Somewhere in Time (1980)

PG  |   |  Drama, Fantasy, Romance  |  3 October 1980 (USA)
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A Chicago playwright uses self-hypnosis to find the actress whose vintage portrait hangs in a grand hotel.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Arthur's Father
Eddra Gale ...
Audrey Bennett ...
Richard's Date
Critic (as W.H. Macy)
Laurence Coven ...
Susan Bugg ...
Christy Michaels ...
Ali Marie Matheson ...
Student (as Ali Matheson)


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 <>

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


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3 October 1980 (USA)  »

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Bid Time Return  »

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$5,100,000 (estimated)

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(Westrex Recording System)



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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


This is the only one of Christopher Reeve's first four films in which Ned Beatty does not appear. See more »


The hotel register that Richard finds in the attic in 1980 is different than the register he signs at the hotel in 1912. Notice the signatures and placement of "Chicago" - completely different. See more »


[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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Referenced in Julie and Jack (2003) See more »


You Made Me Love You
Written by James V. Monaco and Joseph McCarthy
Performed by Jane Seymour
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Touching Time-Travel Tale
26 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Being one who always seems to enjoy time-travel stories, it's no wonder I like this movie so much, but it isn't the interesting "time" angle that draws me in: it's also the fact that this is one of the most touching love stories I've ever seen. I'm not usually a big fan of romance stories, but this one has always moved me, maybe because, as another reviewer points out, it's from the man's point of view.

The film is a wonderful old-fashioned type of story with a really nice feel for the period (1912) and is simply a pleasant, leisurely-paced story I found comfortable. Would kids of today like this? No. Too slow for them. Too bad, because I found the movie moved pretty well. The 100 minutes went by quickly.

Christopher Reeve is the star of the film but personally I found Jane Seymour and Christopher Plummer far more entertaining. The theme song, "Somewhere In Time," is one of the prettiest songs ever and that adds to the sad and frustrating romance angle of the story. The language also is quite tame. Yes, it's a bit "sappy" at times, but for sentimental people, this is a nice film to keep.

My only real complaint is I've never seen a sharp transfer put on a DVD yet. There have been two DVDs out and both have that grainy look to them. That's disappointing because this would really look nice with a clear picture. The film deserves better treatment.

NOTE: A Blu-Ray of this film was released in March of 2014 and finally does this great film justice!

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