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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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Genevieve
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Richard's Date
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Critic (as W.H. Macy)
Laurence Coven ...
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Susan Bugg ...
Penelope
Christy Michaels ...
Beverly
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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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3 October 1980 (USA)  »

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Bid Time Return  »

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$5,100,000 (estimated)
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Automobiles are not allowed on Mackinac Island, Michigan, location of the Grand Hotel and site of much of the movie. The use of cars for the movie required special permission from the town. Although cars were allowed for filming, the cast and crew weren't allowed to drive them outside of actual filming for the movie. See more »

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At the beginning of the film, Elise gives a watch to Richard after watching his first play, saying "Come Back To Me". Richard takes the watch back with him into the past, leaving it with Elise when he unwillingly returns to the present. Elise keeps it until she gives it to Richard, seen at the beginning of the film. This is a temporal paradox, since at no point in this loop does the watch actually get manufactured. 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 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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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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