thriller from the 1980s or earlier

I remember seeing this movie on TV in 1985-1986. There is this nerdy guy with glasses who is trailing this guy, who I think is a killer or at least a really bad guy. I think the nerdy guy is foreign because he does not know where things are and he meets this woman who says “What did you do? Put a pin in a map? When the bad guy finds out who the other guy is, there is a scene where he removes the guy’s glasses and then punches him in the face.

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  1. The film is “Time After Time”, starring Malcolm McDowell, David Warner, and Mary Steenburgen (1979). Malcolm McDowell is H.G. Wells, who travels in his own time machine to track down Jack the Ripper (David Warner) after he escapes to 1979 San Francisco.

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