Malcolm McDowall, David Warner, Mary Steenburgen, Charles Cioffi, Patti D'Arbanville
1980, 112 Minutes, Directed by: Nicholas Meyer
Description:In late 19th century England, writer H.G. Wells (Malcolm McDowell)
unwittingly includes Jack the Ripper (David Warner) in his social circle.
When one of Wells's dinner parties is crashed by the police looking for the
Ripper, Jack uses the author's time machine to escape. But there's one
catch--after it has been used, the machine returns to Wells's time. Thus the
literary genius bravely sets out to find his evil friend before he can wreak
havoc on another time period, and soon arrives in modern-day San Francisco.
Imaginative "what if" scenario has H.G. Wells (played by
(Clockwork Orange star Malcolm McDowall) pursuing
Victorian serial killer Jack the Ripper through time to 20th Century America.
Literary purists may
complain, but this movie works because of its sly humor (mostly derived from the
classical clash of technology scenarios) and the charming romance between Wells and a shy
bank teller played by Mary Steenburgen (who also supplied romantic interest for
"Doc" in Back to the Future Part III by the way).
Sci-Fi Movie Page Pick:
Entertaining and light-weight. "What would H.G. Wells say if he saw how things turned out in the end?" a
character in Cop Land asks. This time travel story supplies some hints: he spends a lot of
time trying to get back to his own time!
Top 100 Sci-Fi
of all time