Good Value. Good Servive. Recommended.
    Published 1 month ago by Bozopol1
    3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
    I liked the movie but Jean-Claude is not a very good actor
    Published 1 month ago by bsfirebird0503
    3.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Movie Review! - (...) - @tss5078
    It's a rare occurrence, but once in a while, a film is made that is way ahead of it's time, too far ahead of it's time, and Timecop is one of those films. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Todd Smith
    5.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable film for two reasons
    I enjoyed this film because of two reasons. First, I enjoyed the plot, drama and suspense. It is also good to see a young Van Damme at his best. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Israel Drazin
    4.0 out of 5 stars a blast from the past
    Overall the movie was great. It is funny to go back and watch movies from the 90s to see what everyone thought our current time was going to be like. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Manuel D. Gonzalez
    5.0 out of 5 stars Time Travel With a Van Damme Twist.
    This is such a great film! I have seen pretty much every Van Damme film made along with most of the decent time travel films and this truly does rank up with the best of them. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Gadget Grimlin
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