Time After Time (1979)



Critic Consensus: With the three principal actors clearly having fun with their roles, Time After Time becomes an amusing, light-hearted fantasy lark.

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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 … More

Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Karl Alexander Seidel, Steve Hayes, Nicholas Meyer
In Theaters:
On DVD: Aug 6, 2002


as H.G. Wells

as Jack The Ripper / Jo...

as Amy Robbins

as Lt. Mitchell

as Inspector Gregson

as Mrs. Tumer

as Mrs. Turner

as Richardson

as Assistant

as Bank Officer

as Clergyman

as Clergyman

as Booking Cop

as Pawnbroker

as Docent

as Newscaster

as Woman Cop

as Cab Driver

as 2nd Nurse

as Boy at Museum

as London Bobby

as Man on Street
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Critic Reviews for Time After Time

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (5)

A delightful, entertaining trifle of a film that shows both the possibilities and limitations of taking liberties with literature and history.

Full Review… | June 5, 2007
Top Critic

Clever and well calculated.

Full Review… | June 5, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

After nearly two hours the tension has evaporated, and all that's left is a curdle of jokes and brutality.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A movie that's as sweet as it is clever, and never so clever that it forgets to be entertaining.

Full Review… | May 9, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

There are a lot of nice touches in Time After Time, but the overall plot is too obviously scripted.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Time After Time is still a fun fish-out-of-water flick that deserves more attention than it has received in the thirty years following its release. But there's still plenty of time for that.

Full Review… | October 1, 2012

Audience Reviews for Time After Time


This is my favourite of all the Jack the Ripper theory themed movies. It has a bunch of good actors, and the story is good, and it's a great adventure too.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


very entertaining. happy b-day, hg

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


Take a barrel of monkeys, multiple that by pi and you'll have an idea of how fun this movie is.

HG Wells allows Jack the Ripper to escape in time through the use of his time machine, so naturally HG follows him to 1979 in order to capture him. Surprisingly funny and light hearted for a movie of it's body count.

Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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