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Time After Time

Released 1979
Distributor Warner Bros.

A movie that really does have something for everyone. Nicholas Meyer’s wonderfully inventive sci-fi pastiche about a time-traveling H.G. Wells and his search for Jack the Ripper in present-day San Francisco is a buoyant fantasy, nerve-wracking suspense film and one of the best romances of its decade. Malcolm McDowell, as far removed from Alex the Droog as you can get, plays the sweet-natured Wells and Mary Steenburgen is his beautiful, spacey soul-mate. With David Warner (terrifying) as the Ripper. George Pal would surely have approved.

About Alan Spencer

Alan Spencer is best known for creating the classic satirical eighties sitcom Sledge Hammer! and the recent controversial "ultra violent" comedy Bullet in the Face for IFC. For years he's been regarded as one of Hollywood's top script doctors and has never lost a patient.