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Somewhere in Time (1980)

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A Chicago playwright uses self-hypnosis to travel back in time and meet the actress whose vintage portrait hangs in a grand hotel.

Director:

Jeannot Szwarc

Writers:

Richard Matheson (screenplay), Richard Matheson (novel)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Reeve ... Richard Collier
Jane Seymour ... Elise McKenna
Christopher Plummer ... William Fawcett Robinson
Teresa Wright ... Laura Roberts
Bill Erwin ... Arthur Biehl
George Voskovec ... Dr. Gerald Finney
Susan French ... Older Elise
John Alvin ... Arthur's Father
Eddra Gale ... Genevieve
Audrey Bennett Audrey Bennett ... Richard's Date
William H. Macy ... Critic (as W. H. Macy)
Laurence Coven Laurence Coven ... Critic
Susan Bugg Susan Bugg ... Penelope
Christy Michaels Christy Michaels ... Beverly
Ali Marie Matheson Ali Marie Matheson ... Student (as Ali Matheson)
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Storyline

Young writer Richard Collier is met on the opening night of his first play by an old lady who begs him to "Come back to me". Mystified, he tries to find out about her, and learns that she is a famous stage actress from the early 1900s, Elise McKenna. Becoming more and more obsessed with her, he manages, by self hypnosis, to travel back in time where he meets her. They fall in love, a matching that is not appreciated by her manager. Can their love outlast the immense problems caused by their "time" difference? And can Richard remain in a time that is not his? Written by Rhino <rhino@blueyonder.co.uk>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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He sacrificed life in the present... to find love in the past. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bid Time Return See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,203,011, 5 October 1980

Gross USA:

$9,709,597

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,709,597
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Rastar Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Producer Stephen Deutsch accepted responsibility for the film's box office failure, saying that he made a mistake allowing it to be released wide on opening day (as opposed to opening in limited markets and gradually expanding to further theaters). One of the problems was that the Screen Actor's Guild was on strike at the time, leaving the film without the promotion of its stars. Reportedly, Deutsch cried for a lot of the film's opening weekend. See more »

Goofs

The chain on Richard's watch when he checks the time after Arthur leaves his hotel room. It goes from being attached to Richard's pants to being in his hand. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[various snippets in crowd chatter]
Richard Collier: I got some news. There was an agent in the house tonight, and he said he thinks this play might be good enough for Broadway.
[cheers from crowd]
Richard Collier: Fingers crossed, who knows? Come on, let's all have some cake.
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Alternate Versions

Video version has some parts of the soundtrack changed, due to copyright problems: the original "Theme from Somewhere In Time," performed by pianist Roger Williams over the end titles, is replaced by other music in the videocassette and DVD versions. It's intact in the laserdisc release. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.87 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Somewhere In Time (End Title Theme)
Music by John Barry (uncredited)
Performed by Roger Williams
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Romance "writ" large---
16 February 2003 | by IshallwearpurpleSee all my reviews

---"Somewhere In Time" is one of the most romantic films ever. It is also a wonderful period film. Shot at the Grand Hotel on Mackinaw Island, the 1800's hotel and grounds, the background of the Great Lake and lighthouse, just enhances the romantic atmosphere. It sure made me HAVE to visit the island and spend a magical day walking around, having lunch and visiting Jane Seymore's picture in the museum room, just like in the film.

Have any two people ever been filmed so beautifully? The period dresses Jane wears are so lovely.

And has a score, by John Barry, ever been more romantic? Perfectly enhances the romanticism of the story.

Superman Christopher Reeve is all boyish charm and wonder; when he walks towards Jane by the lake and she says "Are you the one?" Well, it takes your breath they are so gorgeous.

Any romantic can't help but have a lump in the throat at the lovely ending - white on white - no beginning and no end - they are together "Somewhere In Time." 9/10


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