Cinema: Stolen Hours


Directed and Written by Nicholas Meyer

Making his escape from a hue and cry in London in 1893, Jack the Ripper lifts the Time Machine from H.G. Wells and pilots it to San Francisco in 1979. There the Ripper (portrayed with menacing cynicism by David Warner) continues his depradations, pursued by the outraged inventor (Malcolm McDowell).

This is easily the year's most preposterous movie premise, requiring one to accept many items on faith: that Wells did not merely imagine the Time Machine but actually built it in his basement; that since it...

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