History Film / TimeAfterTime

15th Feb '16 7:37:01 AM MacronNotes
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* LikeAFishTakesToWater: Unlike Wells, Stevenson has no problem blending in with 1979, adopting contemporary dress, hunting for victims in discos.

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* LikeAFishTakesToWater: LikeADuckTakesToWater: Unlike Wells, Stevenson has no problem blending in with 1979, adopting contemporary dress, hunting for victims in discos.
15th Feb '16 7:34:40 AM MacronNotes
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** Jack {{invert|edTrope}}s this. He [[LikeAFishTakesToWater blends into his new life splendidly]], as the quote at the top of this page illustrates.

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** Jack {{invert|edTrope}}s this. He [[LikeAFishTakesToWater [[LikeADuckTakesToWater blends into his new life splendidly]], as the quote at the top of this page illustrates.
9th Nov '15 9:02:58 AM gallium
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1979 novel by Karl Alexander and movie directed by Creator/NicholasMeyer (which, while based on the book, was made before it was published) starring Creator/MalcolmMcDowell, Creator/DavidWarner and Mary Steenburgen.

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1979 novel by Karl Alexander and movie directed by Creator/NicholasMeyer (which, while based on the book, was made before it was published) starring Creator/MalcolmMcDowell, Creator/DavidWarner and Mary Steenburgen.
Creator/MarySteenburgen.
21st Oct '15 1:33:52 PM jamespolk
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* LikeAFishToWater: Unlike Wells, Stevenson has no problem blending in with 1979, adopting contemporary dress, hunting for victims in discos.

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* LikeAFishToWater: LikeAFishTakesToWater: Unlike Wells, Stevenson has no problem blending in with 1979, adopting contemporary dress, hunting for victims in discos.
21st Oct '15 1:33:30 PM jamespolk
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Nothing to do with the song by Music/CyndiLauper (except that the movie apparently inspired the song's title).

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Shot on location in UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco, showing off the cable cars, Bay Bridge, Golden Gate, the exterior of the Exploratorium, etc. Nothing to do with the song by Music/CyndiLauper (except that the movie apparently inspired the song's title).



* UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict: Stevenson uses this as an example of why he belongs in the modern world.

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* UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict: Stevenson uses this as an example of why he belongs in AnArmAndALeg: There's a severed hand at the modern world.scene of one of the Ripper's murders.



* ArtisticLicenseHistory: There is no evidence that Jack the Ripper was active after 1888. Of course, the movie does say that the Ripper hadn't struck in years.



* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: The "send the passenger to infinity" key]]

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* ChekhovsGun: [[spoiler: ChekhovsGun:
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The "send the passenger to infinity" key]]key, explained in an early scene. It winds up sending Stevenson drifting through the void for eternity.
** Amy's comment about how the door to her apartment needs to be slammed hard to close. This is how the Ripper gains entry to the place.
** Wells carefully watches Amy to see how she drives the car. Later, he puts that lesson to use.



* DrivesLikeCrazy: [[spoiler: Wells, due to never having driven before.]]
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: Wells finds that the future isn't the utopia he'd thought.

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* CoincidentalBroadcast: Fortunately, the TV shows that Stevenson flips by when he wants to make a point about the depravity of 1979 society are mostly filled with disturbing violence, not, say, ''Series/ThePriceIsRight'' or a soap opera.
* DidYouJustHaveSex: Amy's friend Carol immediately figures this out and starts peppering Amy with questions when an unusually cheerful Amy shows up for work.
* DisposableSexWorker: Serial killers like to target hookers, whether it be 1893 London or 1979 San Francisco.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: [[spoiler: Wells, due to never having driven before.]]
before.
* DutchAngle: Used when Wells gives up on trying to get the cops to believe him, and starts "confessing" to the murders.
* FishOutOfTemporalWater: Wells finds that the future isn't the utopia he'd thought. There are also many gags, like his utter terror the first time he rides in a car.



* AFoggyDayInLondonTown: Coupled with OminousFog, as we see the mandatory foggy streets of London when Jack targets a prostitute in the opening scene.



** Oddly, he doesn't consider the possibility that his currency might be worth more to a collector, even when the guy at the bank suggests it.
* GetItOverWith: Stevenson, having seen that Wells has the infinity key, and knowing that he is now screwed, merely nods to Wells, who yanks it out.



* HostageForMacGuffin: Giving his word as a gentleman, Stevenson offers to trade [[spoiler: Amy for the anti-return key Wells holds. [[ILied He naturally fails to deliver the hostage]], and [[DidYouActuallyBelieve chides Wells]] for [[GoodIsDumb not realizing that he is no gentleman]]]].

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* HostageForMacGuffin: Giving his word as a gentleman, Stevenson offers to trade [[spoiler: Amy for the anti-return key Wells holds. [[ILied He naturally fails to deliver the hostage]], and [[DidYouActuallyBelieve chides Wells]] for [[GoodIsDumb not realizing that he is no gentleman]]]].gentleman]].



** [[spoiler:But then Wells finally caves in and buys a gun. Which goes badly for him.]]
* ImMrFuturePopCultureReference: Inverted and subverted; to blend in, Wells, adopts the name of a period fictional character he's sure will be forgotten ninety years later. Unfortunately, this fictional character happens to be SherlockHolmes.

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** [[spoiler:But But then Wells finally caves in and buys a gun. Which goes badly for him.]]
him.
* ImMrFuturePopCultureReference: Inverted and subverted; to blend in, Wells, adopts the name of a period fictional character he's sure will be forgotten ninety years later. Unfortunately, this fictional character happens to be SherlockHolmes.Literature/SherlockHolmes.



* UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper: Well, yeah.

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* UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper: ISOStandardUrbanGroceries: Well, yeah.of course the grocery bag that Wells is toting to Amy's apartment has a loaf of French bread sticking out.
* ItWillNeverCatchOn: Wells confidently asserts in 1893 that "within three generations the social utopia will have come to pass", predicting that war and violence and poverty will have been eliminated. Stevenson is skeptical of this even before he is exposed as the Ripper, and Wells for his part is quite disappointed when he sees what modern society in 1979 is actually like.
* LikeAFishToWater: Unlike Wells, Stevenson has no problem blending in with 1979, adopting contemporary dress, hunting for victims in discos.



* MyCarHatesMe: Amy's car has a flat as they are racing to stop the murder of a prostitute, which they know about from traveling three days into the future.



* OhCrap: [[spoiler: Stevenson]] during the climax when he realizes [[spoiler: Wells is about to pull the [[ChekhovsGun "send the passenger to infinity" key]] out of the time machine]].
** [[spoiler: It can also be interpreted as an inverted SwordOverHead moment. It appears that he knows the game is up and is nodding to Wells that there's nothing left to do but GetItOverWith.]]

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* OhCrap: [[spoiler: Stevenson]] during the climax when he realizes [[spoiler: Wells is about to pull the [[ChekhovsGun "send the passenger to infinity" key]] out of the time machine]].
** [[spoiler: It can also be interpreted as an inverted SwordOverHead moment. It appears that he knows the game is up and is nodding to Wells that there's nothing left to do but GetItOverWith.]]
POVShot: A fuzzy one from Wells' perspective after Stevenson yanks his glasses off.



* UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco: Sure enough, the movie shows off the cable cars, Bay Bridge, Golden Gate, the exterior of the Exploratorium, etc.

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* UsefulNotes/SanFrancisco: Sure enough, RedLightDistrict: Whether it be Whitechapel in 1893 or the movie shows off Tenderloin of San Francisco in 1979, the cable cars, Bay Bridge, Golden Gate, Ripper knows where to go to find victims.
* ShoutOut: Wells marvels at
the exterior wonders of the Exploratorium, etc.technology, saying "[[Theatre/TheTempest O brave new world, that has such people in it!]]"
* SmartPeoplePlayChess: Wells and his friend John Stevenson, establishing that Stevenson is an intellectual as well.



* StealthPun: Herbert misremembers the name of that "Scottish restaurant" as [[UsefulNotes/McDonalds MacDougals.]]. No doubt that the audience was waiting for him to make a total dork of himself. But it would have made him seem too odd to Amy too early in the film. Especially when she was already willing to overlook the fact that he didn't pick up immediately on [[VietnamWar which war]] an American girl of her generation would have been protesting, something that's common knowledge in 1979.
* SteamPunk

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* StealthPun: Herbert misremembers the name of that "Scottish restaurant" as [[UsefulNotes/McDonalds MacDougals.]]. No doubt that the audience was waiting for him to make a total dork of himself. But it would have made him seem too odd to Amy too early in the film. Especially when she was already willing to overlook the fact that he didn't pick up immediately on [[VietnamWar [[UsefulNotes/VietnamWar which war]] an American girl of her generation would have been protesting, something that's common knowledge in 1979.
* SteamPunkSteamPunk: Quite the snazzy time machine that Wells constructed in 1893.



* TerminatorTwosome
* TimeTravelRomance: Between Amy and Wells. [[spoiler:And in the ending, Wells takes Amy back with him to become the historical [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._G._Wells#Personal_life Amy Catherine Robbins]].]]

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* TerminatorTwosome
TerminatorTwosome: When Wells realizes that Stevenson has gone to the future in his machine, Wells goes after him.
* TimeTravelRomance: Between Amy and Wells. [[spoiler:And And in the ending, Wells takes Amy back with him to become the historical [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H._G._Wells#Personal_life Amy Catherine Robbins]].]]Robbins]].
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: Where the hooker that Jack picks up in the first scene puts his coin, right before he kills her.
20th Jul '15 11:09:45 AM nombretomado
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--> '''Wells:''' [[McDonalds MacDougals.]]

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--> '''Wells:''' [[McDonalds [[UsefulNotes/McDonalds MacDougals.]]



* StealthPun: Herbert misremembers the name of that "Scottish restaurant" as [[McDonalds MacDougals.]]. No doubt that the audience was waiting for him to make a total dork of himself. But it would have made him seem too odd to Amy too early in the film. Especially when she was already willing to overlook the fact that he didn't pick up immediately on [[VietnamWar which war]] an American girl of her generation would have been protesting, something that's common knowledge in 1979.

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* StealthPun: Herbert misremembers the name of that "Scottish restaurant" as [[McDonalds [[UsefulNotes/McDonalds MacDougals.]]. No doubt that the audience was waiting for him to make a total dork of himself. But it would have made him seem too odd to Amy too early in the film. Especially when she was already willing to overlook the fact that he didn't pick up immediately on [[VietnamWar which war]] an American girl of her generation would have been protesting, something that's common knowledge in 1979.
3rd Mar '15 7:28:49 PM Premonition45
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1979 novel by Karl Alexander and movie directed by Nicholas Meyer (which, while based on the book, was made before it was published) starring Creator/MalcolmMcDowell, Creator/DavidWarner and Mary Steenburgen.

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1979 novel by Karl Alexander and movie directed by Nicholas Meyer Creator/NicholasMeyer (which, while based on the book, was made before it was published) starring Creator/MalcolmMcDowell, Creator/DavidWarner and Mary Steenburgen.
14th Jan '15 8:20:41 AM bkitu
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* PlayingAgainstType: Creator/MalcolmMcDowell, who thanks to various prior roles generally gets cast as a bit of a psycho nutcase or otherwise amoral type, plays the rather sweet, slightly naive Wells -- in a movie with Jack the Ripper.



* RomanceOnTheSet: Malcolm [=McDowell=] and Mary Steenburgen would marry and have 2 children together before splitting up in 1990.
14th Jan '15 8:18:03 AM bkitu
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* HeyItsThatGuy: A ''very'' young Corey Feldman as a kid in the museum where the time machine ends up.
** [[Film/{{TRON}} Sark/Dillinger]] is Jack the Ripper!
30th Dec '14 2:40:33 PM nombretomado
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* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: If not actually the first story to be built on the idea of 'hey, what if HGWells really ''did'' have a time machine?', then certainly one of the {{Trope Codifier}}s.

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* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: If not actually the first story to be built on the idea of 'hey, what if HGWells Creator/HGWells really ''did'' have a time machine?', then certainly one of the {{Trope Codifier}}s.



* NerdsAreSexy: HGWells, at least as perceived by Amy

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* NerdsAreSexy: HGWells, Creator/HGWells, at least as perceived by Amy



* VillainsBlendInBetter: Provides the above quote -- HGWells struggles to fit in (although to be fair to him, in practical terms he adapts a lot better than most; it's mainly culture shock over the idea that the future isn't everything he'd built it up to be), while ''UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper'' of all people acclimatises comfortably.

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* VillainsBlendInBetter: Provides the above quote -- HGWells Creator/HGWells struggles to fit in (although to be fair to him, in practical terms he adapts a lot better than most; it's mainly culture shock over the idea that the future isn't everything he'd built it up to be), while ''UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper'' of all people acclimatises comfortably.
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