Time After Time

Synopsis: It's 1893 London. Futurist H.G. Wells believes that the future holds a Utopian society. He also believes in time travel. He has just built a time machine which he is displaying to a group of skeptical friends, including surgeon Dr. John Leslie Stevenson. Unbeknown to Wells or anyone else among that circle, Stevenson is better known to the public as Jack the Ripper. Just as the police are about to capture Stevenson, he uses the time machine to escape, with Wells being the only one who knows what happened to him. Not telling anyone except his trusting housekeeper, Wells follows Stevenson in order to capture and bring him back to face justice. Where Stevenson has gone is 1979 San Francisco. There, Wells is dismayed to find that the future is not Utopia as he had predicted. But Wells is also picked up by a young woman named Amy Robbins. As Wells and Amy search for Stevenson, Stevenson conversely is after Wells to obtain the master key to the time machine. As Stevenson continues his murdero
Director(s): Nicholas Meyer
  7 wins & 7 nominations.
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112 min

...the passenger is returned

to the point of departure.

Unless he uses this key

to countermand the device.

Without that key,

it's a bloody homing pigeon.

And what, may I ask, is this?

Well, John...

...this is the vaporizing equalizer.

Without it, the passenger journeys

without the machine...

...and without the machine,

there is no coming back.

Well, H.G., which is it to be?

The past or the future?

The past, surely.

He'll want to meet Cleopatra.

- The future.

- Why the future?

I belong there. In three generations,

social utopia will have come to pass.

There'll be no war, crime or poverty.

And no disease either, John.

Men will live like brothers,

and in equality with women.

- Oh, dear. Let's have the past.

- Here, here.

I can't agree with you. Check.

You astonish me. In the midst of all

your theorizing, you ignore the facts.

We live in a cosmic charnel house.

Mankind has not changed in 2000 years.

We hunt, we're hunted. That's

how it is. How it will always be.

The future will prove you wrong.

The future will tell.

Anyway, I have just one question

for myself. When do you leave?

- I'm not sure.

- Human frailty, at last.

Well, to be quite candid...

...I haven't worked up the nerve.

- First time for that.

But I will. All I have to do is set

the date and activate the switches.

And I'll inherit the Hope diamond.

- Checkmate.

- How does he do it?

- Not again?

- Every time.

I know how he thinks. That's all.

- One day I shall win.

- When you learn how I think.

Sorry to interrupt. Two gentlemen from

Scotland Yard want a word with you.

What is the meaning of this?

Beg pardon, sir.

Might we have a word with you?

- The Ripper? In this vicinity?

- I'm afraid so, sir.

We've cordoned off the neighborhood.

We're asking for cooperation.

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Nicholas Meyer

Nicholas Meyer (born December 24, 1945) is an American writer and director, known for his best-selling novel The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, and for directing the films Time After Time, two of the Star Trek feature film series, and the 1983 television movie The Day After. Meyer was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for the film The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976), where he adapted his own novel into a screenplay. He has also been nominated for a Satellite Award, three Emmy Awards, and has won four Saturn Awards. He appeared as himself during the 2017 On Cinema spinoff series The Trial, during which he testified about Star Trek and San Francisco. more…

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