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> {quote:title=finance wrote:}{quote}

> What is TIME AFTER TIME?

 

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080025/

 

It's a 1979 movie with Malcolm McDowell playing H.G. Welles - only in this movie, he actually does invent a time machine, which he has to use to pursue Jack the Ripper (Jack Warner), who escapes into modern-day San Francisco.

 

McDowell and Mary Steenburgen fall in love in the movie - and they did, too, in real life! :D

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TIME AFTER TIME is a charmer, even for those of us who don't ordinarily care for Malcolm McDowell.

 

Other San Francisco movies:

 

THE HOUSE ON TELEGRAPH HILL

ANGEL FACE

FLOWER DRUM SONG

POINT BLANK

FOUL PLAY

MILK

 

Not to mention PBS' wonderful TALES OF THE CITY, with its own echoes of VERTIGO.

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> TIME AFTER TIME is a charmer, even for those of us who don't ordinarily care for Malcolm McDowell.

 

And it is still probably one of his most endearing parts. Having seen him previously in A Clockwork Orange, it really blew me away to see he could be so good at playing a sympathetic, rather introverted character.

 

Plus, the chemistry with Steenburgen is quite real, because you know they fell in love for real.

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> {quote:title=Poinciana wrote:}{quote}

> Loved Jeanette and Clark in San Francisco ("open your Golden Gate...").

 

I thought about including that one, but I'm not really sure they filmed much of the movie in SF at all; even the effects shots were probably done at MGM in Culver City. So, even though it's set in SF, it doesn't feel so much like a SF movie to me (yes, I know, it's ironic).

 

> Also, enjoyed Pacific Heights tho it made me crazy - which I think was what the director intended.

 

Yes, and he succeeded brilliantly, though much of the credit also goes to Michael Keaton.

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The Robert Mitchum movie, Angel Face, was done in LA. A good movie showing San Francisco is the James Bond movie, A View To A Kill, the last Roger Moore Bond movie. We get a birds eye view of the Golden Gate.

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> {quote:title=CharlieT wrote:}{quote}

> Not to be picky, but it was David Warner who played Jack the Ripper in *Time After Time*.

 

You're absolutely right, Charlie, it was a typo on my part. Oddly enough, even though he is one of my all-time favorite screen villains, I sometimes type the name of one of the Warner brothers by mistake when it's actually him I'm thinking of. :)

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Yeah. Not only would it have looked like a TV production if done on the backlots, you wouldn't have had the fantastic chase scene. I remember watching it in the 5th row at a local theater and felt like I was on a rollercoaster during that scene.

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For me it will always be *BULLITT*. Although I lived there when filming on the streets was a common thing, I lived in the apartment across the street from the building used as McQueen's place. In one scene, you can see my kitchen window. Somehow, this film brings me closer to those familliar days more than any other SF film does...even *VERTIGO*.

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> {quote:title=visualfeast wrote:}{quote}

> For me it will always be *BULLITT*. Although I lived there when filming on the streets was a common thing, I lived in the apartment across the street from the building used as McQueen's place. In one scene, you can see my kitchen window. Somehow, this film brings me closer to those familliar days more than any other SF film does...even *VERTIGO*.

 

Wow, visualfeast, that's AMAZING! I can't believe you lived so close to where they filmed. Did you ever get to see Steve down in the street? Or any other of the main actors?

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> {quote:title=HollywoodGolightly wrote:}{quote}

> Did anyone else hear RO's outro to Bullitt ? :)

>

> Seems like Steve really wanted to shoot it in SF, even though WB would have liked it better if they'd filmed on the Burbank backlot. And apparently (according to RO, anyway) Mayor Alioto really "rolled out the red carpet".

 

 

I lived in San Francisco back in those days, and there was a lot of local controversy about the increasing number of wild car chases in the city, which began to take place right after ?Bullitt? became popular. While shooting one film in front of City Hall, one of the cars chipped some of the City Hall steps, and that made a lot of local politicians mad.

 

Alioto liked all these films, because they brought tourists and tax dollars into the city, but unfortunately, they also brought in many people who wanted to live and work in the city, and that gradually drove the house and apartment prices sky-high.

 

I rented a whole house in the Sunset District back in the early ?70s for about $250 a month, and it was a $65,000 house at that time. Now those houses rent for $5,000 a month and they are worth about a million dollars each.

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> {quote:title=CharlieT wrote:}{quote}

> Yeah. Not only would it have looked like a TV production if done on the backlots, you wouldn't have had the fantastic chase scene. I remember watching it in the 5th row at a local theater and felt like I was on a rollercoaster during that scene.

 

It is rather strange to realize that modern car-chase movies go back only about as far as ?Bullitt?.

 

Even though the old gangster films had car chases in them, the old type cars would turn over if they made fast turns, and they weren?t very good at jumping up in the air when they went over hills.

 

Seeing the ?Bullitt? chase now, it seems so simple, but back when it first hit the theaters, it was fantastic. Those of us who lived in hilly cities always tried to drive slow enough so our cars would never jump up in the air, but when the cars did it in that movie, we in the audience almost passed out from excitement! :)

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