Spring 2020, Issue No. 19.2

Streaming Time Travel: Spring 2020
Part II: Amazon Prime Video Films

Dinosaur Island (2014)—one of about 100 time travel films on Amazon Prime Video this spring

—Up in the ITTDB Citadel, where the librarians are continually watching, reading, and listening to time travel stories to add to the Internet Time Travel Database, we’ve run into a problem. You see, in compiling this spring’s list of over 100 time travel films now available on Amazon Prime Video (USA), we’ve realized that we haven’t yet watched even half of them.


That’s why we’re in recruiting mode, hoping to bring two or three new librarians into the fold. So, do you like to watch time travel movies? Or read stories? Or listen to audio books? Or even listen to those great old-time, rock-n-roll, time travel music that just soothes the soul? If so, please drop me—Michael—a line at main@colorado.edu, and let me know the kind of thing that you’d most like to work on as a new member of the ITTDB team.

I should give you two warnings: We don’t have any compensation apart from sometimes passing on free books or movies. And the work in indexing a movie or other time travel story can be considerable. In addition to writing a few sentences about each time travel work, we’re also aiming to full index each entry with tags such as The Grandfather Paradox, names of historical figures, time-travel methods, and more. But please don’t let that discourage you from volunteering!

And meanwhile, enjoy the movies listed below. And as always, be warned: Some of these films have time manipulation, but no actual time travel!

P.S. Also check out last week’s list of movies now on Netflix.

Beyond the Time Barrier (1960)

Major Bill Allison flies the experimental X-80 into the future where a plague has turned most humans into subhuman mutants and the rest are mostly deaf, dumb, and sterile. Once there, the leaders of an underground citadel (not to be confused with the ITTDB Citadel have plans for him to marry the beautiful telepathic (and possibly non-sterile) Princess Trirene, so as to re-populate the world. But together with Trirene and a small group of scientists, he hatches a plan to return to his own time to prevent the plague from ever occurring.

The flight to the future is explained by scientific gibberish that contains a high concentration of mumbo jumbo, but the gist of it is that the speed of Allison’s plane (around 10,000 mph) added to the rotational speed of the Earth plus the speed of the Earth’s orbit around the sun plus the speed of the Solar System around the center of the galaxy plus maybe another speed or two, managed to bring his total speed close to that of light, which brought him to the future. Apparently, reversing his plane’s path is all that’s needed to return him to the past (ideally with Trirene beside him).

A self-defeating act paradox is set up nicely (if Alison stops the plague, then the citadel in the future won’t be there to send him back to stop the plague), but the issue is never explicitly discussed, and the ending of the film is inconclusive on the matter. Nevertheless, I commend the film for being the first to raise the issue of time travel paradoxes, albeit in the background.

I may be able to prevent it: Is that what you mean?

The Boy and the Pirates (1960)

Young Jimmy Warren asks a genie to send him from present-day Massachusetts to the time of Blackbeard where, in order to avoid becoming a genie himself, Jimmy must trick the pirate into returning to Massachusetts.

This is a funny lookin’ bottle—yeah, neat. But I bet if I took it home, Pop would say, “It’s just another piece of junk.” Nobody let’s me do anything I want to. I wish I was far away from here; I wish I was on a pirate ship.

The Time Travelers (1964)

Note: You might need to search for this without the word “The” at the beginning.

Using their time viewer, three scientists see a desolate landscape 107 years in the future, at which point the electrician realizes that the viewer has unexpectedly  ecome a portal. All four jump through, only to have the portal collapse behind them, whereupon they are chased on the surface by Morlockish creatures who are afraid of thrown rocks, and they meet an advanced, post-apocalyptic, underground society that employs androids and is planning a generation-long trip to Alpha Centauri.

The film draws in at least four important additional time travel tropes: suspended animation, a single non-branching time line with the corresponding inability to go back and change it), experiencing the passage of time at different rates, and a trip to the far future.

Isn’t it obvious? The war did happen. You never did go back with your warning.

Journey to the Center of Time (1967)

The writer, David L. Hewitt, took chunks of plot and script from The Time Travelers (1964), swapped the blonde for a brunette, swapped the accidental time portal for an accidental time rift that drags the whole lab through time as if it were a time ship, added a dinosaur (or maybe just a big lizard, given that it was around 1,000,000 BC), and ended up with an unwatchable movie.

Like the 1964 version, this version has a brief mention that it’s impossible to change events that have already happened, but unlike the original, the montage at the end of the film is mere chaos that no longer reinforces the idea of a single, non-branching timeline. Despite that, I enjoyed the consequences of the villainous character running into himself, but at the same time, I dismayed at the discussion of how meeting yourself could instantly cause a disasterous explosion or implosion or maybe something-or-other (the audio was unintelligible at 1:12) would cease to exist. (I pray that it wasn’t the the space-time continuum in peril.)

Well, isn’t it obvious, Manning? The war did happen. We didn’t get back with our warning.

The Amazing Mr. Blunden (1972)

In 1918, a solicitor—Mr. Blunden—arranges for a war widow and her children to move to an English house while the rightful heir is tracked down. The two teen children, Lucy and Jamie, soon meet two orphans, Sara and Georgie, who are living in the house—with their own Mr. Blunden—exactly one century before! The orphans need help, so with the aid of a magic potion, Lucy and Jamie go back in time to the very day before the orphans will die in a fire (according to the gravestone that Lucy and Jamie found). They definitely have a fix-the-past mission, and they definitely succeed, but in the process, an amazing twist on the Grandfather Paradox arises (see the spoiler below).

The story doesn’t really have a Grandfather Paradox, but we’ve tagged it that way because of the odd twist: [spoiler] Lucy and Jamie’s grandparents (or great-grandparents) are Sara and Tom (a boy who died trying to save Sara and Georgie). So, initially, Lucy and Jamie actually have no grandfather, and it’s only by going back in time to save Sara and her future husband that they will ever be born. So where did they come from initially in order to be able to go back in time and create the conditions so that they will be born? This is almost a Closed Timelike Loop, except for the fact that initially, Sara, Georgie, and Tom did die (as evinced by their gravestones), so Lucy and Jamie did change things. [/spoiler]

Now is the time. Look straight ahead and don’t be afraid.

Idaho Transfer (1973)

A group of secretive scientists develop time travel near Idaho’s Craters of the Moon, discovering a near-future apocalypse. Since anyone much over age 20 can’t survive traveling, they’re in the process of sending a group of young people, including Isa and her withdrawn sister Karen, beyond the apocalypse to rebuild civilization. Things go wrong (not the least of which are the plot, the dialogue, the acting, the sound track, and the requirement that the young Jane Fonda lookalikes must strip to travel through time [tag]nude travel[/tag]), but even so, the film has a certain unprepossessing appeal.

You see, Dad and Lewis are trying to get it together, to secretly transfer a lot of young people into the future, bypassing the eco-crisis or whatever it is. Start a new civilization.

Starcrash (1978)

This is on the docket for us to watch on May 1 up in the Citadel. Does anyone think it might have had a slight influence from the previous year’s biggest SF hit movie?




The Final Countdown (1980)

Observer Warren Lasky is aboard the U.S.S. Nimitz when a storm takes her back to the day before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Should they prevent the attack? What will be the consequences of saving a politician who may become Roosevelt’s running mate? Then the ship is returned to the present before they can do anything vaguely cool.

Today is December 7, 1941. I’m sure we are all aware of the significance of this date in this place in history. We are going to fight a battle that was lost before most of you were born. This time, with God’s help, it’s going to be different. . . . Good Luck.

Timestalkers (1987)

After the death of his wife and child, Dr. Scott McKenzie stumbles upon a tintype photograph from the old west with three corpses, a shooter, and a modern Magnum 357, leading him to develop a theory of time travel that is soon confirmed when a beautiful woman from the future appears to take him back to the old west in order to chase the shooter, save President Cleveland, and pursue other obvious plot developments.

[spoiler] At the end, I believe that Georgia uses her time crystal to send Scott back for a do-over on the day of his family’s death. This is disappointing since up until that point, the film has set up a perfect example of a single, nonbranching timeline. [/spoiler]

What if Cole came back to set off a chain of events that would eventually destroy the one man who stood in his way?

Future Zone (1990)

John Tucker—a gunslinging cop in future Mobile, AL, played by David Carradine—is visited by a thirty-year-old Billy who’s almost as quick on the draw as John. But—ah, Grasshopper—just where does the visitor’s prescient knowledge come from, and more to the point given the ending of the film: Who taught Billy to shoot?

Tucker: Where’d you learn to shoot like that?
Billy: You might say I learned from the best.
Tucker: And who might that be?
Billy: You’d never believe me.


Time Barbarians (1990)

In an ancient world of swords, sorcery, loin cloths, and bejeweled bikinis, an evil thief kills King Deran’s queen before escaping to modern-day Los Angeles. Since the thief also took a magic amulet with him, a loinclothless wizardess sends Deran after him to retrieve the amulet and avenge the queen’s brutal death.

The man you seek is in this world no longer. You must travel to another time to find him.


Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (1991)

Two Evil Robots from the future are out to destroy Bill & Ted and their babes. After dealing with that, the Two Great Ones begin a journey that starts with Death and ends with Two Little Ones.

Look, after we get away from this guy, we use the booth. We time travel back to before the concert and set up the things we need to get him now.


Marching Out of Time (1993)

The indexers up in the ITTDB Citadel haven’t yet written a blurb!




Star Trek Generations (1994)

The indexers up in the ITTDB Citadel haven’t yet written a blurb!





Merlin’s Shop of Mystical Wonders (1996)

The indexers up in the ITTDB Citadel haven’t yet written a blurb!






An Eloi Honorable Mention

The Devil’s Arithmetic (1999)

Hannah Stern, reluctant to listen to her elders’ talk of their Jewish heritage, finds herself thrown back to the time World War II Germany in this made-for-tv adaptation of the novel.

You should know my parents are still alive, and I want to go back to New Rochelle.


동감 [Ditto] (2000)

Over the span from one full moon to the next, a young woman, So-eun in 1979, and a young man, Jee-in in 2000, talk to each other over a ham radio while they work out their love lives and what was and isn’t meant to be.

Your agony is an interesting SF melodrama.




Frequency (2000)

In 1999, John Sullivan, who lives in his boyhood home, finds an old ham radio that his dad had built, and he naturally wants to see whether it still works. As it turns out, not only does it work, but it puts him in communication with 1969 where he talks to his dad, Frank, on the very day before Frank’s death in a fire. With help from John, Frank  avoids the fire, which gives his 1999 son the memories of both a fatherless life and a life where Frank survived but John’s mother did not.

I want you to hide that wallet someplace where nobody’s gonna find it for thirty years.

시월애 [Il Mare] (2000)

In December of 1997, when Sung-hyun moves into the newly built house-on-stilts above the tidal sand, he names it Il Mare from the Italian for “the sea”—and via a letter in the mailbox, he learns that Eun-joo wants him to forward any mail that may arrive for her, since she has just moved out . . . in December of 1999.

The American film The Lake House was based on this Korean film.

Sung-hyun! Don’t go there!

An Angel for May (2002)

The indexers up in the ITTDB Citadel haven’t yet written a blurb!





The Chronology Protection Case (2002) [short film]

Stilted acting and hokey science, but still an enjoyable, low-budget adaptation of Paul Levinson’s story with a fine version of D’Amato.

Everything is related to each other on some level, and people have discovered that the deeper you go, the more you find that totally different things are made of the same thing.


An Eloi Honorable Mention

The World’s First Time Machine (2003)

Documentary on time travel, paradoxes, special relativity, quantum mechanics, frame dragging, and more—told largely through interviews with modern physicists with a backdrop of a corny Museum of Time Travel in the future. Good explanation of relativistic time dilation using Einstein’s twin brother Bertrand and a light clock. Fun interview with physicist David Deutsch about the quantum multiverse and its relation to time travel paradoxes. Fun discussion of the first Superman movie. Jaw-dropping first-hand explanation from physicist Ron Mallet of how light might twist spacetime and result in particles being sent to the past. Attractive fashions worn in the museum of the future.

David Deutsch: If Ron Mallet’s experiments turn out has he hopes, then it would immediately put an end to the controversy about whether time travel would ever be practicable.

If Only (2004)

The indexers up in the ITTDB Citadel haven’t yet written a blurb!





Retrograde (2004)

Two centuries after a meteor lands in Antarctica, the deadly bacterial plague that it brought has spread around the world and threatens to wipe out all life. The solution: Go back in time and stop the meteor from ever being dug up. But John Foster, the leader of the expedition, will have to cope with his traveling companion’s vices as well as ice and bacteria.

I suppose the military uniforms of 2204 all look like Axis Powers uniforms because the movie was originally made in Italy. It was first released in Russia in 2004 and made it to the states by 2009. Of course, none of that explains why the timeship looks like a 1978 Battlestar Galactica castoff.

Under your command, you will pilot the Porsifol back 200 years and track the cutter’s movement to the meteor field. Alter the timeline. Eradicate the scourge.

A Path in Time (2005)

The indexers up in the ITTDB Citadel haven’t yet written a blurb!





Always Will (2006)

Will, a high school senior, discovers how to use a stolen time capsule to go back in time and relive moments over and over until he gets it right.

Seriously, it lets me, like, revisit a moment in the past.



The 4th Dimension (2006)

The indexers up in the ITTDB Citadel haven’t yet written a blurb!





The Man from Earth (2007)

The indexers up in the ITTDB Citadel haven’t yet written a blurb!





Next (2007)

Cris Johnson is a precog—usually seeing two minutes ahead, except for that time he saw a woman in a diner at 8:09—but he’s not a time traveler.

No mega-jackpots, no long shots. The idea is to go unnoticed: That way I can keep coming back.



Termination Point (2007)

A scientist at a top-secret weapons facility creates a weapon that he then regrets. So he steals it and gets on a plane to Mexico with the head security agent’s family, hoping that having the family along will restrict the agent’s options. But the response is out of the agent’s hands when the president orders the plane shot down. Fortunately, the scientist activates the weapon just before the missles strike the plane—well, partly fortunate: One copy of the plane and most of the passengers are blown into yesterday, while the scientist and the agent’s family survive in a null space that will first eat all of California and then the rest of the universe.

So, why were the dead passengers and one copy of the plane blown into yesterday? I never did figure that out; it had no bearing on the movie, except perhaps the filmmakers were Donnie Darko wannabes, and it provided a cheap wrap-up at the end.

Hunky Farm Boy at the Beginning of the Movie: What’s the date today?
Curvaceous Farm Girl: September second. Why?
H.F.B.: This [crashed] plane boarded tomorrow!

The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)

Modern-day martial-arts-obsessed teen Jason Tripitikas falls off a building with a golden staff and finds himself in feudal China fulfilling the legend of the seeker who will return the staff to The Monkey King.

Jason: Is this a dream?
Lu Yan: No, where you come from is the dream, through the gate of no gate.


100 Million BC (2008)

After discovering a 64-million-year-old message written on a cave wall, Dr. Frank Reno, a scientist on the original Philadelphia Experiment, leads a group of modern-day Navy SEALs back to the Cretaceous to rescue those who were lost back in that 1949 experiment. The consequences? Machine-guns-vs-dinosaurs, a T. rex in Los Angeles, and potential paradoxes for the original travelers.


Waiting for Dawn (2008)

“Shropshire isn’t exactly known as a hotbed of movie making talent, but we’re hoping to change that,” says writer/director James T. Willaims in an interview about his metaphysical love story of Carl waiting for his girlfriend in a pub—The Waiting Room—that always seems to be closed. From there, says MJ Simpson, Carl wanders in and out of various portals through time and space, all the while undergoing self-reflection.

Before You Say “I Do” (2009)

Using a wish (followed by a car crash), George Murray travels from 2009 back to 1999 to stop his girlfriend Janie from marrying her no-good ex-husband.

I wish I’d met Jane before she was married.



An Eloi Bronze Medal Winner

FAQ about Time Travel (2009)

In a pub, nerd Ray meets beautiful time traveler Cassie who fawns over him before departing with a kiss. Of course Ray’s mates Toby and Pete don’t believe a word of it until Pete finds himself thrown through a time leak as he emerges from the loo.

How many times . . . it’s not sci-fi, it’s science fiction or sf, which can also stand for speculative fiction.

From Time to Time (2009)

At his granny’s house during World War II, 13-year-old Tolly sees ghosts from the 19th century and then finds that he can travel there, interact with those who believe, and solve a family mystery.

This one had several British actors that another indexer—British Janet—likes, including Maggie Smith, Pauline Collins and Alex Etel.

Rose: Are you a ghost?
Tolly: I don’t think I can be. I’m not dead.

Triangle (2009)

The indexers up in the ITTDB Citadel haven’t yet written a blurb!





Chronological Order (2010)

The indexers up in the ITTDB Citadel haven’t yet written a blurb, through we’re partway through watching it!

I have, in my possession, a door of time travel.



時をかける少女 [Time Traveller: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time] (2010)

An Eloi Honorable Mention

In this second sequel to Yasutaka Tsutsui’s 1965 novel 時をかける少女 [The Girl Who Leapt through Time], Naka Riisa plays the daughter, Akari, of a grown-up Kazuko (the original “girl who leapt through time”). Akari tries to leap back to the time of her mother’s first love, Kazuo, in hopes that he can bring her mom out of a coma induced by a car accident.

The actress Naka Riisa has another connection to time-leaping girls: In the first sequel to the original novel, a 2006 anime film, Riisa voiced the lead character, Makoto, who was Kazuko’s niece. So if I have this right: The original leaper is Kazuko; Kazuko’s niece Makoto is the leaper in the 2006 anime; and Kazuko’s daughter Akari is the leaper in the 2010 live-action movie. So in some sense, Riisa is her own cousin.

So you believe me? You’re an SF geek, right?

Mysterious Island (2010)

I wonder whether all eigthteen of the executive producers (yes, I counted them) of this movie were sitting around (maybe in a hot air balloon with no burner), trying to come up with a movie idea.

“Let’s do a movie of Lost,” said one. “It’s a big hit.”

“No, we can’t do Lost,” said another. “We don’t have the rights.”

“Then let’s find some old sci-fi thing—you know, by one of those old French dudes—and rewrite it so that it’s like Lost with time travel.”

“Wait, didn’t Lost have time travel?”

“Maybe, but not with Civil War dudes and hot chicks in a crashed plane.”

Well honestly, to me ma’am, it looked like a flying locomotive.

Judas Kiss (2011)

Filmmaker Zachary Wells (née Danny Reyes) totally flopped when he dropped out of the first year of film school to head to Hollywood after winning a college festival award. Years later, he reluctantly returns to the college to be a festival judge, but somehow after making love to a student, he finds that the student is his very own younger self entered in the very same contest—only now he’s the judge. Hard to tell whether he’s in the past or his younger self is in the future, but the question either way is whether he’ll he let himself win, causing him to head down the same failed path as the first time.

Wise Father Figure: Danny Reyes went to school here fifteen years ago.
Zach: That was me.
W.F.F.: Huh! What happened to him?

Time Again (2011)

When Sam (the good sister) fills in for waitress Marlo (the not-so-good sister) at the diner, a bad guy leaves a tip of ancient coins that end up getting Sam killed by the bad guy’s even badder boss, but fortunately 70-year-old Agnes also has some of the coins which repeatedly let Marlo go back to try to change things.

Man Customer: Relativity’s the best.
Woman Customer: I’m sorry, but Time’s Arrow is much better.

B4 (2012)

The indexers up in the ITTDB Citadel haven’t yet written a blurb!





D.N.E.: Do Not Erase (2012) [short film]

After Brian’s girlfriend walks out on him and he invents time travel, a parade of future Brians shows up with one dire warning after another.

If you have a nice girlfriend or boyfriend and you are trying to crack time travel, please take this short film as a warning.

Brian: I am on the verge . . .

Sophie: . . . of cracking time travel, I know. Maybe when you do, we can go back in time and actually have all of the dates that you canceled.

41 (2012)

The indexers up in the ITTDB Citadel haven’t yet written a blurb!





Found in Time (2012)

In a world populated by a variety of psychic people (including the psycops and doctors who wear storm-trooper masks), a mystic pushes Chris back to an earlier time, starting him on a journey that skips through his entire lifetime.

Just push me back.



Mine Games (2012)

The indexers up in the ITTDB Citadel haven’t yet written a blurb!





The 25th Reich (2012)

The indexers up in the ITTDB Citadel haven’t yet written a blurb!





The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone (2013)

The indexers up in the ITTDB Citadel haven’t yet written a blurb!





The Palindrome Paradox (2013) [short film]

Story checks out. We played the film backwards and it’s identical to running it forwards. And a form of time travel where one of the characters experiences time running backward. You figure out which one.

Inim-nordah redilloc eht dehsinif ev’uoy. Wow!


2101 (2014)

The indexers up in the ITTDB Citadel haven’t yet written a blurb!





Dinosaur Island (2014)

The indexers up in the ITTDB Citadel haven’t yet written a blurb!





The History of Time Travel (2014)

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The Infinite Man (2014)

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MicroTime (2014) [short film]

The indexers up in the ITTDB Citadel haven’t yet written a blurb!





An Eloi Honorable Mention

One-Minute Time Machine (2014) [short film]

James takes his one-minute time machine to a park bench to try to pick up quantum physicist Rachel.

The gang up in the ITTDB Citadel showed this five-minute film to me on my first prime birthday of the 2010 decade.

Rachel: What’s that?
James: Huh? Oh, nothing.
Rachel: Sure it’s not a One-Minute Time Machine?

Timespace (2014)

The indexers up in the ITTDB Citadel haven’t yet written a blurb!





RWD (2015)

The indexers up in the ITTDB Citadel haven’t yet written a blurb!





Soldiers of the Damned (2015)

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Time Device (2015)

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Welcome to Happiness (2015)

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Alistair1918 (2016)

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Altered Hours (2016)

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Beautiful Dreamer (2016) [short film]

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Chronesthesia (2016)

The indexers up in the ITTDB Citadel haven’t yet written a blurb!





Counter Clockwise (2016)

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Displacement (2016)

The indexers up in the ITTDB Citadel haven’t yet written a blurb!





Eloise (2016)

The indexers up in the ITTDB Citadel haven’t yet written a blurb!





Fate (2016)

The indexers up in the ITTDB Citadel haven’t yet written a blurb!





Hurok (2016) [aka Loop]

Note: Search for this one under its English title Loop (2017). The indexers up in the ITTDB Citadel haven’t yet written a blurb!





A Little Something (2016) [short film]

The indexers up in the ITTDB Citadel haven’t yet written a blurb!





An Eloi Honorable Mention

A Promise of Time Travel (2016)

Bookish Zelda Jones reunites with her best friend from high school, Cassie, after years of estrangement. At the start of their new relationship, it’s not apparent that their interactions are going anywhere, but as the other main characters weave their way into the plot, Zelda learns about time travel in a deterministic, non-branching universe, and the pieces lock nicely into place.

Oh, and Dave’s grandfather had a plot to go back and kill Hitler, but that’s not really relevant to Zelda (and Cassie and Walter and John and Charlie).

If you do travel back in time, even though it’s in your subjective future, it’s in the objective past. So if you could travel back in time and if you were determined to change the past, when it came down to it, you’d either decide not to, or you’d fail.

Time Toys (2016)

The indexers up in the ITTDB Citadel haven’t yet written a blurb!





Decades Apart (2017) [short film]

The indexers up in the ITTDB Citadel haven’t yet written a blurb!





Future ’38 (2017)

The indexers up in the ITTDB Citadel haven’t yet written a blurb!





Stasis (2017)

The indexers up in the ITTDB Citadel haven’t yet written a blurb!





Timetrap (2017)

After archaeologist Jason Hopper disappears into a deep cave, his grad students, a friend, and a couple of kids follow after him and run into time anomalies.

Guys, we’re gonna go check out this [spooky] tunnel.



Time Will Tell (2017)

The indexers up in the ITTDB Citadel haven’t yet written a blurb!





The Vault (2017)

Note to self: When robbing a bank vault where a botched robbery some 35 years earlier ended with fires and dead hostages, it can be hard to distinguish time travelers from ghosts or mere undead. But I’m placing my bets on no real time travel.

You’re saying you saw this man, but he’s not showing up on any of the bank cameras.


Yesterday’s Tomorrow (2017)

The indexers up in the ITTDB Citadel haven’t yet written a blurb!





Collider (2018)

The indexers up in the ITTDB Citadel haven’t yet written a blurb!





Excursion (2018)

The indexers up in the ITTDB Citadel haven’t yet written a blurb!





The Fare (2018)

Taxi driver Harris and his fare, Penny, are trapped in a time loop, repeating the first few minutes of their ride on desolate night roads.

Harris: Wait, wait, don’t tell me. Literature, art: History of DC comics with a focus on the Jack Kirby Years.

Penny: Is that a real thing?

H: It was a blow-off course seniors could take at my high school.

P: Wait—I thought Kirby worked for Marvel.

TIme Freak (2018)

The indexers up in the ITTDB Citadel haven’t yet written a blurb!





The Gateway (2018)

The indexers up in the ITTDB Citadel haven’t yet written a blurb!





Time Jumpers (2018)

We just now watched this anthology of four short films. The first two—Reset and Momentum—involve time travel. The other two—Vienna Waits for You and The Graveyard Shift—have some interesting time-related phenomena, but no time travel.





Utu (2018) [short film]

The indexers up in the ITTDB Citadel haven’t yet written a blurb!





There’s more, at least if you (like Amazon) think that Christmas occurs every spring:

  • Pete’s Christmas (2013). Yep. Pete’s livin’ Christmas over and over again. What a life for a 14-year-old!
  • Christmas Time (2017). At the Christmas family gathering, one brother thinks he’s a time traveler and the other doesn’t. Sounds like the usual Christmas gettogether up in the Citadel.

And I spotted seven versions of A Christmas Carol on Amazon Prime Video. Of course, if you’re like me, you think that Dickens’ story has no actual time travel since Scrooge must only observe without interacting with the past or present. But maybe one of these films will break that rule:

  • Scrooge (1935). Story checks out: Seymour Hicks, as Scrooge, is mean and miserly.
  • The Christmas Carol (1949). Vincent Price narrates this short made-for-tv version.
  • A Christmas Carol (1997). An animated musical version with Whoopi Goldberg as the Spirt of Christmas Present.
  • Christmas Carol: The Movie (2001). More animated fare with the voices of Kate Winslet and Nicolas Cage.
  • Mr. Scrooge Sees You (2013). Up in the Citadel, we’re waiting to watch this sequel (presumably unofficial) until at least the Canadian Thanksgiving has passed.
  • A Christmas Carol (2018). A live-action version from the UK.
  • A Christmas Carol (2019). A dark, three-hour mini-series.

And there’s one more Christmas movie that you may have heard of, also on Amazon Prime Video in the spring, has no actual time travel either, but it does have alternative pasts:

  • It’s a Wonderful Life (1946).

You can also watch six of the Josh Kirby . . . Time Warrior! videos. These kids’ shows are more like episodes of a straight-to-VHS TV show than movies.

  1. Josh Kirby, Time Warrior: Planet of the Dino Knights (24 October 1995)
  2. Josh Kirby, Time Warrior: The Human Pets (31 October 1995)
  3. Josh Kirby, Time Warrior: Trapped on Toy World (21 November 1995)
  4. Josh Kirby, Time Warrior: Eggs from 70 Million B.C. (19 December 1995)
  5. Josh Kirby, Time Warrior: Journey to the Magic Cavern (16 April 1996)
  6. Josh Kirby, Time Warrior: Last Battle for the Universe (21 May 1996)

To round things out, here’s a handful of other movies currently on Amazon Prime Video with little to no time travel but perhaps time manipulation or other things to tickle your time travelin’ fancy:

    • After School (1988). I waited patiently for time travel, but no actual time travel occurred in the present-day stories of Catholic college girl September Lane, her philosopher/priest/teacher Father McCarrin, the primitive people of the past, or Dick Cavett.
    • Time Travel through the Bible (1990). Despite the title (and having Jonathan Frakes as the narrator) these Bible stories have no actual time travel.
    • Timelock (1996). We have an old note on this one stating that there is cryonic sleep but no actual time travel. Please drop us a note, or stop by the Citadel, if you find out otherwise!
    • Afghan Knights (2007).A group of soldiers return to Afghanistan for a lost comrade. To me, the unexplained aspects of this mercenaries-must-rescue-somebody movie feel like ghosts or other paranormal activity, so I’ll say there’s no actual time travel.
    • The Mirror (2018). Not a soul up in the ITTDB had a clue what was going on in this 13-minute short. We kinda suspect there’s a safe, fantasy world for both young Milo and old Milo, but no actual time travel. Please drop us a line if you have a bead on it.If you’ve read this far, I hope you enjoyed a few of the movies along the way. Please leave me a note of encouragement in the comment section below, and let me know if which of the other streaming services you’d like us to check this spring.

And yes, please do let me know if you’d like to become an ITTDB librarian. We really could use the help!

Keep on travelin’!

—Michael (main@colorado.edu)



  1. You might want to include _The Time Machine_ in this list, seeing as it’s the one time-travel movie everyone’s probably seen. _Time After Time_ would be a good addition, too.

    • Thanks for your note, Lee! This particular list is just for time travel movies that are currently streaming on Amazon Prime Video this spring. I don’t think that any versions of _The Time Machine_ or _Time after Time_ (the movie) are currently in that group. However, up in the ITTDB Citadel, we’re putting together a bigger list of all the time travel movies that we know about. At the moment, it includes _Time after Time_ and four versions of _The Time Machine_. Stay tuned for more details, and thanks for contacting me!