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Update of 29 July 2003 (to 122 Kilobytes from 102 Kilobytes); [added: "2009 Lost Memories", "5th Quadrant", "Andromeda", "Clockstoppers", "Conceiving Ada", "Donnie Darko", "Dreamcatcher", "Erotic Time Machine", "Kate and Leopold", "Legend of Zelda", "Samurai Jack", "Sound of Thunder (2004)", "Timeline", "Virtualia Episode Five: The Dark Side"] [previously updated 17 June 2003, 15 May 2000, 10+11+12+14 May 2000, 4 Oct 1999]
"We have to assume that there exists a mathematical flow of time." -- Sir Isaac Newton.
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Coming Soon: reviews of the Time Loop film "Frequency"... which expertly combines ham radio-linkage across 30 years, Fireman scenes rivalling 'Backdraft', police-procedural hunting of a serial killer, father-son dynamics, the Amazing Mets in the 1969 World Series, and intricately paradoxical "time loops" in which the future changes the past, which changes the future, which changes the past, and makes things worse and worse... until the thrilling ending! Coming Soon: review of the best book on Time Travel ever written... and an outline of theories of time travel. Did you know that Einstein's General Theory of Relativity DOES allow for time travel, as first proven by Kurt Godel in 1949? see: TIME TRAVEL: time machines, travel to the past or the future: warning: huge, slow-loading page. see: Time Line of Science Fiction CHRONOLOGY of the History of Science Fiction, Science, and Fantasy from prehistory to 2010, over 1005 KiloBytes, over 308 hotlinks. Cast, plot summaries, and popularity ratings of the list below courtesy of The Internet Movie Database and Steven's Time Travel Page (which has the originals of many of the capsule reviews below, in chronological order (rather the alphabetical order here), plus similar coverage of Books and Hotlinks on the subject: ONE HUNDRED AND NINETEEN FILMS/TV-MOVIES/VIDEOGAMES:
  1. 12:01 (1993): mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page "An experiment to create a 'supercollider' to power electric generators backfires, creating a 'time bounce' at the point the experiment fires, causing the entire day to repeat itself over and over again. An employee of the plant that designed the device remembers the day (and knows that it's repeating) because he received an electric shock at the precise time the device fired. Re-living each day on his job at the plant, he must stop the device from firing - and prevent a murder." The Ultimate Science Fiction Web Guide adds: "Living the same day over and over, until you get it right, was far more cleverly done in the under-rated Bill Murray vehicle "Groundhog Day."
  2. 2009 Lost Memories (2002) Korean, with Korean/Japanese Language Track and Removable English Subtitles, on Korean DVD (Region 3 NTSC, enterOne 2-disk set, 16x9 Anamorphic Widescreen). Director: Lee Si-Myung; Starring: Jang Dong-Gun (star of blockbuster "Friend") as Masayuki Sakamoto; Toru Nakamura ("Gen-X Cops", "Tokyo Raiders") as Shojiro Saigo; Seo Jin-Ho as Hye; Additional Cast: Shin Gu; Ahn Kil-Sang; Cho Sang-Keun; Chun Ho-Jin; Genres: Sci-Fi/Alternate History/Action; Plot Summary: In 1909 the Japanese statesman Ito Hirobumi was assassinated by Korean Nationalist An Chung-Gun. In the Alternate History of "2009 Lost Memories", Ito was saved when An was stopped. As a result, the Korean Nationalist cause was never successful. Japan won World War II -- with the USA as an ally! Korea has been totally ruled by Japan for a century, and almost completely Japanized. Korean people and culture are relegated to scattered "Koreatown" ghettos. But a violent grassroots Korean movement called Hureisenjin engages in sporadic terrorism. The JBI (Japanese Bureau of Investigation) tries to crush Hureisenjin. JBI cops Masayuki Sakamoto and Shojiro Saigo try to solve the terrorism-related theft of mysterious artefacts of Korean culture. Masayuki Sakamoto has a private agenda, because his father, also a cop, was shot by his own group's officers while working for the Hureisenjin. Complicating his motives, Sakamoto is ethnically Korean, but sees the underground nationlist group as essentially criminal (as opposed to patriotic). He is indifferent, idologically, to Korean Nationalism. The plot thickens in a "Bladerunner" style, as Sakamoto dreams about a quarter-moon necklace, which is somehow one of the sought-after artefacts. The artefacts are owned by a shadowy Inoue Foundation, a rich, powerful, and ruthless corporate conglomerate. When Sakamoto sniffs round the Inoue scene, he sets subplots in motion, that (unknown to him) depend on the founder being the very man who killed the assassin An Chung-Gun in 1909. Hureisenjin may hunger for revenge and justice more than nationalism. There are interesting themes introduced, and science fictional twists and turns. But the spectacular fight and action sequences get the upper hand over the promising philosophical matters, and three-quartewrs through the 2 hour film, it becomes evident where the plot is going. The film twists and counter-twists, as if Lee Si-Myung can't decide whether to go for mainstream crowd-pleaser or art-film sophistication. In Philip K. Dick's Alternate History "The Man in the High Castle", Japan and Germany have conqured the USA, but we are not clear whether the Japanese are good or bad, and we have no idea where the plot is heading. Ironically, the American Philip K. Dick used the Chinese "I-Ching" to make pseudo-random plot choices, while the Korean Lee Si-Myung uses Hollywood happy ending protocol. Still, this is an intense and very watchable film.
  3. "The 5th Quadrant" (2002)(TV) Canadian, English-language, 27-minute episodes, parody of X-files type shows
  4. A spasso nel tempo (1996): One of the few Italian Time Travel films.
  5. All Over Again (2000): mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page "A 17-year old boy meets up with his 67-year old self, who tries to warn him of the things that took him down the wrong path in life."
  6. The Amazing Mr. Blunden (1972): mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page "After their mother is hired as the caretaker of a Victorian mansion, a pair of youngsters see a ghost. They are transported back in time to the turn of the 20th century, where they come to the aid of two children who are about to be murdered."
  7. "Andromeda" (2000)(TV) also known as "Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda" Captain Dylan Hunt commands the sentient Andromeda Ascendant starship, which is part of the military muscle of multi-galaxy utopian All-Systems Commonwealth monarchy. That Commonwealth is a blend of the Federation (as Roddenberry invented for "Star Trek") without the depth of Ken McLeod's Communist utopian Solar Union ("Cassini Division" is its elite military force), or Iain Banks' Anarcho-socialist Culture novels ("Consider Phlebas", "The Player of Games", "Use of Weapons", "Excession") or the very Capitalist Qeng Ho interstellar trading fleet in Vernor Vinge's novels ("A Fire Upon the Deep", "A Deepness in the Sky"). That is, in my opinion, "Andromeda" is Space Opera without the deep politics of literary science fiction, or the exuberent fun of, say, "5th Element." The Nietzcheans back-stab the Commonwealth, Hunt has little choice but to order his crew to abandon ship, and fling Andromeda Ascendant into a black hole. Three centuries later, the passing salvage ship Eureka Maru drags the ship out of the frozen time near the black hole. To Hunt's horror, the All-Systems Commonwealth is virtually forgotten, and the Three Galaxies have sunken to barbarianism (as ripped off from Isaac Asimov's "Foundation" novels). The rag-tag crew of salvage crew, alien Nietzchean mercenary, alien predator monk must, under the quixotic leadership of Captain Dylan Hunt, aboard the intelligent living spaceship (think HAL-9000 of Clarke & Kubrik's "2001" crossed with Sci-Fi Channel's "Lexx") to re-establish the Commonwealth and restore the glory of civilization (as in David Brin's self-indulgently filmed "The Postman" with its Re-United States of America." So, in summary, Gene Roddenberry was a TV genius, but Star Trek was his real hit. "Andromeda" is utterly derivative, and so stupid that I could never sit through any full episode. Almost as stupid as "Star Wars", politically speaking, but without the cool special effects. So shoot me.
  8. APEX (1994): mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page In an obvious steal from the "Terminator" movies, in 2073, a time travel lab inadvertently loses control of an experiment that goes to a desert in 1973. An APEX (Advanded Prototype EXtermination unit - think 'Blade Runner') is sent back in time to 'sterilize' the area, but one of the scientists goes back with it when he notices a young child caught in its sights. This causes a 'time paradox', and he's sucked back into an alternate future - a world in which the clones of the original robot, who stayed in the past with the command to 'sterilize' the area of people, are still programmed to kill all living things. The 'paradox' plot has massive holes, such as 'Who built the time travel lab in the future created by the paradox?', and 'How are the same people together in this timeline?' You'll find yourself focused more on the unnecessary 'R-rated' language than the plot, what there is of it."
  9. Army of Darkness (1993): Also known as "Evil Dead 3: Army of Darkness" "Trapped in Time, Surrounded by Evil, Low on Gas" This tongue-in-cheek Sam Raimi film combines the genres of Action/Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, and Horror. Capsule Review based on comments by Ed Sutton (esutton@nortel.ca) and David Thiel (d-thiel@uiuc.edu): "This sequel to 'Evil Dead 2', has discount-store employee 'Ash' time-warped to a medieval castle, and stranded in the 13th Century with only his car, shotgun, and chainsaw to save him. Soon he is discovered, assumed to be an enemy spy for a rival kingdom, and imprisoned. He shows that he's made of brave stuff in 'The Pit', after which he agrees to help the kingdom by retrieving the Lovecraftian 'Necronomicon', a book which might drive away evil, and which holds out hope of returning him to the present. The Necronomicon is essential for battling dread supernatural forces which beseige the castle and land. Ash, however, unwittingly releases the 'Army of Darkness' (an army of skeletons, led by his own Deadite counterpart) while retrieving the book and mispronouncing the magic spell. An epic battle begins between Ash's modern tactics and the ancient minions of darkness. In this fight, Ash is revealed to be the prophesied savior of the kingdom. Allegedly, this cult film inspired the 'Duke Nukem' comics/games/novels. It is exciting, if creepy/goofy fun.
  10. Ausgestorben (1995): According to "torsten.dewi", of Munich, Germany (26 November 1999) writing for isdb.com, this amazing student short feature tells a gripping story. Hoping against hope to save his plague-ridden, world a scientist time-travels to the time of the dinosaurs, to locate and retrieve an extinct plant that might enable a cure. In this desperate trip, he screws up up the timelines. Torsten praises the good German actors (including SciFi/Horror specialist Udo Kier), and makes good use of high-tech design, including left-over sets from the science fiction Space/Alien film "Enemy Mine." Torsten credits the director, Michael Pohl , with "a great eye for details", and hopes that this short-film "business card" will be Pohl's ticket to big-budget features. Pohl's new project, the 45 minute "Vortex", will be eagerly awaited.
  11. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999): mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page "This sequel to the first 'Austin Powers' movie employs time travel as a devise to great effect, as Austin Powers must go back in time to regain his 'mojo' (his sexual powers), stolen by Dr. Evil. Don't look for continuity here, just laugh. Dr. Evil steals the show here with his hilarious send ups of modern culture and his strained relationship with his son and 'mini me'. It's not an excellent film, but go just to see Dr. Evil." The Ultimate Science Fiction Web Guide adds: "Well, there's credit to be given to Mike Meyers for successfully inventing and playing at least 3 different characters in the same film..."
  12. Back to the Future (1985)
  13. Back to the Future Part II(1989)
  14. Back to the Future Part III(1990): Back to the Future Parts I through III (1985, 1989, 1990): mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page "In this timetravel classic, Michael J. Fox plays Marty McFly, whose friend Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) builds a time machine from a modified DeLorean. Explores time paradoxes in great detail, these films are the best of the genre. Part One happens in 1955, where he arranges for his parents to meet and fall in love. Part Two happens in the future, where he has to save his kids. Part Three finds him and Doc in the Old West. (I've seen Part One at least 20 times!)"
  15. Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time (1991): Director: Sylvio Tabet Screenplay: Ken Hauser, Doug Miles, et al. Fantasy / Action / Adventure (Time Travel is a sub-plot) This film is the middle part of trilogy: * The Beastmaster (1982) * Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time (1991) * Beastmaster III: The Eye of Braxus (1995) As in the first (1982), Mark Singer plays "Dar", a warrior able to communicate (Dr.Doolittle-like) with beasts, and also see through their eyes, hear through their ears, and so forth. Dar is not to be confused with a charcter of the same name as played by Darren Young in "Cave Girl" (1985). Beastmaster Dar travels to Los Angeles, on our Earth, to prevent his evil brother from stealing a neutron detonator for building an atomic bomb, to use in their native desert world. Filimng of the desert was on location at Glen Canyon, Utah. The Ultimate Science Fiction Web Guide basically agrees with the following on-line review, as we found the film irritating. At-a-Glance Film Reviews: "A sensuous, mysterious witch (we know she is sensuous and mysterious because she said so) makes an offer to evil badguy Arklon; she can take him to modern day L.A. where they can steal a neutron detonator, return to their own world, and rule it. Arklon realizes a couple of nukes would be more effective than crushing his enemies with styrofoam boulders, so he agrees. Before seeing this film, I was warned that there was interaction with the modern world, and that this effectively killed the fantasy atmosphere created by the original. (It did.) This was regrettable, but I decided that I would take the film for what it was, rather than comparing it with the first. It might have worked -- but what makes Beastmaster 2 so unbearably awful, even as a stand-alone film, is the awkward, cliched, corny dialogue, and painful acting by Kari Wuhrer, a girl from L.A. who accidentally drives her car through the portal to the Beastmaster's world. When she isn't attempting to pass off lines like 'I'd rather eat breakfast than be breakfast,'viewers are subjected to a horribly contrived storyline, where flawed logic abounds. Why must the Beastmaster go to the tiger and help him keep watch -- can't the Beastmaster see through the tiger's eyes anymore? Why does Arklon spend as much energy deliberately detaining the Beastmaster, planning to kill him later, as he would if he destroyed him then and there? Not to mention one of the character's inexplicable change of heart. As if that wasn't enough, every scene plays as predictably as if you'd seen the movie once already. To its credit, the film as a whole is not particularly predictable, yet at the beginning of each and every scene, you know exactly how it will pan out. Finally, the finale, alas, is devoid of suspense, due to inane humor. Perhaps I'm being too harsh on this film; it does have some small merit. The opening scene is good (alas, it's the best), and it's never boring (how many bad films can make that claim?)."
  16. Berkeley Square (1933): Directed by Frank Lloyd Screenplay by: John L. Balderston (who also wrote the play) & Sonya Levien; This 84 minute, black & white Fantasy/Romance stars: Leslie Howard (as Peter Standish) Heather Angel (as Helen Pettigrew) Valerie Taylor (as Kate Pettigrew), and Lionel Barrymore (as Innkeeper) Grady E. Jensen (bushrod1@worldnet.att.net), of Scarsdale, New York, wrote for ISDB (10 June 1999) that: "'Berkeley Square' is similar in theme to [the novel by] Jack Finney 'Time and Again.' A present day American is transported back to the home of his ancestors in London, during the American Revolution. He knows, of course, what will happen and even falls in love with one of his female ancestors. An old film but a terrific one..." The Ultimate Science Fiction Web Guide adds: "In Jack Finney's novel, New York City, specifically the Dakota apartments next to Central Park, is the location, not London. Also, Jack Finney's protagonist goes back roughly a century, not the two centuries of 'Berkeley Square.' Of course, both male protagonists fall in love with women in the past (that's what happens in hetero Romances), but Jack Finney does not fall for one of his own ancestresses. That twist is explored rather thoroughly in the novel 'Up the Line' by Robert Silverberg."
  17. Beyond the Time Barrier (1959): mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page "A 1950s jet pilot breaks the time barrier and flies into World War III America, which is populated with mutants and plagued with a deadly virus."
  18. Biggles: Adventures in Time (1986): mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page "Jim Ferguson - who lives in New York in the 1980s - is suddenly transported back to World War I to help his 'time twin', 'Biggles', who is in danger. Whenever either of them is in danger, they are transported to help one another. There are some problems with the film: with paradox, with character reactions to being shifted in time (i.e. they aren't very surprised by it), with the 'secret weapon' and its unexplained origin, and even with the age of one character (A WWI officer would have been well over 90 in 1985, yet he still appears to be in his 60s!), but these don't detract from this interesting, well-filmed and at times very funny film. (What Ferguson and Biggles bring back to 1917 will amaze you!)"
  19. Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (1991): mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page "Not as good as the first film [Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure], though this sequel features a hillarious series of contests with Death'. ('Twister', anyone?)" The Ultimate Science Fiction Web Guide adds: "Steven neglects to mention that the death-gaming is a parody of Bergmann's famous Chess scene in 'The Seventh Seal."
  20. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure: mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page "Two teenagers from California travel through time in a phone booth to get ready for their history report, which is very important for them to pass. They end up in a future world where their (yet to be unwritten) music is the basis of all of society - a frightening thought, once you hear the music and the platitudes that go along with it! For their history report, they bring back personalities like Socrates, Abraham Lincoln, Joan of Arc, Sigmund Freud and Napoleon. (Forget continuity, forget plausibility, just enjoy it!) Look for George Carlin playing their mentor. The film explores paradoxes in a funny way (watch the scenes where they sneak around the police station - and try to follow it!)" The Ultimate Science Fiction Web Guide adds: "This is a surprisingly clever film. Besides the broad humor of the dumb-but-likeable protagonists, who (for instance) insist on calling Joan of Arc 'Ms.Arc", the best plotting occurs in seeing the same scene twice, once when the dudes in the 'present' are visited by themselves from the future, and don't understand what they're being told. When we loop through this the second time, from the viewpoint of the 'future' dudes, they say 'This makes a whole lot more sense this time through', or words to that effect."
  21. Blackadder: Back and Forth (1999): mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page "To fool their friends on Millenium Eve, Blackadder and Baldrick build a bogus time machine and charge people to bring back artifacts (which Blackadder already owns). Trouble is, the time machine actually works!"
  22. Blast from the Past (1999): mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page "Brendan Fraser plays a naive man who comes out into the world after being in a nuclear fallout shelter for 35 years. Sets up numerous funny lines and situations." The Ultimate Science Fiction Web Guide adds: "Brendan Fraser almost single-handedly carries this film. He is much more effective when given good lines and good supporting actors, plus special effects, as in the very fine remake of 'The Mummy' -- which deals with time travel forwards by an agonizing mechanism..."
  23. Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1978)
  24. Carnivale (1999): mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page "Animated tale by former Tim Burton art director Deane Taylor has many of Burton's dark themes. Children playing by the sea shore are lured into a time travel portal where they are taken to an amusement park. There they are having loads of fun until they discover that if they don't escape immediately, they will be forever trapped there as inanimate objects."
  25. Cave Girl (1985): Director: David Oliver Screenplay: Phil Groves Comedy / Romance Summary expanded from Tom Zoerner (Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de): "On a class excursion to a cave with stone age paintings the clumsy Rex [Daniel Roebuck] gets lost. A mysterious crystal opens a gateway in time and sets him back to the stone ages, where he meets a group of prehistoric fellows and the gorgeous Eba [Cynthia Thompson]. While teaching her English and doing some pseudo-research on her fellows, his main goal is to get her sleeping with him. However the curiosity of the clan chief disturbs his attempts." There is also Darren Young playing the character "Dar", not to be confused with the "Dar" in "Beastmaster 2: Through the Portal of Time (1991), as played by Mark Singer." At-a-Glance Film Reviews gave one-word review: "Ugh."
  26. Clockstoppers (2002), Directed by Jonathan Frakes. Blatantly ripped off from "The Girl, the Gold Watch, and Everything." But without the kinky sex of "The Fermata" (2005?), currently being scripted by Hugo Award-winning Best Novelist Neil Gaiman. Dim Leave-It-To-Beaver teenager Zak Gibbs has never had a tougher puzzle than how to buy a car (think: "Dude, Where's My Car?"). His inventor father left a weird wristwatch among his gadgets. When Zak puts it on, he soon discovers that it can stop the world around him, freezing everyone and everything in place while he moves through hypertime. He and his purportedly clever girlfriend Francesca waste this amazing opportunity with pathetic practical jokes. Soon, they are in over their heads, because they are not the only ones maneuvering in hypertime. Juvenile and disappointing.
  27. The Cold Room (1984): mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page "A young woman visiting East Berlin is transported back in time to World War II when she enters a strange room behind her hotel room's wall."
  28. Command and Conquer: Red Alert (1996)(Video Game)
  29. Conceiving Ada (1997) Low-budget avant-garde, a film by Lynn Hershman Leeson, with Tilda Swinton, Karen Black, Dr. Timothy Leary (the Harvard Psych prof/LSD guru/software philosopher), and Reverend John Perry Barlow (Grateful Dead lyricist, Electronic Freedom Foundation). Opened 19 Feb 1997 (?) in San Francisco, 26 Feb 1997 (?) in New York. I hate to admit it, but I never caught the underground oddity. But it does have time travel...
  30. Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1989)(TV) various remakes need to be added here {to be done}
  31. Crime Traveller (1997): mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page "Detective Jeff Slade teams up with scientist Holly Turner, who has created a time machine that can travel back a matter of hours. Together they solve mysteries using the device."
  32. The Ultimate Science Fiction Web Guide adds: "Sounds like an uneasy blend of 'Nancy Drew' with 'Tom Swift.' The May 2000 film 'Frequency' does a very good job of using trans-temporal technology with police procedural hunt for a serial killer..."
  33. Daleks': Invasion Earth 2150 A.D. (1966): mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page "Doctor Who spinoff movie, featuring a 'Doctor' not in the original series.
  34. Dimension 5 (1966): mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page "An American intelligence agent, aided by a Chinese-American female agent, uses a time-travel belt to thwart Chinese operatives who are attempting to import to Los Angeles the materials to make an atomic bomb."
  35. Doctor Who (1996)(TV)
  36. Donnie Darko (2001) The disturbed (schizophrenic?) medicated Junior High School teenager Donnie Darko, during the 1988 Presidential Election, sleepwalks out of his Middlesex, Iowa, home one night. He is confronted by a huge rabbit-demon named Frank who warns him that the world will end "in 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes, and 12 seconds." The next morning, as he heads home, he is shocked to find that a jet plane's turbine engine has crashed through his roof and bedroom. His vaguely dysfunctional family, and more totally dysfunctional school are no help to his attempts to figure out why he survived, and how to save the world. The creepy bunny becomes his guru, leading him to subversive and destructive acts that escalate from overcoming the school bully, a knee-jerk conservative Health Ed teacher, and a smarmy self-help lecturer (Patrick Swayze as the cultish head Jim Cunningham of the "Controlling Fear" seminars, which have entranced many in the town), to vandalism, career-destruction, flooding the school, and arson against a sexually perverted writer. That writer is the epitome of specialization -- Donnie Darko insists that things are not so simple -- one must recognize the entire spectrum of human emotions. The subtle plot eventually discloses that Donnie Darko did actually die in "our" universe, and he's in a strange parallel alternate reality. He is faced with an ultimate choice: save the world by sacrificing himself, or save himself in the tangent world by dooming his home universe. The ending resolves as weird a set of paradoxes as have ever been paradoctored. Donnie Darko is directed by Richard Kelly, and well-acted by Jake Gyllenhaal as the title character Hip, clever, ironic, and unique. Cool sound track, too. Recommended.
  37. Dragon's Lair II: Timewarp (1991)(VG) Videogame
  38. Dreamcatcher (2003) Director: Lawrence Kasdan; Adapted: from the novel by Stephen King; Screenplay: William Goldman & Lawrence Kasdan; Executive Producer: Bruce Berman; Starring: Morgan Freeman as Col. Abraham Curtis; Damien Lewis as Prof. Gary "Jonesy" Jones; Thomas Jane as Dr. Henry Devlin; Jason Lee as Joe "Beaver" Clarendon; Timothy Olyphant as Pete Moore; Tom Sizemore as Capt. Owen Underhill; Andrew Robb as Young Duddits; Production Companies: Castle Rock Entertainment [USA]; NPV Entertainment [USA]; SSDD Films Inc. [Canada]; Village Roadshow Prods. [Australia]; Special Effects: Industrial Light & Magic; Steve Johnson's Edge FX; Length: 136 minutes (134 in USA); Rated: R; Genres: Alien/Telepathy/Horror/Sci-Fi/Military/Male-Bonding; Plot Summary: The critics simply "did not get" this movie. That's because few of them read the thick novel of the same name by Stephen King. It is actually one of the best screen adaptations of King, and compresses most of its subplots into a complicated and fast-paced thoughtful action-adventure film, a rare combination indeed. The critics also couldn't tell if this was Horror or Sci-Fi. It's neither. It is true Science Fiction. The critics also condemned the film as derivative, and a rehash of King's favorite themes. Actually, the film captures King's unique spin on each otherwise familiar element. Four closely-bonded men, having a hard time with life, meet for their annual drinking/hunting getaway in the remote Maine woods. At first, the foursome from fictional Derry, Maine, are threatened only by a blizzard. But things go unhinged when a disoriented stranger staggers in. The four already have mid-life crises to contend with, and ready to talk them out at "Hole in the Wall." Comic/Sad Beav has problems with the opposite sex; Henry, a bookish psychiatrist, is close to suicide. Pete has slipped into beery alcoholism. Jonesy has weird premonitions, ever since a hallucination almost caused him to die as a pedestrian hit by a car. But the stranger talks about lights in the sky, wild animals with odd red patches migrate past the cabin, and the stranger has something bloody moving around inside him, which kills him horribly. What was it, and how can they fight it? And is the greater danger inside or outside? The story takes on paranormal tones as they recall the heroic act that bound them together, in childhood. They'd saved an apparent idiot, Duddits, from being tortured by school football-team bullies. But the idiot is something more unusual, and the four have even stranger powers as a result. Soon we are plunged into a nightmare of interplanetary aliens with either shape-shifting or telepathic powers, or both, and something deadly that is either symbiote or not, and a fast-growing red fungus. And is the secret military hero leading forces against the aliens a real hero, or a psychotic vigilante? Nothing is quite what it seems. And the blizzard bears down on all. Who will prevail: the aliens, or the Colonel? Will the Colonel destroy the town to save it, kill innocent civilians, or even nuke Maine? And has an alien taken over one of the four friends' minds, or become lost in the man's mental warehouse? And what about spreading the alien invasion through the water supply? This is a tricky and exciting film. My wife and I loved it. So did Stephen King, who often hates his screen adaptations. The critics miss the boat completely. Recommended.
  39. Drivetime, The (1995): Director: Antero Alli (who also appears as an actor) Screenplay: Antero Alli & Rob Brezsny Stars: Cristien Storm, Kristen Kozmas 88 minutes, USA, Independent production, Drama/Fantasy "Opencity" (New York, 25 October 1999) told ISFDB: "Antero Alli's brilliant, eccentric sci-fi commentary on a society whose obsession with telecommunications is mirrored by its increasing failure to relate on a person-to-person basis. Shot on a micro-budget, the film literally soars with an extraordinary screenplay rich in wit and irony, spiced with a remarkable music score that flavors the visual and intellectual genius depicted on-screen. Clearly one of the best underground films of the 1990s." Film.com: Tonight We're Going to Party Like It's 1999, by Teresa Parks: "1999. And Seattle looks suspiciously like it does now...a world of infomercials, CD-ROMs, newsgroups, webnets, netwebs...and confused media rebel artists trying to penetrate the hard screen and make their own meaning. Intended as the first videofilm in a trilogy, The Drivetime... is an engrossing fable about the possible effects of information overglut and cocooned reality withdrawal. "In 1999, "The Televisionary Terrorist NetWeb" serves as part of a government sponsored broadcast system through which people have vicarious experiences in DRIVETIME - an untouchable place where 'daytime' and 'dreamtime' interesect - instead of leaving the assurance of their ultra-high-security-patrolled living quarters. People called 'stringers' videorecord footage of police riots and street festivals to manipulate into cyberspace dreams to broadcast for voyeuristic pleasure. Media has reached the saturation point, or as Baudrillard would have said, 'the hyperreal,' where people consume much more than they produce. Others work against this techno-tyranny. Zola [Susan Mansfield] is involved in 'Telepathics Anonymous', a group for those 'addicted to real connection between people in a world that is rapidly disappearing into virtual on-line communities'; her lover, Vid [Michael George], struggles spiritually with his servile stringer job. "Alli is extremely effective in portraying a technocratic world without excessive use of special effects or overdramatization, (a contrast to Oliver Stone's overwrought Natural Born Killers). The devices he uses to reveal the technological overstructure - bites of commercial entertainment services, rumors of weapons testing behind the moon, hidden rituals in the Oddfellows Temple, and persons huddled alone in their rooms speaking to monitors - is emotionally evocative and probing. And it's not paranoid or ultra-utopian either, which is a constant danger with this sort of theme. And as an added bonus, The Drivetime features plenty of Seattle musicians and performance artists such as Kristen Kosmas, Cristien Storm, Cyndia Pickering, and a comic-ritualistic group, 'The Menstrual Temple of the Funky Grail' that makes this videofilm even more engaging to watch. See The Drivetime and 'turn on the TV inside yourself'."
  40. The Erotic Time Machine (2002)(Video) X-rated for woman-woman action, introducing Kelli Summers. The Time Travel frame-plot is just an excuse for Seduction Cinema anthologizing of scenes you don't want the under-aged, or Attorney General Ashcroft, to watch. Basically here to warn you not to be fooled by the title into expecting a real plot.
  41. Event Horizon (1997) An attempt to combine interstellar travel with time travel and mesh a science fiction look and plot with a Horror film pacing and emotionalism. Uneasy cross-genre result, with several admittedly impressive visuals and intense bloody scenes. Could have been so much better...
  42. Evil Dead II (1987): see: "Army of Darkness (1993)", also known as "Evil Dead 3: Army of Darkness"
  43. Final Countdown, The (1980) mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page "Interesting plot, in which an aircraft carrier is sent back to the Pacific Ocean just before Pearl Harbor is attacked in 1941. Do they have a duty to try to change history and win the war right then and there? Or should they allow history to remain as it is? An interesting moral discussion and the special effects are good. (Starring Kirk Douglas and Martin Sheen)."
  44. Frankenstein Unbound (1990): Fine adaptation of the even better novel by Brian Aldiss.
  45. Freejack (1992): Fun film from the fine novel by Norman Spinrad. Surprisingly good acting by Mick Jagger. mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page as "A maniacal billionaire wants to transfer his mind into a younger body. To do this, he takes the body of a race car driver who is about to die in the past, and brings him into the future, just before his car is destroyed in a race. Look for Mick Jagger as the billionaire's security chief. Emilio Estevez is the driver."
  46. Frenchman's Farm: Australian (English language) film, 100 minutes runtime, color, Dolby sound mix Director: Ron Way Screenplay: James Fishburn & Ron Way Runtime: Australia:100 Summary written by Brian J. Wright (tyrannorabbit@hotmail.com): "An Australian woman's car breaks down in the country, and when she goes to get help, she's whisked back in time to 1944 and witnesses a murder. Returning to her car, time reverts to normal, but unable to convince anyone of her story, she investigates the crime herself." The Ultimate Science Fiction Web Guide adds: "Frequency (2000) does a better job of combining time paradoxes with murder investigations." Cast includes: * Ray Barrett as Harry Benson * Alexander Black as Archives clerk * Andrew Blackman as John Mainsbridge * Tui Bow as Miss Morton * Phil Brock as John Hatcher * Robert Eastgate as Second detective * Gennifer Flowers (NOT President Clinton's ex-girlfriend) as Mrs. Grenville * Laurence Hodge as Man at telephone * Maurice Hughes as Country Policeman * Andrew Johnston as William Morris * Penny Jones as Programmer * Norman Kaye as Reverend Andershot * Ian Leigh-Cooper as Librarian * Kym Lynch as George Slater * John Meillon as Bill Dolan * Errol O'Neill as Programmer * David Reyne as Barry Norden * Lynne Schofield as Madame Cheveraux * Keith Scott as Radio announcer * Tracey Tainsh as Jackie Grenville * Rod Warren as TV newsman * Bill Watson as Farmer Review by Calvacade of Schlock: "Frenchmen in Australia? Another Aussie horror film? Where are these movies coming from? Please don't answer that. A woman's car breaks down in the Australian countryside, which is being devastated by uncontrollable brush fires. She's whisked back to 1944 and witnesses a murder. By the time she gets back to her car, time's back on track, but of course nobody believes her, and she has to investigate the matter herself. It's a fairly intriguing setup, and for the most part reasonably well executed. The mystery unfolds well for the most part, although there's a subplot involving two bumbling cops and their 'malfunctioning' crime computer which I could have done without. There's quite a bit of good atmosphere, although there's no gore or sex or really any violence to speak of, except for this great decapitation at the beginning. Extra points for the creepy smile on the face of one guy whose head is in a guillotine. Really awful pop music mars this one, though, and overall one's left with an impression of how much better the film could have been with more focus from its makers. Still, not bad overall."
  47. From Time to Time (1992): Also Known As: * Timekeeper (1992) * Le Visionarium (1992) (France) Color Short (18 minutes) French/American (English/French language versions) Production Companies: Walt Disney Productions (aka Walt Disney Pictures) and Theme Park Productions Shown only at Disney World, EuroDisney, and other Disney theme parks) Director: Jeff Blyth Special Effects: Rhythm & Hues Summary expanded from David Mullich (dmullich@aol.com): "The Timekeeper [Robin Williams] has invented the world's first functional time machine and sends his sidekick, a flying robot named 9-Eyes, on an excursion through time from the prehistoric age of the dinosaurs to fantastic cities of the future. Along the way 9-Eyes kidnaps Jules Verne [Michel Piccoli] and hears Mozart with his first composition, watches Leonardo da Vinci [Franco Nero] paint a masterpiece, takes a bobsled ride down a mountain, and meets fellow inventor H.G. Wells [Jeremy Irons]." Starring: * Patrick Bauchau * Nathalie Baye * Gerard Depardieu as Paris Airport Employee * Jeremy Irons as H.G. Wells * Franco Nero as Leonardo da Vinci * Rhea Perlman as voice of 9-Eye * Michel Piccoli as Jules Verne * Jean Rochefort as Louis XV * Robin Williams as Timekeeper
  48. Grand Tour, The (1992)(TV): mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page as "The Grand Tour: Disaster in Time (1992): A widower who is about to open a small inn is greeted by strange guests who insist on renting some rooms even though the inn is still under construction. He accepts, but begins to suspect that something about them isn't quite right. Yup, they're time travellers, and what he finds out shocks him. He must do something to redeem himself and soothe his tortured conscience (I don't want to give ANYTHING away on this one, because this is a high quality film, despite an obvious paradox.)"
  49. Hellraiser: Bloodline (1996)
  50. Herrliche Zeiten im Spessart (1967): Country: West Germany (German language) Color, 105 minutes Director: Kurt Hoffmann Screeplay: Günter Neumann Comedy / Sci-Fi with Time Travel plot Starring: * Liselotte Pulver as Anneliese * Harald Leipnitz as Frank Green Other Cast includes: * Vivi Bach as Rosalinde * Hannelore Elsner as Johanna * Tatjana Sais as Frau Mummelmann * Joachim Teege as Hugo * Rudolf Rhomberg as Onkel Max * Hans Richter as Toni * Kathrin Ackermann as Katrin * Klaus Schwarzkopf as Roland * Peter Capell as Burgermeister * Paul Esser as Monch * Sibille Gilles, Ewald Wenck, Erich Fiedler...
  51. It's About Time (1966): mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page "Two astronauts, after breaking the speed of light, accidently travel back in time to prehistoric Earth. Unable to return, they make friends with the "natives".
  52. La Jetee (1962) see the remake "Twelve Monkeys"
  53. Journey to the Center of Time (1967)
  54. Karate Cop (1991)
  55. Kate and Leopold (2002?) Director: James Mangold; Screenplay: James Mangold, Steven Rogers; Producer: Cathy Konrad; Production Design: Mark Friedberg; Cinematography: Stuart Dryburgh; Editor: James M. Micthell; Music: Rolfe Kent; Length: 2 hours 1 minute; Rating: PG-13; Distributor: Miramax; Starring: Meg Ryan as Kate McKay; Hugh Jackman as Leopold; Liev Schreiber as Stuart Bessler; Natasha Lyonne as Darci; Bradley Whitford as J. J. Camden; Genres: Sci-Fi/Romance/Comedy; Plot Summary: For stupid reasons, the crux of the Time Travel paradox (intergenerational incest, as well-probed in "Up The Line" in print by Robert Silverburg) was cut after release, and so the film you can see makes no sense. Oh, wait. It would have made no sense anyway. And it's so cute it's sickening. And yet, and yet, the production design and photography is so good, that there is almost a film worth seeing. So wait for the Director's Cut. Dashing inventor/aristocrat Leopold, aburdly purported to have invented the elevator, leaves a tony party to celebrate the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge in 1876, in order to chase mysterious stranger Stuart Bessler, whereupon both fall off the new bridge into the East River between Brooklyn and Manhattan. Leopold climbs out, wet, and finds himself in 2001. In the original version which you can't see, Stuart Bessler is revealed as Leopold's great-great-grandson. They have fallen through a once-a-week opened time portal. Stuart's starved-for-romance former girlfriend Kate McKay, a focus-group consultant, lives upstairs. Stuart runs off for an errand, and falls down an elevator shaft which is empty because he vanished from 1876 and thus the elevator was never invented. So, one ponders, why have buildings been built for over a century with empty elevator shafts? Andy why, if Stuart fled 1876 unmarried, how does he have a great-great-grandson in 2001? And how can Leopold sing a number from "The Pirates of Penzance" (written 1879) and best Kate's boss/suitor J. J. Camden with trivia about the opera "La Boheme" (written 1896)? These are not clever clues. rather, this is an "idiot plot" -- as proven by Leopold never bothering to get the facts from his host, Stuart, in the hospital. The producer and director think we're idiots too, hoping that we are charmed by Leopold taking to manhattan of 2001 like a duck takes to water, selling butter on TV, catering swank parties, and moving in seuctively on Kate. Incest with one's great-great-grandmother? On the cutting room floor, along with any shred of logic.
  56. Kid in King Arthur's Court, A (1995): see: "Unidentified Flying Oddball" (1979)
  57. The Langoliers (1995)(TV): Also Known As: Stephen King's The Langoliers (1995) (TV) 180 minutes (first saired as 2-part TV miniseries) USA (English language) Color, Ultra Stereo, PG-13 Director: Tom Holland Screenplay: Tom Holland and Stephen King Story: Stephen King (from his collection "Four Past Midnight") Producers: Mitchell Galin, David R. Kappes (executive), Richard P. Rubinstein (executive) Original music: Vladimir Horunzhy Cinematographer: Paul Maibaum Film Editor: Ned Bastille Production Design: Evelyn Sakash Art Director: Harry Darrow Costume Designer: Linda Fisher (I) First Assistant Director: Michael Green Second United Director: David R. Kappes Sound Department: Neil Cedar, foley recordist Sound editor: Tony Pipitone Special Effects Supervisor (Pyro/Mech): Vincent Montefusco Special Effects: Beecher Tomlinson Other Crew: Steven Caouette (assistant to Mr. Pinchot) David R. Kappes (camera operator: second unit) R. Kappes (location manager) Eric Lee (still photographer) Pamela Williamson (assistant location manager) Genre: Sci-Fi / Time-travel / Airplane / Monsters The Ultimate Science Fiction Web Guide's staff unanimously enjoyed this when it aired on TV, yet on-line reviews run hot and cold. Plot Summary for ISFDB written by Anonymous: "A blind girl, a teacher, a machine worker, a musician, a stoner, a mystery writer, a businessman, a mysterious Englishman, and a raving psychopath in a business suit on a flight to Boston find themselves utterly alone when the rest of the passengers and all of the crew vanish. Diverting the plane to Bangor, Maine, they discover that they seem to be the only people left on the planet, and that time and the Langoliers are catching up with them all too quickly..." Plot Summary written for ISFDB by Brian Barjenbruch (brianb1@home.com) "When a plane passes through a mysterious time warp, all but a few onboard vanish. The survivors manage to land, and discover that time seems to stand still--and the mysterious Langoliers are in hot pursuit. The Langoliers' job is to erase moments in time that have already passed into history. The survivors still exist because they were asleep when the plane passed through the warp, and they determine that if they can all be asleep once again when the plane returns, they will survive. However, one passenger must remain awake--and doomed to die--to pilot the plane on its return through the warp..." Mutant Reviewers from Hell: "In the movie, 10 strangers awaken amidst their flight from LA to Boston. All the other passengers are gone, as are the crew and the pilots. The plane is fine and luckily one of the 10 survivors is a pilot. At first they assume that the plane landed and everybody else got off, but the pilot points out that there's no way a plane could land or take off without a pilot. They also start to realize that there's no one on the ground, because the radio only picks up static and the lights of major cities, like Denver, can't be seen from the plane. If I tell much more plot, it'll give away the neat parts of the movie, but this is definitely one of my favorite Stephen King movies. There are some great performances given by Bronson Pinchot (Balchy from 'Perfect Strangers') and Dean Stockwell (Al from 'Quantum Leap'). I never knew Balchy could be so creepy. Also, the whole concept behind what happened to these 10 people isn't something that had ever even crossed my mind until I saw this movie. I'm not saying it's the greatest movie ever, but I liked it a lot and it's worth viewing." Didja Notice? * Stephen King has a pretty funny cameo towards the end of the movie. * How much King relies on kids and the infirmed as heroes? * Laurel claims that Los Angeles is deserted, yet cars can be seen moving. At-A-Glance Film Review: "This three hour TV movie could have been shortened to 90 minutes if the stars didn't spend so much time looking open-mouthed at the weird happenings they encounter. Even when time is of the essence and their lives hang in the balance, if something fantastic is going on, everybody stops what they're doing and gawks as if time stands still while they aren't actively doing something productive. I've come to the conclusion that Stephen King should be banned from attempting science fiction. His ideas for The Langoliers are intriguing enough for it to be frustrating when his execution of the ideas falls flat on his face. Lapses in logic are commonplace, and no explanation is given for anything that happens. Among the very few redeeming qualities is Bronson Pinchot as a very intense, disturbed airline passenger." The Video Graveyard: "Originally airing in two parts this TV adaptation of Stephen King's novella has nine airline passengers going through a time-rift and being caught fifteen minutes in the past. So while they try and figure out what's happened to them they have to contend with mental businessman Bronson Pinchot and the toothy creatures of the title. Overlong telefilm takes a nugget of a decent idea from King's story and stretches it out into this fairly tedious affair that suffers from some poor dialogue and weak computer effects. Heck even the title creatures are only in this for about five minutes. Pretty poor and not worth seeing." Cast includes: * Patricia Wettig as Laurel Stevenson * Dean Stockwell as Bob Jenkins * David Morse as Brian Engle * Mark Lindsay Chapman as Nick Hopewell * Frankie Faison as Don Gaffney * Baxter Harris as Rudy Warwick * Kimber Riddle as Bethany Simms * Christopher Collet as Albert Kaussner * Kate Maberly as Dinah Bellman * Bronson Pinchot as Craig Toomy * Tom Holland as Harker * Julie Arnold Lisnet as Aunt Vicki * Michael Louden as Richard Logan * Kymberly Dakin as Doris Heartman * David Forrester as Danny Keene
  58. The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask (2000)(Videogame) also known as Zelda: Mask of Majora; also known as Zeruda no densetsu: Mujura no kamen. Japan. {to be done} awaiting analysis by my 14-year-old son.
  59. Lilovyj shar (1987): Also Known As: Purple Ball, The (1987) Soviet Union (Russian language) Color film Production Company: Gorky Film Studios [Russia] Director: Pavel Arsenov Screenplay: Kir Bulychyov Genres: Fantasy / Sci-Fi / Time-travel / Space-travel / Virus / Dragon / Magic Summary edited from Boris Shafir (shafir@hsi.com) "Alisa Seleznyova [Natalya Guseva] and her father Professor Seleznyov [Boris Shcherbakov] are traveling in space. They meet their old friend archaeologist Gromozeka [Vyacheslav Nevinnyj], who's just discovered a planet all inhabitants of which died. It became known that they discovered a virus of hostility, got infected and killed each other. Gromozeka also discovered that they had left the virus on Earth 26000 years ago, and the virus is about to become loose. The only chance to save the Earth is to travel 26000 years back in time - to the epoch when witches, dragons and magicians lived along with usual people." Cast includes: * Natalya Guseva as Alisa Seleznyova * Aleksandr Gusev as Gerasik * Vyacheslav Nevinnyj as Gromozeka * Boris Shcherbakov as Professor Seleznyov * Vyacheslav Baranov as Zelyonyj * Svetlana Kharitonova as Baba Yaga * Igor Yasulovich as Kashchey * Viktor Pavlov as Lyudoed ("Man Eater") * Sergei Nikonenko as Konoyed * Vladimir Nosik as Volshebnik ("Magician") Uuuh * Marina Levtova as Tsarevna-Lyagushka
  60. Lost In Space (1998): mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page "Loosely based on the 1960s TV show, it was panned by the critics. It features a time travel sequence, which is crucial to the plot. (I'm assuming, since I didn't see it during the 4 days it was in the theatres!)".
  61. Millennium (1989): mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page "A future time-travelling society infiltrates the past to take bodies of those who are about to die on plane crashes. Stars Kris Kristofferson. The best parts take place in the 'present', and the somewhat lame explanation of paradoxes (and the resulting 'time quakes') mar the film, slightly. Also - a hokey ending. ('Goof': Watch her hair when she enters the bar, then when inside. She got quite a perm in that doorway!!)" The Ultimate Science Fiction Web Guide says this about the novel on which the film is based: (screenplay by and from the novel by John Varley) Millennium links to 4 reviews Millennium Hugo Award 1984 Finalist, Locus Poll Award 1984 Finalist
  62. Minority Report (2002): mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page "Because of future technology they have somehow obtained, a police division arrests people before they commit crimes. But the tables are turned when one cop finds himself arrested for a future crime. He must find out what he is accused of doing, and stop it. (The film, based upon a Philip K. Dick story, isn't the result of such viewing technology! It was found on Internet Movie Data Base!)"
  63. Miraklet i Valby (1989): Also Known As: Miracle in Valby, The (1989) Runtime: Denmark: 80 minutes / Netherlands: 85 minutes Countries: Denmark (Danish language) / Sweden Certification: Finland:K-8 / Sweden:7 Eastmancolor, Dolby Director: Ake Sandgren Screenplay: Stig Larsson & Ake Sandgren Production Companies: Svenska Filminstitutet (SFI) [Sweden], Det Danske Filminstitut [Denmark], Esselte, Nordisk Film [Denmark] Winner, 1990 Guldbagge Awards for Best Direction, Best Film, and Best Screenplay Winner, 1990 Robert Festival Award for Best Cinematography (Dan Laustsen), Best Costume Design (Manon Rasmussen), Best Production Design (Henning Bahs), and Best Screenplay Genres: Time-Travel, Children Cast includes: * Jakob Katz as Sven * Troels Asmussen as Bo * Lina Englund as Petra * Amalie Ihle Alstrup as Hanna * Gregers Reimann * Jens Okking * Ingvar Hirdwall as Petra's Father * Karen-Lise Mynster as Sven's Mother * Peter Hesse Overgaard * Mona Seilitz as Petra's Mother * also: Kjeld Norgaard, Julie Wieth, Lars Bom, Nis Bank-Mikkelsen, Eric Reiss
  64. My Science Project (1985): Touchstone Pictures 94 minutes, Color, Dolby USA (English language) USA:PG / Norway:15 Director: Jonathan R. Betuel Screenplay: Jonathan R. Betuel Genre: Adventure / Sci-Fi / Time-travel Plot Summary edited from Michael Silva (silvamd@cleo.bc.edu): "Michael [John Stockwell] and Ellie [Danielle von Zerneck] break into a military junkyard to find a science project for Michael's class, and discover a strange glowing orb which absorbs electricity. When the orb begins to blend past, present, and future, it's up to Michael and Ellie to stop the orb and save mankind." The Ultimate Science Fiction Web Guide adds: blending Past, Present, and Future all at once on the same planet was done first (and better) in Fred Hoyle's novel "October the Fifth is Too Late." Cast includes: * John Stockwell as Michael Harlan * Danielle von Zerneck as Ellie Sawyer * Fisher Stevens as Vince Latello * Raphael Sbarge as Sherman * Richard Masur as Detective Jack Nulty * Barry Corbin as Lew Harlan * Ann Wedgeworth as Dolores * Dennis Hopper as Bob Roberts * Candace Silvers as Irene * Beau Dremann as Matusky * Pat Simmons as Crystal * John Vidor as Jock #1 * Vincent Barbour as Jock #2 * Jaime Alba as Jock #3 * Robert Beer as President Eisenhower
  65. Navigator: A Mediaeval Odyssey, The (1988): mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page "In this magical film, 14th century European villagers dig a hole to the other side of the Earth to escape the coming plague - and to explain a young boy's visions of the 20th century. The villagers reach the modern world - a 20th century city - but are unable to find anything but violence and confusion. The interaction between the characters and modern life is enchanting and believable, and you'll be rooting for the characters."
  66. Nino Invisible, El (1995): Production Company: Xaloc & Benjamin 80 minutes, Color, Dolby Country: Spain (location shooting in Toledo, Spain), Spanish Language Director: Rafael Moleon Screenplay: Aurora Guerra Story: Manolo Matji (as Manuel Matji) Producers: Federico Bermudez de Castro, Manolo Matji Original Music: Bom Bom Chip, Jose' Carlos Parada Cinematographer: Hans Burman Production Designer: Miguel Chicharro Costume Designer: Nereida Bonmati' Makeup Artist: Jose' Antonio Sanchez Sound: Miguel Rejas Genres: Time-travel / Adventure / Musical / Children / Middle-ages ISFDB says: "A group of children find a magic stone that transports them to the [12th] century." Hotlink to Ultimate SFWG page on 12th Century {to be done} Staring: * Bom Bom Chip * Pedro Mari Sanchez * Laura Cepeda * Lidia San Jose' * Joaquin Climent * Carmen Godoy Cast also includes: * Carlos Caniowski * Jose Luis Cid De Rivera * Cristina Hervas * Chete Lera * Rebeca Marcos * Sergio Martin * Gary Piquer * Estela Sala
  67. Norman's Awesome Experience (1988): Also Known As: Switch in Time, A (1988) 87 minutes, Color, US/Canadian production (USA:PG-13) Languages: English / Latin (!) the only known Sci-Fi feature with Latin dialogue Location Shooting in: Lanin National Park, Argentina Director: Paul Donovan Screeplay: Paul Donovan Independent Production Companies: Norstar Entertainment Inc.; Salter Street Films Genres: Comedy / Sci-Fi / Roman / Time-travel For an earlier Roman Time-travel Comedy, see: 'Roman Scandals' (1933) Summary edited from Tom Zoerner (Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de): "Through the experiment of a crazy scientist [Brian Downey as Doctor NobleMeyer], his colleague Norman [Tom McCamus], model Erica [Laurie Paton] and her photographer are sent back in time to the Romans. They arrive in a small village, controlled by the Roman Septimus Fabius [David Hemblen] and a fat village mayor. They teach the people the Rock'n Roll... and revolution. Of course the Romans don't appreciate their efforts - will Norman's Know How save them? " The Ultimate Science Fiction Web Guide adds: "Interesting how Rock & Roll is part of so many time travel films, including 'Star Trek: First Contact', 'Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure', 'Star Trek: First Contact', and the first 'Back to the Future' film (where Marty McFly paradoxically time-loops Rock by playing it at the school prom (as 'oldies') so that Chuck Berry could hear it, through telephone, and create the same thing he's heard, which was based on him. Perhaps a combination of mere targeting of an adolescent movie-viewer demographic with two different artistic attempts to deal with alienation, wish fulfilment, and Romantic escapism." Cast includes: * Tom McCamus as Norman * Laurie Paton as Erica * Jacques Lussier as Umberto * David Hemblen as Septimus Fabius * Lee Broker as Marcus Titanus * Marcos Woinsky as Serpicus * Gabriela Salos as Felix * Brian Downey as Doctor NobleMeyer * Armand Capo as Blacksmith * Enrique Latorre as Neron * Jorge Luis Estrella as Grand Priest * Jacques Arndt as Administrator * Theodore McNabney as Chief of the Scientists * Bill Carr as Guard at the Laboratory Gate * Marcello Serre as Britannicus
  68. Peggy Sue Got Married (1986): mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page "In a thinly-veiled attempt to be a female version of 'Marty McFly', [Back to the Future] a much too-old Kathleen Turner plays the teen-aged 'Peggy Sue', who goes back to the 1950s and inhabits her own body. What follows is a weak plot and silly, predictable hindsight remarks about getting married and her father buying an Edsel. She is transported back to her own time in the most ridiculous manner. (Don't look for complicated physics here, think, 'wacky lodge ritual'). The 'wrap up' of this film - showing how things change (if they do at all - it's not too clear) isn't as satisfying as in 'Back to the Future', either." The Ultimate Science Fiction Web Guide adds: "Two nice touches in a flawed film: (1) plausible stumbling into anachronism by the protagonist when, for example, she asks in a store for 'Panty Hose'; (2) wish fulfilment moment when, challenged by a teacher in Math class, the protagonist says: 'I happen to know for a fact that I will never, in my entire adult life, need Algebra.' Of course, that's exactly the difference between Fantasy and Science Fiction. Algebra matters!"
  69. Philadelphia Experiment, The (1984): mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page "In 1943, a battleship in Philadelphia is part of an experiment trying to make it invisible to radar. Instead, it's sent into a time vortex, where many men are hurt or killed. Two men jump overboard, and find themselves flung ahead in time to Nevada in 1984, where further experiments are taking place. The shock of them adapting to modern life is enjoyable to watch. Just a note: this film is supposedly based upon a real event."
  70. The Philadelphia Experiment II (1993): mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page "Nine years after the events of the first film, it turns out that the experiment has been reinitiated. Using the time-traveling capabilities of the experiment, a scientist sends a Stealth Bomber back to Nazi Germany, where his father - also a scientist - uses it to win the war for Germany. One of the protagonists of the first film, living in 1993, is thrust into a parallel universe caused by the change in history. Interesting exploration of parallel universes and paradox - especially the 'grandfather/father paradox'. Though the Nazi version of America is somewhat cartoonish and stereotypical, and there's a flaw or two regarding paradoxes, it's a well-filmed story." The Ultimate Science Fiction Web Guide adds: "Your Humble Webmaster was the uncredited and unpaid Technical Advisor on this film, after Dr. Thomas McDonough, who'd been Technical Advisor on the first film was unavailable and recommended me. I did numerous Story Conferences and research, and was ripped off by the Producer, and I dare the bastard to take me to court for saying so!"
  71. Playing Beatie Bow (1986)
  72. Quantum Leap (1989) (TV)
  73. Retroactive (1997): mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page
  74. Roman Scandals (1933): 85 minutes, Black and White, Mono sound, English language, Unrated Director: Frank Tuttle Story: George S. Kaufman Screenplay: William Anthony McGuire Production Company: Samuel Goldwyn Company Distributor: United Artists Genre: Comedy / Musical/ Time-travel Starring: * Eddie Cantor as Eddie * Ruth Etting as Olga * Gloria Stuart [elderly star of 'Titanic'!] as Princess Sylvia * Edward Arnold as Emperor Valerius * David Manners as Josephus * Verree Teasdale as Empress Agrippa * Alan Mowbray as Majordomo * Jack Rutherford as Manius * Willard Robertson as Warren F. Cooper * Lee Kohlmar as Storekeeper Cast also includes (alphabetically): * Bonnie Bannon as Woman * Dolores Casey as Woman * Jane Hamilton as Woman * Gigi Parrish as Woman * Leo Willis as Torturer "Eddie imagines himself back in ancient Rome where he uncovers corruption similar to his small town in this musical comedy choreographed by Busby Berkeley. Eddie's clothes are found on statues in West Rome's new museum. Its builder Cooper pays off the mayor and chief of police. Eddie (Eddie Cantor) tells the people displaced by the new jail project to live there and sings 'Build a Little Home.' Eddie criticizes Cooper for building the museum and jail, but he is escorted out of town by the police. Eddie finds himself in ancient Rome and is soon tied up for insulting Empress Agrippa. He is sold in the slave market to Josephus (David Manners), who calls him Oedipus. Olga (Ruth Etting) is to be sold and sings 'No More Love.' Naked women covered with their long hair are chained while other women dance. Josephus lets Oedipus handle his whip, accidentally knocking down the Majordomo (Alan Mowbray). Oedipus runs after the captured British princess Sylvia (Gloria Stuart) and is imprisoned. Emperor Valerius (Edward Arnold) wants his slave Olga back. A prisoner gives Oedipus lava gas to make him laugh. Josephus comes to free Sylvia and Oedipus, but Valerius makes him leave. Valerius tells Sylvia she must stay in prison until she desires him; she agrees to go to the palace when Valerius promises not to hurt her people. The lava gas affects Oedipus and then his torturers and the emperor. Valerius is about to drink with Agrippa (Verree Teasdale), but his food taster dies. Oedipus tells Valerius and Agrippa about America and wins with crooked dice. Valerius hires him as his food taster. Josephus kisses Sylvia but is shot by an arrow in the arm. Agrippa summons Oedipus to her couch and wants him to poison Valerius. Valerius banishes Josephus, who tells Oedipus he will wait with a chariot for Sylvia. The Majordomo catches Oedipus trying to escape, but Oedipus pretends he can't be hurt. Oedipus hides in the women's quarters with black mud and gives Sylvia the message from Josephus. Oedipus and the women sing 'Keep Young and Beautiful.' Oedipus finds a corrupt agreement between Valerius and two senators. Agrippa tells Oedipus not to eat the poisoned bird. He sings 'Put a Tax on Love' and feeds the crocodile first. Agrippa accuses Josephus and Sylvia of poisoning the food. Olga takes Sylvia to Josephus, while Valerius orders Oedipus thrown to the lions. Josephus rides off with Sylvia, and Oedipus escapes, trying to catch them to prevent Josephus being killed at Ostia. After a dramatic chariot race on the roads Eddie wakes up in America, finding Cooper's bribe to the police chief in his pocket. This satire of various movies and the social mores of America and Rome uses humor, music, and pretty women in revealing costumes to keep the audience entranced." Copyright © 1999 by Sanderson Beck, from the web page: Movie Mirrors
  75. Running Against Time (1990)(TV): USA (English language), Color, Rated: (USA) PG / (Finland) K-8 Distributor: MCA (video) Director: Bruce Seth Green Screenplay: Robert Glass Adapted from: Stanley Shapiro's novel "A Time to Remember" Genre: Sci-Fi / JFK assassination/ Time-travel "History professor David Rhodes [Robert Hays] never has got over the death of his older brother, 1966 in Vietnam. When he hears the rumor that a famous professor [Sam Wanamaker as Doctor Koopman] is working on a time machine, he immediately contacts him and persuades him to allow him to travel back in time and correct history. If he could save President Kennedy's life, [the] Vietnam war might never have happened!" Edited from Summary written by Tom Zoerner (Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de) Starring: * Robert Hays as David Rhodes Cast also includes: * James DiStefano as Lee Harvey Oswald * Catherine Hicks as Laura Whittaker * Juanita Jennings * Brian Smiar * Wayne Tippet * Sam Wanamaker as Doctor Koopman
  76. "Samurai Jack" (2001)(TV) My 14-year-old son and I both love this stylish animation created by Gennedy Tartakovsky. In a Fantasy version of ancient Japan, the world is menaced by evil shape-shifting wizard Aku, never defeated, and having attacked other nations before Japan. Aku captures the head of a local tribe/city. The leader's son trains throughout the nations of the world in every martial arts discipline. He learns bow and arrow from Robin Hood, wrestles with the best in ancient Greece, masters spear-throwing in the Congo. At last he arrives at a temple of mythical beast/demigods. Grown up, he rejoins his mother, who gives him a sacred sword, which is the only weapon that might defeat Aku. The samurai prince attacks Aku, but is thrust through time to our future, a sort of dystopian "Jetsons" world where Aku is overlord to a panoply of aliens, high-tech robots, spaceships, and other things beyond the samurai's cognition. The samurai adopts the name "Jack" after inner city aliens first address him as "hey, Jack..." His quest is to defeat Aku, free the future, and somehow find his way back to his home country in his own time. The martial arts are the best in any animated series. The graphic style varies from episode to episode, ingeniously combining visual motifs. This moves a hundred times faster than "Dragonball-Z" and is gorgeous to look at, in a minimalist way. Recommended, not for its time travel, but for its panache.
  77. SF Shinseiki Lensman (1984) ...aka Lensman (1984) ...aka Lensman: Secret of the Lens (1984): excellent Japanimation combining Space travel and Time travel in unexpected and poignent way.
  78. Somewhere In Time (1980): mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page "In a turn of the century hotel, an aspiring actor (Christopher Reeve) wills himself back in time to 1910 in the very same hotel after falling in love with the picture of an actress, played by Jane Seymour, who once stayed there as a guest and performed in the hotel's theatre. Richard Matheson's novel, 'Bid Time Return', inspired this movie. (This is one of my favorite films!) Very well filmed movie is lush and beautifully acted."
  79. A Sound of Thunder (2004) Director: Peter Hyams; Adapted: from short story by Ray Bradbury; Screenplay: Thomas Dean Donnelly; Starring: Ben Kingsley as McCormick; Plot Summary: This classic Time Travel/Alternate History story features big game hunter Burns on a safari into the past to shoot a Tyrannosaurus Rex. he is warned not to step off the levitated metal walkway, but does so, and crushes a butterfly. That accident changes history so drastically as to wipe out humanity in the present. A team of time-track-fixers must go back to the prehistoric moment and replace the butterfly. Can history be unchanged back to our reality? A thought-provoking story, awaiting big-budget release.
  80. Sphere (1998): a great cast wasted on a confused adaptation of a derivative Michael Crichton novel.
  81. The Spirit of '76 (1991): mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page "Twenty-Second Century time travelers, distraught with their own time, try to go back to 1776 to see what went wrong in their world. Instead, they end up on 1976!"
  82. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986): mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page "The crew of the Enterprise use a captured Klingon spaceship to go back in time to 1986 San Francisco to save the Earth's whales, since this is crucial to saving 24th century Earth. The funniest, and some say the best, of the Star Trek movies."
  83. Star Trek: First Contact (1996): mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page "The Enterprise, upon encountering a Borg vessel near Earth, witnesses a pod going back in time to the 21st century, in order to prevent earthlings from developing a warp drive which will allow them to have interstellar spaceflight. They follow it, only to find the world now dominated by by the Borg. They must go back to make sure that 'First Contact' occurs between humanity and the first race in this quadrant. The time travel theme is well developed and plausible (within the Star Trek genre themes, as developed by the TV show.)" The Ultimate Science Fiction Web Guide adds: "Interesting how Rock & Roll is part of so many time travel films, including 'Star Trek: First Contact', 'Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure', and the first 'Back to the Future' film (where Marty McFly paradoxically time-loops Rock by playing it at the school prom (as "oldies") so that Chuck Berry could hear it, through telephone, and create the same thing he's heard, which was based on him; and 'Norman's Awesome Experience' (where ancient Romans are taught to Rock). Perhaps a combination of mere targeting of an adolescent movie-viewer demographic with two different artistic attempts to deal with alienation, wish fulfilment, and Romantic escapism."
  84. Star Trek: Generations (1994): mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page "A mad scientist-type creates a 'ribbon of time', in which both Captains of the Enterprise (Kirk/Picard, Shatner/Stewart) must work together. The paradoxical sommersault of a plot devise used to bring the two Captains together is a masterpiece of scriptwriting. Yet, it makes no sense at all."
  85. Terminator, The (1984)
  86. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991): mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page "The second Terminator movie. Skynet, the 21st century computer waging a losing war on humans sends a second terminator back in time to destroy the leader of the human resistance while he is still a boy. His mother is the only one who knows of the existence of Skynet's Terminators, and is in an insane asylum because of her first encounter with them. The humans send a protector back to protect the boy, John Connor, future leader of the human resistance. This film was a pioneer of many special effects, including 'morphing'. The story is told well, and relies on the viewer knowing a great deal about the first film. It's well worth renting."
  87. Terminator 2: 3-D (1996): Minute for minute, the most expensive feature ever filmed in Hollywood. Combines film, computer animation, and interaction of live actors with the audience, in special theatres (which themselves cost about $30 million). The 3-D effects were supervised by the under-rated Dr.Kenneth Jones, a Ph.D. from Caltech who has worked both for NASA and Hollywood.
  88. That Lady in Ermine (1948): mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page "Circa 1861, the ruling countess of an Italian principality is at a loss when invaded by a Hungarian army. Her lookalike ancestress, who saved a similar situation 300 years before, comes to life from a portrait to help her descendant."
  89. Three Stooges Meet Hercules, The (1962): USA (English language), Black and White Director: Edward Bernds Screenplay: Elwood Ullman Story: Norman Mauer Producer: Norman Maurer Original music: Paul Dunlap Cinematographer: Charles S. Welbourne Film Editer: Edwin H. Bryant Art Director: Don Ament Set Decorator: William F. Calvert Assistant Director: Herb Wallerstein Sound: James Z. Flaster Sound Supervisor : Charles J. Rice Narrator : Don Lamond Genre: Comedy / Fantasy / Greece / Hercules / Time-travel "Three druggists [the Stooges] travel with a Milquetoast inventor, Schuyler [Quinn K. Redeker], and his girlfriend, Diane [Vicki Trickett], to ancient Greece on a newly invented time machine.There, the evil tyrant, [George N. Neise as King Odius],takes a shine to the woman and has the guys enslaved as galley rowers using the excuse of the three druggists helping a rebel leader, Ulysses [John Cliff], escape. The rigors of the rowing pump Schuyler up into a muscleman with strength comparable to Hercules [Samson Burke] himself, who is in the employ of Odius. The threesome get the idea of raising money by promoting Schuyler as Hercules for a series of physical contests. Using a combination of his great strength and, a judicious use of a large supply of potent tranquilizers Curly-Joe brought with him, Schuyler is a success. However, this leads to trouble when the real McCoy learns about the imposter." Edited from Summary written for IMDb by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@execulink.com) Full Cast (credits order): * Moe Howard as Moe [Stooge/Druggist] * Larry Fine as Larry [Stooge/Druggist] * Joe DeRita as Curly Joe [Stooge/Druggist] * Vicki Trickett as Diane Quigley * Quinn K. Redeker as Schuyler Davis * George N. Neise as Ralph Dimsal/King Odius * Samson Burke as Hercules * The McKeever Twins as Ajax and Argo, The Siamese Cyclops * Emil Sitka as Shepherd/Refreshment Man * Hal Smith as King Theseus Of Rhodes * John Cliff as Ulysses * Lewis Charles as Achilles The Heel * Barbara Hines as Anita * Terry Huntingdon as Hecuba * Diana Piper as Helen * Gregg Martell as Simon Cast also includes (alphabetically): * Cecil Elliott as Matron (uncredited) * Edward Foster as Freddie the Fence (uncredited) * Don Lamond as Narrator (uncredited voice) * Gene Roth as Captain (uncredited) * Rusty Wescoatt as Philo (uncredited)
  90. Time After Time (1979) mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page "A young H. G. Wells, played by Malcolm McDowell, follows Jack the Ripper through time into San Francisco in 1979. He falls in love with a bank teller, played by Mary Steenbergen, and he tries to avoid her death at the hands of the Ripper. The story is good, and the clothes are sooo 70s!"
  91. Time Bandits (1980): mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page "Six dwarves and a British schoolboy use time portals to travel through Earth's history."
  92. Time Barbarians (1990): mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page "A medieval warrior chases a bad guy to modern day Los Angeles to avenge the death of his wife."
  93. Time Chasers (1994): mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page "An inventor comes up with a time machine, but must  prevent its abuse at the hands of an evil CEO."
  94. Time Flies (1944): mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page "A minor music hall star uses a professor's time machine to go back to the days of Queen Elizabeth I."
  95. Time Machine, The (1960) Steven's Time Travel Page says: "An adaptation of H. G. Wells's novel. Starring Rod Taylor as H. G. ('George') Wells, the inventor of a time machine with which he travels to the future. The movie's special effects, though dated by today's standards, won Oscars.
  96. Time Runner (1993): mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page
  97. The Time Travellers (1964): mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page
  98. "Time Tunnel, The" (1966) TV Series
  99. Time Slip (1970): mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page "Simon and Liz were teenage siblings who fell into a time hole and found themselves trapped in various periods of the 20th century, where they encounter all sorts of adventures. Many of them involve the nefarious Commander Traynor, who is also traveling in time."
  100. Timecop (1994): mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page "Jean Claude Van Damme plays a cop who's assigned to a special unit set up to protect Time Travel from being misused. Of course he's too late, and he must go back in time to stop a corrupt Senator from manipulating the past for his own power. This film explores the paradox problem well. Look for some - but not much - of Van Damme's kickboxing skills! The film inspired the short-running CBS TV show in the fall of 1997 which was fairly well done." The Ultimate Science Fiction Web Guide adds: "The weakest part, logically, of this fairly decent film is the notion that the you from the future should never touch the you from the past, or the two will morph together into painful and soon-extinguished blob of protoplasm, shape-changing like the melting Terminator II robot. If you accept the paradox of meeting yourself (which is NOT logically inconsistent) and exchanging information with yourself, why not allow physical contact?"
  101. Timeline (2003) Director: Richard Donner; Adapted: from the novel by Michael Crichton; Screenplay: Frank A. Cappello; Starring: Paul Walker as Chris Hughes; Gerard Butler as Andre Marek; Frances O'Connor as Kate Erickson; Ethan Embry as David Stern; Billy Connoly as Professor Edward Johnson; David Thewlis as Robert Doniger; Plot Summary: Chris, Andre, Kate, and David are four college students of brilliant but eccentric Professor Edward Johnson. Working at an archaeological site in France, the Professor becomes missing. The four students are brought quickly to the US by a mysterious corporation, ITC. Insomniac ITC President Robert Doniger tells them about the Time Machine he's developed. He sends them back to rescue their professor from medieval France, or maybe an Alternate History timeline. Chris, Andre, and Kate go back in Time, while david stays in the present to deduce ITC's real motive. I didn't find the medieval stuff or the high-tech stuff credible. Where is the Michael Crichton of "Andromeda Strain"? Trapped in the wealth and power of "Jurassic Park" and "ER."
  102. Timemaster (1995): mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page
  103. Timerider (1983): mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page "A motorcycle and its rider is thrust back in time to the old west."
  104. Timestalkers (1983)(TV): mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page as "Timestalkers (1987)" [slightly different title and date] "A time-travelling woman from the 26th century convinces a modern-day college professor to help her track down her scientist father's evil associate - who's fled back to the 1800s. This has one of the neatest time travel gimmicks I've ever seen used in a TT film: The evil associate wants to get into a military facility. But it's too heavily guarded. So, he goes up on a hill, overlooking the facility. Then, he goes back in time to the 1920s- BEFORE the facility is built. Then, he walks down the hill to where the facility WILL BE built in the future. Then, he goes ahead again to the present day. Brilliant!"
  105. Trancers (1985)
  106. Trancers II (1991)
  107. Trancers III (1992)
  108. Trip, Der (1996): Also Known As: Nackte Gitarre 0,5, Die (1996) 90 minutes, Color, Germany (German language), Rated: 12 (Germany) Director: Wolfgang Buld Screenplay: Wolfgang Buld Production Company: Vision-Film Distributor: Tobis Filmkunst [Germany] Genre: Comedy / Music / Time-travel Cast includes: * Herbert Feuerstein * Hansi Jochmann * Thomas Kuhn as Dieter * Beatrice Manowski * Esther Schweins as Petra * Dagmar Trengler as Candy
  109. Turn Back the Clock (1933): mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page
  110. Twelve Monkeys (1995): mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page "Bruce Willis plays a man who lives in a world that has been ravaged by disease brought on by biological terrorism. Following leads discovered by a ruling caste of doctors, he is sent back to 1996 to prevent the 'Army of the 12 Monkeys' from carrying out their anti-human plot. The film is a perfect example of circular logic, i.e., all of the "clues" were/are sent by the person going back in time to follow-up on the clues! Besides this, the film is well-acted (see Brad Pitt as a convincing psychotic!) I'll have to see it again, because it's a bit confusing, but the ending is good." The Ultimate Science Fiction Web Guide adds: "Steve, in the above capsule review, seems to have missed the point that this film is a big-budget remake of the French very-low-budget but brilliant "La Jetee (1962)."
  111. Two Way Mirror, The (1990)(TV): Also Known As: Don't Fool with Love: The Two Way Mirror (1990) (TV) 27 minutes, Mexico (Spanish language, location shots in Mexico), Color; Director: Carlos García Agraz Screenplay: Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Susana Cato Production Companies: Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Scriptwriters' Workshop, The Fundacion del Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano, Producciones Amaranta [Mexico], RM Associates Distributor: RM Associates Genre: Drama / Romance / Short / Time-travel "Susana [Arcelia Ramirez], a beautiful young girl living in 1990, is happily looking forward to her forthcoming marriage - and has bought an antique mirror to grace her future home. Three weeks before the wedding, the mirror is delivered to her Grandmother's [María Rubio] home and taken to Susana's room. Later that day, when looking into the glass, Susana is startled to see the image of a handsome soldier [Daniel Gimenez Cacho as Lt. Nicolas de Regulo] (from 1863), instead of her own reflection. It soon becomes obvious that he can see Susana as clearly as she can see him - and life, for them both, is never quite the same again." Summary edited from David McAnally (D.McAnally@uq.net.au) Complete credited cast: * Arcelia Ramirez as Susana * Daniel Gimenez Cacho as Lt. Nicolas de Regulo * Maria Rubio as Grandmother * Victor Hugo Martín del Campo as Alonso * Antonieta Murillo Nieto as Cook * Ines Murillo Nieto as Seamstress * Garcia Vazquez Gil as Wedding Guest *Jose' Antonio Marros as Wedding Guest
  112. Two Worlds of Jennie Logan, The (1978)(TV) mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page "When a bored housewife sees a picture of herself in an attic, she is drawn to it, and wonders how it's possible. Open to the idea of time travel, she finds herself wearing an antique dress, and travelling 78 years into the past. There she meets a man who is everything her husband is not, and falls in love. But can she find true love there? Can she save her new lover from a terrible fate as the new century chimes in? Starring Lindsay Wagner and co-starring future Dallas star Linda Gray, this film is well-acted and is worth seeing."
  113. Undead, The (1957): 71 minutes, USA, English language, Black and White, Unrated Director: Roger Corman Screenplay: Charles B. Griffith, Mark Hanna Production Companies: American International Pictures (AIP), Balboa Distributors: American International Pictures (AIP) Genres: Horror / Time-travel / Hypnotism / Devil / Magic / Witch Tagline: Terror... that screams from the grave! "Two psychical researchers procure the services of a lady of the night and send her back in time under hypnosis. She finds herself in the body of a past existence - a woman in medieval times waiting to be beheaded as a witch. By avoiding this fate she unwittingly starts to alter history." Summary written for IMDb by Jeremy Perkins (jwp@aber.ac.uk) Cast Includes: * Pamela Duncan as Diana Love/Helen, the witch * Richard Garland as Pendragon * Allison Hayes as Livia * Val Dufour as Quintus Ratcliff * Mel Welles as Smolkin, the gravedigger * Dorothy Neumann as Meg Maud * Maurice Manson as Prof. Ulbrecht Olinger * Billy Barty as The Imp * Bruno VeSota as Scroop, the innkeeper * Richard Devon as Satan * Aaron Saxon as Gobbo * Don Garralt as The Knight * Dick Miller as The Leper * Paul Blaisdell as Corpse Review from : "THE UNDEAD (Roger Corman 1957) This may not come as a surprise to you, but Roger Corman was and still is infamous for making films fast and cheap. Some of them, namely 'Little Shop of Horrors' and the Poe/Price-series, have achieved cult status, while others, like 'The Undead', lie in the bywaters - which is a pity, for overall, this is one of his most charming works - probably the only one to fit that term. Apart from a few shots, the film - originally double-billed with 'Voodoo Woman' - was made entirely in an abandoned supermarket on Sunset Boulevard (or Santa Monica Boulevard, sources differ, damn those sources) in ten days for about $70,000 spent mostly for fake shrubbery and lots of fog. The film does look cheap indeed: even the main titles, often quite artistic in AIP productions of the time, are cheesy: some flames with Letraset-style titles superimposed, and a Ronald Stein score with the main instrument apparently an oscillator. No, I'm not being sarcastic, that's what Stein himself said (about his score for 'It Conquered the World' (1956)): 'I could set the frequencies and just move my hand nervously on the oscillator.' Naturally. Why not? After all, a theremin would have cost money. Anyway, who needs a budget when there's a story like this: after a short prologue with the devil (Richard Devon) informing us that we are about to see 'a story of (his) eternal work', ambitious psychologist Richard Garland (then husband of Beverly) picks up a woman of the streets (Pamela Duncan) and proceeds to hypnotize her by tickling his hand with a finger in order to lead her back to her past lives. Obviously, it's Bridey Murphy time, and we come to expect something along the lines of 'The She-Creature' (1956). But instead, screenwriter Charles Griffith, soon to write 'Little Shop of Horrors' (1960), gives us something quite different. Originally, the screenplay had been written in blank verse, but it was toned down shortly before shooting; even so, enough cod Shakespearian gems remain, as Duncan finds herself literally imprisoned in medieval England, accused of being a witch and to be beheaded at dusk. When her re-incarnated self intervenes by suggesting she knock down the guard, things rapidly go mad. Now, several commentators have complained that they could not follow the film's plot. I could, but why should I spoil the fun for you? Just a few of the ingredients: there's Mel Welles as a gravedigger spouting nursery rhymes slightly adjusted for his business, there's Allison Hayes (a delight in her other sizeable role than 'Attack of the 50 Foot Woman' (1958) - who was, of course, quite a lot more sizeable) as a real witch preparing for the Witches' Sabbath who keeps changing into a cat and back, assisted by familiar Billy Barty. The devil himself turns also up (as does Dick Miller in a cameo, with a bell around his neck). Halfways through, the psychologist feels the need to follow his patient into the past to iron things out, but apart from impressing somebody with his wrist watch, matters turn out to be much more complicated than expected, as... but, oh well, you get the picture by now, don't you? No? Well, what are you waiting for? Go and get it!"
  114. Unidentified Flying Oddball (1979): Also Known As: * Spaceman and King Arthur, The (1979) * Spaceman in King Arthur's Court, A (1979) * UFO (1979) UK (English language), Color, Rated G (USA) Director: Russ Mayberry Screenplay: Don Tait Story: very loosely based on Mark Twain's novel "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" Production Company: Walt Disney Productions (a.k.a. Walt Disney Pictures) Distributor: Buena Vista Producer: Ron Miller Original music: Ron Goodwin Cinematographer: Paul Beeson Film Editor: Peter Boita Costume Designer: Phyllis Dalton Lighting/Grip Package: Lee Lighting Ltd. Genres: Comedy / Family / Kids / Time-travel "A NASA spacecraft proves Einstein right when, travelling faster than light, it ends up near King Arthur's [Kenneth More] Camelot. On board are big-hearted Tom Trimble [Dennis Dugan] and Hermes, the look-alike robot he built. Tom immediately makes friends with pretty Alisande [Sheila White] and enemies with the awful knight Sir Nordred [Jim Dale]. It seems Nordred is out to oust Arthur, while Alisande's father is not the goose she believes him to be but is also a victim of Nordred's schemes. It's as well the Americans have arrived." Summary written by Jeremy Perkins (jwp@aber.ac.uk) Cast (in alphabetical order): * Robert Beatty as Senator Milburn * Rodney Bewes as Clarence * Kevin Brennan as Winston * Jim Dale as Sir Mordred * Dennis Dugan as Tom Trimble/Hermes * John Le Mesurier as Sir Gawain * Reg Lye as Prisoner * Ron Moody as Merlin * Kenneth More as King Arthur * Pat Roach as Oaf * Cyril Shapes as Dr. Zimmerman * Ewen Solon as Watkins * Sheila White as Alisande
  115. Virtualia Episode Five: The Dark Side (2002)(Video) Produced in Sweden. English language. X-rated?
  116. Visiteurs, Les (1993): Also Known As: Visitors, The (1993) France (French language) 107 minutes (UK) / 105 minutes (Spain) Director: Jean-Marie Poire' Screenplay: Christian Clavier, Jean-Marie Poire' Production Companies: Alpilles Productions, France 3 Cinema (FR 3), Gaumont International, Amigo Productions Distributors: Cine Company, S.A. (Spain), Lions Gate Films Inc. [formerly Cinepix Film Properties (CFP)] (Canada), Miramax Films [USA] Special Effects: Duboi Producer: Alain Terzian Original Music: Eric Levi Cinematographer: Jean-Yves Le Mener Film Editor: Catherine Kelber Production Designer: Hugues Tissandier Costume Designer: Catherine Leterrier Hair Stylist: Patrick Archambault Makeup Artist: Muriel Baurens Assistant Directors: Gilles Bannier, Isabelle Beauchesne, Laurence Coq, Paul Gueu, Pierre Guithaumou, Pierre Pochy, Gary Saint-Martin Visual Effects Supervisor: Pitof Rated: USA: R for language, France:U, UK:15, Germany:12, Spain:13, Sweden:11, Australia:M, Finland:K-12/9 Fantasy / Comedy / Time-travel Tagline: "Ils ne sont pas nes d'hier!" "A medieval nobleman [Luc Besson regular Jean Reno as Godefroy] and his squire [co-screenwriter Christian Clavier as Jacquouille] are accidentally transported [from 1123 A.D.] to contemporary times [1993] by a senile sorcerer [Pierre Vial as Wizard Eusebius]. He enlists the aid of his descendent to try to find a way to return home, all the while trying to cope with the cultural and technological changes distinguishing his time from ours." Edited from summary written by Stewart M. Clamen (clamen@cs.cmu.edu) The Australian, Reviewer: David Stratton "When Les Visiteurs opened in Paris in March 1993, it quickly became the most successful French film in 30 years, breaking box-office records all over the country. The reason isn't hard to discover: this hilariously funny film with its devastatingly simple premise combines skilful slapstick with a probing satire on contemporary manners and mores. It opens in the year 1123, with the brave knight Godefroy (played by Luc Besson regular Jean Reno). After triumphs on the battlefield he travels across the country to marry his betrothed, Frenegonde [Valerie Lemercier], accompanied by his loyal squire, Jacquouille [co-screenwriter Christian Clavier]. After an unfortunate encounter with a sorceress, resulting in an act that seriously jeopardises Godefroy's marriage and the future of his line, knight and squire quaff a magic potion that is supposed to turn the clock back, allowing Godefroy a chance to make amends. Instead, the pair are rocketed 870 years into the future, to France of the 1990s, where the knight finds that his castle is now a hotel run by Jacquart (Clavier again), a hilariously sleazy descendant of his squire. The simple but clever premise of having a pair of fish-out-of-water and rather smelly characters from the 12th century confronted by France in the 20th century, provides the basis for a string of increasingly clever, but not always politically correct, jokes, confidently handled by cowriter and director Jean-Marc Poire. The dialogue is stuffed with puns and the language is cheerfully mangled with modern yuppieisms as the newcomers speak in a semi-invented variation of ancient French. The shadow of Monty Python hovers over the often brilliantly funny exchanges, but the English subtitles have to struggle a bit to keep up with it all. (Mercifully, a cockeyed plan to have the film dubbed over by Mel Brooks has been abandoned - what a nightmare that would have been.) Much amusement is to be found as the time travellers encounter modern facilities (there's an emphasis on toilet humour), and Clavier and Lemercier, who hail from the cafe-theatres of Paris where vaudeville still enjoys popular success, bring all their experience to this enormously appealing farce. " Nominated for, and winner of, several Cesar Awards: * Winner, 1994 Cesar for Best Supporting Actress (Valérie Lemercier) * Nominated, 1994 Cesar for Best Actor (Christian Clavier, Jean Reno) * Nominated, 1994 Cesar for Best Director (Jean-Marie Poire') * Nominated, 1994 Cesar for Best Music Written for a Film (Eric Levi) * Nominated, 1994 Cesar for Best Writing - Original or Adaptation (Christian Clavier, Jean-Marie Poire') Complete Cast: * Christian Clavier as Jacquouille/Jacquart * Jean Reno as Comte Godefroy de Montmirail, dit Godefroy le Hardi * Valerie Lemercier as Beatrice/Frenegonde * Marie-Anne Chazel as Ginette la clocharde * Christian Bujeau as Jean-Pierre * Isabelle Nanty as Fabienne Morlot * Gerard Sety as Edgar Bernay * Didier Pain as King Louis VI * Jean-Paul Muel as Marechal des Logis Gibon * Arielle Semenoff as Jacqueline * Michel Peyrelon as Edouard Bernay * Pierre Vial as Wizard Eusebius/Monsieur Ferdinand * Francois Lalande as Priest * Didier Benureau as Intern Beauvin * Frederic Baptiste as Freddy * Pierre Aussedat as Chief Sergeant Morlet * Tara Gano as Witch * Stephanie Marie as Princess Kathlyn, mistress of Louis VI * Jean-Luc Caron as Ganelon * Anna Gaylor as Godfroid de Mont-Mirail's Mother * Claire Magnin as Rejuvenate's Old Woman * Eric Averlant as Brother Raoul * Jean-Pierre Clami as Restaurant's Boss * Thierry Liagre as Restaurant's Cook * David Gabison as Maitre d'hotel * Patrick Burgel as Duc de Pouille, Frenegonde's Father * Paul Bandey as Henri 1st Beauclerc, King of England * Jerome Berthoud, Amandine Boyadjian,Yohan Boyadjian Katia Delagarde, Eric Denize, Bela Gruschka, Dominique Hulin, Jean-Guillaume Le Dantec, Madeleine Marie, Andre' Raffard, Michel Scourneau, * Theophile Sowie as The Postman * Nadia Vasil, Katja Weitzenbock, Olivier Wojciechowski
  117. The Visitors (2000): mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page "(Soon to be released comedy-time travel film.) Haven't seen this one, but I'd love to! Forever (2001) - As the long-distant past beckons to a modern Australian woman, drawing her into a reluctant journey of self-discovery crossing 700 years and two continents, a story emerges, piece by piece, of trust, love, revenge, forgiveness, hope and redemption told through choices made and fates embraced, as she faces a second chance that could change her destiny, and those around her - forever." The Ultimate Science Fiction Web Guide wonders: is this a remake of Visiteurs, Les (1993)?
  118. Warlock (1989):mentioned in Steven's Time Travel Page "A warlock flees from the 16th to the 20th century, with a witch-hunter in hot pursuit."
  119. W.E.I.R.D. World (1995)(TV): USA (English language), Color Director: William Malone Screenplay/Story: Gilbert Adler, A L Katz, Scott Nimerfro Production Company: Two Fisted Productions Producers: Gilbert Adler (co-executive), Richard Donner (executive), David Giler (executive), Walter Hill (executive), A L Katz, Omneya 'Nini' Mazen (associate), F.A. Miller (co-producer), Scott Nimerfro (co-producer), Joel Silver (executive), Robert Zemeckis (executive) "Greed, murder, sex - all appear to thrive at the Wilson Emery Institute for Research and Development, aka W.E.I.R.D., where brilliant, young, but emotionally unstable scientific genius[es] are recruited to develop cutting-edge projects in such fields as virology, time-travel, rejuvenation and robotics." Summary written by Doug Sederberg (vornoff@sonic.net) Original music: Nicholas Pike Cinematographer: Levie Isaacks Film Editosr: Anthony Adler, Stanley Wohlberg Production Designer: Gregory Melton Art Directior: Alex Hajdu Costume Designer: Randall Thropp Makeup Artist: Donna-Lou Henderson Hair Stylist: Kenneth Walker First Assistant Director: Leigh A. Webb Second Assistant Director: Carole Keligian Sound Mixer: Vince Garcia Special Effects Makeup: Todd Masters Camera Operator: Rick Davidson Script Supervisor : Joyce King Property Master: Steve Melton Apprentice Editor: Vartan Nazarian Assistant Editor: Henry Te Set Designer: Karen Weber Complete Cast: * Dana Ashbrook as Dylan Bledsoe * Marshall Bell as Industrial Spy * Audie England as Diane * Paula Marshall * Kathryn Morris * Miguel A. Nunez Jr. as Bob Provost * Gina Ravera * Clayton Rohner * Jim True as Noah Lane * Ed O'Neill as Dr. Monochian * Cyia Batten * Bryan Rush * Rachael Bella * Tony Cox * Stephen Liska * Michael Wu as Dr. Chu * Zachary Harris * Scott Nimerfro
  120. Yesterday Machine, The (1963): an Independent film Production Company: Carter Film Productions Distributors: Video City ; Sinister Cinema (video) Director: Russ Marker Screenplay: Russ Marker Producer: Russ Marker Cinematographer: Ralph K. Johnson ISFDB mangles and oversimplifies as: "A Nazi scientist invents a time machine enabling him to go back to alters [sic] the events of WWII. Starring: * Tim Holt as Police Lt. Partane * James Britton as Jim Crandall * Jack Herman as Professor Ernest Von Hauser Other cast includes: * Sandra De Mar * Ann Pellegrino as Sandy * Bill Thurman as Police detective ISDB has less than usual on this one. For Nazi past-changing, see also: The Philadelphia Experiment I and II
  121. more: {to be done}
  122. Zelda: Mask of Majora (2000)(Videogame) also known as The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask; also known as Zeruda no densetsu: Mujura no kamen. Japan. {to be done} awaiting analysis by my 14-year-old son.

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