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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Arthur's Father
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Genevieve
Audrey Bennett ...
Richard's Date
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Critic (as W.H. Macy)
Laurence Coven ...
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Susan Bugg ...
Penelope
Christy Michaels ...
Beverly
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>

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Beyond fantasy. Beyond obsession. Beyond time itself... he will find her. See more »

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Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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PG | See all certifications »

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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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Composer John Barry considered using the slow movement (Adagietto) from the Mahler Symphony Number 5 in place of the Rachmaninoff variation. He felt that it was too overwhelming. However, in the scene in Richard's loft during the "eight years later" segment, we see, prominently, an album cover for a recording of Mahler Symphony Number 5. See more »

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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 »

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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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Featured in My Father George Voskovec (2011) See more »

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Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43, Variation XVIII Andante Cantabile
Written by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Conducted by John Barry
Piano solo by Chet Swiatkowsky (uncredited)
Courtesy Belwin Mills Publishing Corp.
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My all-time favorite movie.
3 November 2004 | by (Jax, Fla) – See all my reviews

There are those few movies that make you sit back and just be amazed at the artistic excellence you've just seen. Citizen Kane, Casablanca, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Star Wars, The Godfather, Ben Hur, and The Lord of the Rings trilogy are a few of these. Somewhere In Time is not a blockbuster actioner, but is perhaps the finest fantasy love story ever made.

The cast is perfect. Christopher Reeve is extremely believable. Jane Seymour is gorgeous as the young actress, as is Teresa Wright as her older self. Christopher Plummer is great as Elise McKenna's manager, and Bill Erwin affords himself fine as Arthur. The setting, music, story, and acting are all top notch! We are slowly drawn (and it's just great to take one's time to get involved) into this mysterious romance as the paradox pair of the watch and the time travel gets our hero to "come back to me."

Simply Superb! If you are one of the very few who has not seen this movie, please get it and watch it one time. I've seen it at least 10 times and enjoy it as much each time.


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