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Somewhere in Time (1980)

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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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Susan French ...
John Alvin ...
Arthur's Father
Eddra Gale ...
Genevieve
Audrey Bennett ...
Richard's Date
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Critic (as W.H. Macy)
Laurence Coven ...
Critic
Susan Bugg ...
Penelope
Christy Michaels ...
Beverly
Ali Marie Matheson ...
Student (as Ali Matheson)
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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>

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Someday in the past he will find her... See more »


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3 October 1980 (USA)  »

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Seventies sex symbol Bo Derek was considered for the role of Elise. See more »

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When Richard initially goes backstage to look for Elise during the afternoon rehearsal, he passes a hanging bare light bulb. It is a frosted light bulb of modern design (since the '40s) - not the hand-blown clear glass bulb that was in use in 1912. See more »

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[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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Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43, Variation XVIII
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Written by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Courtesy Belwin Mills Publishing Corp.
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Soulmates...Somewhere in Time
8 October 2001 | by (Tennessee, USA) – See all my reviews

For us hopeless romantics, this kind of love story gives us the feeling that our own soulmate might have lived in another time instead of our own. It is a pleasant little fantasy to get lost in for a couple of hours anyway. For someone who analyzes the small details in movies like myself, the story has many hidden twists and turns to figure out. For example, when you consider that Elise Mckenna was 85 years old when she died in 1972, why was Richard Collier a young man in college? Was he the reincarnation of the Richard she had loved 60 years earlier in 1912? Did Richard's time-traveling professor have some connection to Elise? Why did Elise's manager warn Elise of Richard's coming? If you get too concerned with these details then you miss the overall message of the film...true love never dies and true love is worth dying for.


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