Movies From the Hat VI #55 – Richard’s Pick – Time After Time (1979)


This is my 3492nd Review

Thanks to Richard of Kirkham: A Movie A Day. for this recommendation.

Here are his thoughts on the film.

“Every age is the same. It’s only love that makes any of them bearable. ” – H.G. Wells

Number of Times Seen – at least twice (2 Mar 2008 and 7 Nov 2017)

Brief Synopsis – H.G. Wells must use his time machine to try and stop Jack the Ripper who has fled Victorian England and is now stalking 1979.

My Take on it – I have always loved time travel stories and this is one of the best.

I’m so glad that I didn’t remember much of this film since it’s been a decade since I saw it because I got to enjoy it from the almost viewpoint of never having seen it.

They do an amazing job integrating the ideas of fact and fiction here in order to give us an extremely entertaining time travel mystery.

This film deals with time travel from a simplistic yet interesting viewpoint and also give us the usual humorous scenes dealing with acclimation into the way of the new time period.

They do a great job of keeping both the crime and love story aspects of this film separate yet still manage to use that to move the plot and mystery along.

The cast is superbly chosen with Malcolm McDowell, Mary Steenbergen and David Warner all turning in high caliber performances that help make this fantasy film feel even more and more genuine as it evolves.

Loved the connections between this film and the Back to the Future trilogy.

How many did you notice?

This film will definitely now be bumped up quite high on my Temporal Top Ten List of 1979 and might even grab the top spot because I loved it so much.

Definitely one of my favorites of this round of MFTH!

Bottom Line – Amazing idea for a film that perfectly integrates fact with fiction to give us such a thrilling mystery across centuries. They deal with the time travel aspect really well and we get the usual humorous images of the characters finding ways to acclimate to the new time period. The love story works really well here and does wonders to help advance the mystery and the plot itself. McDowell, Steenburgen and Warner are all superb here and help make things feel so believable the whole way through. This is gonna be bumped up exteremely high on my Temporal Top Ten List for 1979. Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Malcolm McDowell and Mary Steenburgen met and fell in love while shooting this picture. They were married from September 29, 1980, to October 1, 1990. Director Nicholas Meyer chose to not let them meet before the scene was filmed, to keep their reactions fresh for the scene. He had no idea they would actually fall in love. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy

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7 thoughts on “Movies From the Hat VI #55 – Richard’s Pick – Time After Time (1979)

  1. I loved this film as well. I saw it when it originally came out in 1979. At the end, when there’s the crawl talking about all the subjects that Wells wrote about and how they were all influenced by his wife – for a split second – I was so enthralled with the film – that I thought – “Holy shit! This really happened. Wells really invented a time machine” Then I went and took a nap. But seriously – it was a very clever idea and beautifully done and as you said – well acted by all the principal players. It had a bit of everything – intrigue, mystery, thriller, love story (delivered on the run and while danger lurked – one of the best movies I’ve seen that pulled this off. In a small group including Three Days of the Condor and The Terminator), humor, suspense. As to the BTTF connection – I haven’t seen Time After Time in a while (I won it on DVD), and this movie was released 6 years before the original Back To The Future – so not sure what connections you refer to – and if there are any – they’re from BTTF to TAT, not the other way around.

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