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
Many of the extras and background artists in the movie were residents of the the film's principal shooting location of Michigan's Mackinac Island. See more »
When Richard follows Robinson and Elise from the lake to the hotel after they first meet, the road they walk along is briefly shown and it is modern asphalt pavement with dotted white centerlines. Centerlines (solid, not dotted) did not begin to appear on rural US roads until several years later during WWI and would not become commonplace for many years after that.
Most roads at this time were unpaved, cobbled or lined with crushed rocks, such as gravel. What few miles of paved rural roads there were would have most likely been "macadam" or "tarmacadam" type roads commonly in disrepair. Layered asphalt roads similar to today's roads was in its infancy and years from widespread use and the maintenance infrastructure that is needed to maintain them. See more »
[various snippets in crowd chatter]
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]
Fingers crossed, who knows? Come on, let's all have some cake.
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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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