Time After Time (1979)
British sovereigns and guineas in 1979 San Francisco
The 1979 Orion Pictures film "Time After Time" is a science-fiction film about time travel.
to flee the police to 1979 San Francisco.
to exchange gold sovereigns for American money.
In 1893 London, a man offers a gold coin (a gold sovereign or one pound) to a prostitute.
2. An offer she can't refuse
He asks her to move to an alley where he produces a knife.
After he leaves, a policeman discovers the woman's body.
The killer is "Jack the Ripper", a notorious 1888 serial killer of prostitutes, who has apparently returned.
3. Wells shows his time machine
Wells has built a time machine and he demonstrates how the controls work, in particular
that it needs a key to run and also has an extra safety device.
4. Stevenson and Wells play chess
Wells and Stevenson discuss the future, Wells expresses his belief that in three generations
war and sickness will be abolished.
with bloody instruments.
The machine returns and Wells examines the controls to see where Stevenson sent himself.
Wells then sends himself to the same time which is November 5, 1979.
He finds himself in San Francisco and heads for a bank to exchange money.
5. Wells exchanging money
Wells hands over his 1893 British currency notes and the clerk suggests that he would
get more for them from a coin dealer due to their age.
However, Wells exchanges the notes at the bank.
6. Amy at her desk
She likes "Herbert", thinks he is quaint, and offers to show him around San Francisco.
She also tells him that another odd Englishman came to her bank to change old money,
he asked her where to stay and she recommended a large hotel.
He has bought modern clothes but keeps his Victorian money belt.
7. Stevenson's Victorian money belt and watch
Wells has gotten Stevenson's hotel from Amy and pays him a visit.
Stevenson tells Wells that he likes the violent society and tells Wells
"Eighty years ago I was a freak, here I'm an amateur".
8. Here I'm an amateur
A hotel maid enters and Wells pursues Stevenson through the hotel and outside.
9. Herbert and Amy in the woods
Meanwhile, Jack is on the prowl in the city's sex district.
10. Jack on the prowl
The films at the theatre are "Deep Throat" and "Devil in Miss Jones", two popular porn films of the period.
11. Stevenson exchanges gold coins
Stevenson wants to change a pile of gold coins which he calls "guineas", but would
be British gold sovereigns or one pound coins.
A British gold sovereign of the Victorian period:
12. Great Britain gold sovereign 1888
A sovereign is a British gold coin originally worth one pound (20 shillings).
It is the same size and weight as a United States $5 gold coin, 1/4 troy ounce.
Amy later meets with Wells and tells him her visitor is dangerous and he should talk to the police.
13. Wells visits the police
Wells gives the detective Stevensons's name but doesn't mention time travel, and, of course,
the police can not do anything.
Wells follows them to the museum.
14. Jack holding Amy at the museum
Wells gives Stevenson the key, Stevenson gets in the machine, and Wells pulls out the safety device,
which sends Stevenson into the future without stopping.
15. Amy and Herbert together
Herbert convinces Amy to go back to his time and a final note states that he married Amy.
Malcolm McDowell as H.G. Wells (Herbert George Wells)
David Warner as Dr. Stevenson (Jack)
Mary Steenburgen as Amy Robbins
Writers: Karl Alexander, Steve Hayes, Nicholas Meyer