Kate and her actor brother live in N.Y. in the 21st Century. Her ex-boyfriend, Stuart, lives above her apartment. Stuart finds a space near the Brooklyn Bridge where there is a gap in time.... See full summary »
Kate and her actor brother live in N.Y. in the 21st Century. Her ex-boyfriend, Stuart, lives above her apartment. Stuart finds a space near the Brooklyn Bridge where there is a gap in time. He goes back to the 19th Century and takes pictures of the place. Leopold -- a man living in the 1870s -- is puzzled by Stuart's tiny camera, follows him back through the gap, and they both ended up in the present day. Leopold is clueless about his new surroundings. He gets help and insight from Charlie who thinks that Leopold is an actor who is always in character. Leopold is a highly intelligent man and tries his best to learn and even improve the modern conveniences that he encounters. Written by
Rosemea D.S. MacPherson
In the movie, Kate's boss tries to impress her with his knowledge about La Bohème, but Leopold corrects the boss' mistakes about the opera. For instance, Leopold informs Kate that the name of the male lead is Rodolfo, not Andrè, and that the opera is sung in Italian, not French, although it is set in Paris. The point is that Leopold's travel to the future occurs in 1976, while the world premiere performance of La Bohème was in Turin on 1 February 1896. Another point is that the Brooklyn bridge was inaugurated in 1883, not in 1876. See more »
When in 1876, Leopold is addressed both as "Your Highness" and "Your Grace." However, the former is only used to address Dukes who are also members of the Royal family, in which case the latter is never used and would be considered offensive. If Leopold is not a member of the Royal family, then he should only be addressed as "Your Grace," and using the style "Your Highness" would be incorrect and offensive to the royal family. However, because his dance partner, who is an American, would not realize the offense and uses Your Highness. Thus the forced smile from Leopold and the stoic expression from Otis. Leopold's surname is "Mountbatten" suggesting that he is of the House of Mountbatten (formerly the House of Battenberg until world war I) which was a morganatic branch of royalty that was not capable of inheriting titles such as a dukedom. See more »
Time. Time, it has been proposed, is the fourth dimension. And yet, for mortal man, time has no dimension at all. We are like horses with blinders, seeing only what lies before us. Forever guessing the future and fabricating the past.
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In 1852, Elisha Graves Otis invented the safety brake for a lifting platform. One year later in 1853, he founded the Otis Elevator Company in Yonkers, New York. The Otis Elevator Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of United Technologies Corporation. See more »
Liev Schreiber (badly used and miscast) travels from NYC 2002 to NYC 1862 (the how and why are never really explained). While coming back he accidentally brings a 19th century duke Leopold (Hugh Jackman) with him. Leopold meets Kate (Meg Ryan) and...well, you can figure it out from there.
The movie looks beautiful, is VERY romantic and Jackman is incredibly handsome, sexy, funny...God, those eyes of his...but this movie is really dumb. There are some plot turns that are unbelievable (the time travel is never explained; Jackman saves Ryan's purse from a mugger on horseback--literally; Jackman gets used to the 21st century way too quickly; do New Yorkers always leave their windows open so someone can clamber in off the fire escape?). Also Ryan has played this part once too often--she's getting too old and (sadly) she looks it. However, Breckin Meyer is very good and funny as her brother.
The only reason to see the movie is Jackman--he's just great. And it IS cute. So, it's worth seeing.
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