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After a scientific experiment goes horribly wrong during a demonstration, a scientist finds himself trapped in an alternative reality that bears some similarities to our own, but also has some striking differences. In this other reality, World War II had never occurred, mankind had not yet travelled into space, and Mt. Everest had not yet been conquered, just to name a few things. Also in this other reality, he is no longer a scientist, but rather a well-known author. He also finds that he is married to a beautiful woman with whom he instantly falls in love, but for whom his alternate self never cared. He has some difficulty convincing anyone that he is not actually who they think he is. With the help of a physics professor who believes his story, he finally manages to convince his "wife" that he is not the man she knew before. After a personal tragedy in this alternative world, he finds himself back in his own world and desperately trying to locate the woman with whom he fell in love...Written by
Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>
Opening credits: All characters and events in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events, or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »
Colin wakes up in bed to find his wife missing. He gets up and only has pyjama trousers on. He starts to put his dressing gown on. The scene moves to the drawing room and he comes into the room tying his dressing gown belt and is now seen to be wearing a pyjama jacket. See more »
An English Physicist (Tom Bell), testing an experimental nuclear accelerator, is transported across a parallel universe into a more peaceful but less technically advanced world. The staid physicist discovers that, in this world, he is a morally decadent playwright; and, more importantly, the physicist meets the woman of his dreams: his wife! (Joan Collins) The physicist immediately sets out to win back the affections of his wife; and, when he returns to our universe, to locate her again.
The performances are uniformly excellent. Joan Collins is one of the few actresses who plays "saints" and "vixens" with equal aplomb. Special kudos to Tom Bell for being convincingly "smitten" without being sappy.
Ironically, the film is least convincing in "our universe." The initial exposition is hurried, as are the closing sequences of the film. Considering the largely excellent writing (story credited to John Wyndham), the most likely explanation is a rushed shooting schedule, due to budget constraints. This is also apparent with the music, which seems to belong in a different movie.
The lack of special effects actually embellishes the story, until the physicist's "return." This occurs with no forshadowing, and seems more a plot device than an integral part of the tale. Effects would have gone a long way toward covering the holes in the story. (i.e., Why is a scientist so convinced what happened to him was real? Since HE was so different in the parallel world, why doesn't he fear SHE will be different?)
Still, with the imaginative writing and excellent performances make this worthy viewing, IF you can find it.
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