Film (1989). First Millennium Partnership/Gladden Entertainment. Directed by Michael Anderson. Written by John Varley, based on his "Air Raid" (Spring 1977 Asimov's) as by Herb Boehm. Cast includes Kris Kristofferson, Cheryl Ladd and Daniel J Travanti. 105 minutes. Colour.
Commando teams making Time-Travel raids from the future steal people from doomed planes just before they crash (the reason being that future people can no longer reproduce; the abductees replenish the population and are potential breeders). An investigator (Kristofferson) becomes suspicious. He is seduced by a woman time-traveller (Ladd) and follows her to a chaotic future – represented by a single set – that is about to collapse in a timequake caused by careless Time Paradoxes in its past. They escape to a further future. Kristofferson acts like a sleepwalker. There is a manipulative Robot that looks like the Tin Man from L Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz (1939). Michael Anderson's essays in genre directing, including Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975) and Logan's Run (1976), have been uniformly wooden.
Curiously, only Varley's short story is credited as the basis for his screenplay, even though he had turned it into a novel, Millennium (1983), which explains the points this botched film leaves obscure; one can only suppose that his screenplay was cut to ribbons. [PN]
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