Disaster in Time

Tagged: Film

Made-for-tv movie (1991; vt Grand Tour: Disaster in Time; vt Timescape). Channel Communications presents a Wild Street Pictures Production. Directed by David N Twohy; produced by John A O'Connor. Written by Twohy, based on "Vintage Season" (September 1946 Astounding) by Lawrence O'Donnell (probably C L Moore writing solo). Cast includes Emilia Crow, Jeff Daniels, George Murdock and Ariana Richards. 99 minutes (cut to 90). Colour.

This is a classy little movie, quite without pretension, based on the famous story of time-travelling tourists from a future suffering from ennui, who stimulate themselves by attending great Disasters in the past. Daniels plays an innkeeper (he has lost his wife in tragic circumstances) in a small New England town who is baffled by his unusual guests; disaster in the form of a meteor strikes the nearby town, his daughter Hilary (Ariana Richards) is subsequently killed, but his access to the tourists' Time-Travel device enables a replay of history during which there are two innkeepers in the same time frame, and after which things end well, maybe more than once. Adroit and intelligent, with a pleasant sting in the tail. [PN]

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