Time After Time 1979 PG CC

(344) IMDb 7.2/10
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H.G. Wells pursues Jack the Ripper through 19th-century London to modern-day San Francisco when the serial murderer uses the future writer's time machine to escape his time period.

Starring:
Malcolm McDowell, David Warner
Runtime:
1 hour, 52 minutes

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Genres Science Fiction, Drama, Thriller, Romance, Adventure
Director Nicholas Meyer
Starring Malcolm McDowell, David Warner
Supporting actors Mary Steenburgen, Charles Cioffi, Kent Williams, Andonia Katsaros, Patti D'Arbanville, James Garrett, Keith McConnell, Leo Lewis, Byron Webster, Karin de la Penha, Geraldine Baron, Laurie Main, Joseph Maher, Michael Evans, Ray Reinhardt, Robert Shaw, Stu Klitsner, Nicholas Shields
Studio Orion
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Format: DVD
It has been a while since I've reviewed something on my lifelong favorite's list. So I've chosen "Time After Time" because it isn't very well known by younger audiences nor is it necessarily considered a "classic."
However, I instantly fell in love with this movie over 25 years ago--and I still consider it a rip-roaring good time!

Starting out with the most bizarre plot ever, "Time After Time" will keep you enthralled. It is a glorious popcorn flick--fast, light, fun, and exciting in equal measures. Set in 1893, we meet H. G. Wells (Malcolm MacDowell) who is unknowingly friends with Jack The Ripper (David Warner). MacDowell has constructed a time machine which Warner misappropriates as he is fleeing the authorities. He travels to modern day San Francisco where he continues his murderous ways. MacDowell follows him, he must stop Jack The Ripper! He meets up with a local woman, Mary Steenburgen, who helps him adjusts and ultimately gets caught up in his unlikely story.

"Time After Time" succeeds in several different genres concurrently. This is a credible sci-fi pic, a sweet romance, a fish out of water comedy, as well as a decent serial killer thriller. I think that's what I love and respect about this film, it's out there. There is no way that this picture should work, it should be terrible. And yet, inexplicably, Nicholas Meyer has crafted an intricate and audacious work. Even if I didn't love this movie, I would respect its ambition and scope. But love it I do, this is one of the most wildly entertaining pictures you could hope to see. Some people might be tempted to dismiss this work as dated or even slight--and yes, you do have to accept that this is a product of the 70's.
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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Lonnie E. Holder HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 20, 2002
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It's amazing that with time travel stories having been around for 100 years that we can continue to think of variations. In this case the variation is a good one, perhaps one of the best that has ever been done.

A relatively innocent and naive H.G. Wells, well-played by a Malcolm McDowell very different from the one that played Alex in "A Clockwork Orange," sets the stage for Jack the Ripper, played by David Warner, to travel forward into 1979 to menace modern San Francisco.
The movie has a few flaws. The special effects of time travel are a bit cheesy. Fortunately, time travel is a device to set the stage for the movie, and the weak special effects can be forgiven given the quality of the rest of the movie. As for why the time machine moved from London to San Francisco, there isn't any really good way to explain how that happened. The best explanation I can give is that the Earth was spinning below the time machine as it maintained a fixed location. However, gravity must have played a role because had the movement of the earth been the only reason for the location change, both Jack the Ripper and H.G. Wells would have ended up in outer space as the Earth and the solar system moved out from under them. If you can suspend your belief in time travel you can also suspend your belief in how the time machine moved.

Getting past the special effects you get to a marvelous early performance by twenty-five year old Mary Steenburgen. She plays a very modern woman to Malcolm McDowell's Victorian naivete, and while she is very modern, holding an executive position and talking about sexual relationships with the casualness of pre-AIDs 1979, she also has an innocence of her own that is well suited to Malcolm's character.
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Dave Cordes on August 12, 2002
Format: DVD
Nicholas Meyer's gem of a film imaginatively catapults Victorian-era novelist H.G. Wells against the diabolical villainy of Jack the Ripper in San Francisco circa 1979. Malcom McDowell (A Clockwork Orange) delivers an exceptional and convincing performance as the innocently naive Herbert George Wells whose idealistic dream of a futuristic utopia is disillusioned by the hedonistic, technological and violent decadence of the late twentieth century. David Warner is comfortably at home in the present day as the sinister John Leslie Stevenson alias Jack the Ripper. Mary Steenburgen (Back to the Future III) is remarkable as the innocent love interest for Wells, especially when one considers that the fireworks were both on-screen and off between her and co-star McDowell making the romantic chemistry between the two all the more credible. Director Nick Meyer (Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan) pays homage to George Pal's vision of The Time Machine complete with Jules Verne style production design and a memorably vintage score from veteran composer Miklos Rozsa. This DVD presentation includes a theatrical trailer for the film as well as trailers for both George Pal's 1960 version and Simon Well's (great-grandson of H.G. Wells) 2002 version of The Time Machine and feature-length audio commentary with Malcolm McDowell and Nicholas Meyer providing retrospective insight into the production of the film. Time After Time is one of the most creatively imaginative "What-If?" tales to be fictionalized for cinema and is a film to be watched and enjoyed "Time After Time."
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