Teenager Karen Braden is a troubled mental hospital outpatient who is taken by her father George and sister Isa to a government facility near the Craters of the Moon lava fields in Idaho. The project there was commissioned to develop matter transference, but made a different discovery: time travel. They also discovered that a mysterious ecological catastrophe will soon wipe out civilization.
The time travel process has negative health effects, though. Adults “not much older than 20” are unable to survive for long, as their kidneys hemorrhage shortly after the experience. So the scientists decide to only send young people 56 years into the future so they can build a new civilization. —Wikipedia
Known in turn as Henry Fonda’s son, Jane Fonda’s brother, counter-culture icon Captain America, and Bridget Fonda’s father, Peter Fonda finally got his due as an actor for his superb performance as a Florida beekeeper in Ulee’s Gold (1997). Snaring an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe for his work, Fonda was finally able to step out of his celebrated family’s shadow, earning recognition for something besides his title as the black sheep of the Fonda clan.
Born in New York City on February 23, 1940, Fonda, by his own accounts, grew up trying to live up to his famous father’s expectations. An exceptionally bright young man, he entered the University of Omaha as a sophomore at the age of seventeen, without even finishing high school. In Omaha, he broke into acting, appearing in the Omaha Playhouse’s production of Harvey. He then went to New York to pursue his acting career, first working with the Cecilwood Theatre and then debuting on Broadway at the age of twenty-one in a production… read more
Patient, soft-spoken, & unsentimental, IT requires similar quiet attention & unsentimentality from viewers. Time travel & young women in panties are its 2 concessions to conventional H'wood appeal, but Fonda treats those elements w/ deadpan casualness. IT's dystopia owes THX 1138 & Alphaville a debt but gives off a warmth those films lacked. A harsh/comic ending obscures Fonda's intentions w/o diminishing his vision.