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Somewhere in Time -- A Chicago playwright uses self-hypnosis to find the actress whose vintage portrait hangs in a grand hotel.

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Director:
Writers:
Richard Matheson (screenplay)
Richard Matheson (novel)
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Release Date:
3 October 1980 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Some day in the past, he will find her. See more »
Plot:
A Chicago playwright uses self-hypnosis to find the actress whose vintage portrait hangs in a grand hotel. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 6 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Fantasy Classic See more (239 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Christopher Reeve ... Richard Collier

Jane Seymour ... Elise McKenna

Christopher Plummer ... William Fawcett Robinson

Teresa Wright ... Laura Roberts

Bill Erwin ... Arthur Biehl

George Voskovec ... Dr. Gerald Finney
Susan French ... Older Elise
John Alvin ... Arthur's Father
Eddra Gale ... Genevieve
Audrey Bennett ... Richard's Date

William H. Macy ... Critic (as W.H. Macy)
Laurence Coven ... Critic
Susan Bugg ... Penelope
Christy Michaels ... Beverly
Ali Marie Matheson ... Student (as Ali Matheson)

George Wendt ... Student
Steve Boomer ... Hippie

Pat Billingsley ... Professor (as Patrick Billingsley)
Ted Liss ... Agent
Francis X. Keefe ... Desk Clerk
Taylor Williams ... Maitre D'
Noreen Walker ... Librarian
Evans Ghiselli ... Coin Shop Proprietor
Barbara Giovannini ... Tourist in Hall of History

Don Franklin ... Tourist in Hall of History
David Hull ... Hotel Manager
Paul Cook ... Doctor (as Paul M. Cook)
Victoria Michaels ... Maude
William P. O'Hagan ... Rollo
Maud Strand ... Marie
Bo Clausen ... Man in Elevator, in 1912
James P. Dunnigan ... Second Man in Elevator, in 1912
Sean Hayden ... Young Arthur, in 1912
Hal Frank ... Stage Manager, in 1912
Hayden Jones ... Man with Stage Manager in 1912
Val Bettin ... Director, in 1912

Bruce Jarchow ... Bones, in 1912
Ed Meekin ... Fisher, in 1912
Erin Tomcheff ... Miss Hammond, in 1912
J.J. Butler ... Prompter, in 1912
Chukuma ... Bearded Stagehand, in 1912

Michael Woods ... Dinner Guest, in 1912
Jerry Kaufherr ... Maitre D', in 1912
Don Melvoin ... Diamond Jim, in 1912
Ann K. Irish ... Teacher, in 1912
JoBe Cerny ... 2nd Day Desk Clerk, in 1912 (as Jo Be Cerny)

Richard Matheson ... Astonished Man - in 1912
Audrie Neenan ... Maid in Play (1912)

Tim Kazurinsky ... Photographer, in 1912
Robert Swan ... Stagehand with Note, in 1912 (as Bob Swan)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Stan Adams ... Man In Library (uncredited)
Sandra Bogan ... Woman at Hotel (uncredited)
Shamey Cramer ... Bellboy (uncredited)
Steven Earl-Edwards ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Jeannot Szwarc 
 
Writing credits
Richard Matheson (screenplay)

Richard Matheson (novel "Bid Time Return")

Produced by
Steve Bickel .... associate producer
Stephen Deutsch .... producer
Ray Stark .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
John Barry 
 
Cinematography by
Isidore Mankofsky (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Jeff Gourson 
 
Casting by
Jennifer Shull 
 
Production Design by
Seymour Klate 
 
Set Decoration by
Mary Ann Biddle 
 
Costume Design by
Jean-Pierre Dorléac  (as Jean-Pierre Dorleac)
 
Makeup Department
Sandra Henderson .... hair stylist
Gregg Mitchell .... hair stylist
Paul Sanchez .... makeup artist
Jack Wilson .... makeup artist
Jim Gillespie .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Britt Lomond .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Burt Bluestein .... first assistant director
Lorraine Senna .... second assistant director
Don Wilkerson .... dga trainee (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Tom Bartholomew .... construction
Earl F. Betts .... construction (as Earl Betts)
Christopher Burian-Mohr .... set designer (as Chris Burian-Mohr)
Martin Emert .... set dresser
Edward G. Fitzgerald .... set dresser (as Ed Fitzgerald)
Andy Hawkes .... construction
Douglas M. Keenan .... assistant property master (as Douglas Keenan)
Richard Mazzotti .... set dresser
Jerry Moss .... property master (as Gerald Moss)
Bob Nohles .... construction coordinator (as Bobby Nohles)
Donnie R. Puga .... construction (as Donnie Puga)
Phil Read .... construction
Bob Shaw .... construction (as Robert Shaw)
Doug Sofio .... construction
Dwight Solander .... construction
Emidgio Sosa-Chavez .... set dresser
John Stewart .... construction
Robert D. Stout .... set dresser (as Bob Stout)
John Verna .... set dresser
Woody Woodworth .... construction
 
Sound Department
George Fredrick .... sound editor
Roger Heman Jr. .... sound re-recording mixer (as Roger Heman)
Charlie King .... sound (as Charles L. King III)
James Leckett .... sound recordist
Earl Madery .... sound re-recording mixer (as Earl M. Madery)
Vince Melandri .... loop dialogue editor
Rex Slinkard .... sound re-recording mixer (as Rex A. Slinkard)
Roger Sword .... sound effects editor (as Roger A. Sword)
John Unsinn .... boom operator
Dan Wallin .... sound recording mixer
 
Special Effects by
Jack Faggard .... special effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Norman Ash .... electrician
Alfred Budniak .... electrician
Sal Camacho .... second assistant camera
Joe Collins .... key grip
Donald Dahlquist .... electrician
Bertis Fancher .... grip (as Bert Fancher)
Jim Haboush .... grip (as James Haboush)
Rod Helzer .... grip
Jake Jarrell .... gaffer
Mike Mandel .... grip
Bill Masten .... first assistant camera (as William Masten)
Chris O'Neil .... electrician
Michael Orefice .... electrician
Don Piel .... camera operator (as Donald J. Piel)
Philip Sloan .... electrician (as Phillip Sloane)
Brian Smith .... grip
Fred White .... electrician
Melinda Wickman .... still photographer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Christopher Burian-Mohr .... costumer
Dan Chichester .... costumer: men (as Daniel Chichester)
Greg Hall .... costumer: men
Grace Kuhn .... costumer: women
Opal Vils .... costumer: women
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Rick Fields .... assistant editor (as Richard Fields)
Jim Henry .... color timer
 
Music Department
John Barry .... conductor
Kenneth Hall .... music editor (as Ken Hall)
Dan Wallin .... score mixer
 
Transportation Department
Tom Battaglia .... transportation captain
Russ Buckens .... transportation
Rocky D'Amico .... transportation
Steve Hellerstein .... transportation captain
Rick Hill .... transportation
Lawren McDonald .... transportation
 
Other crew
Charles Ajar .... projectionist
Don Antonacchio .... assistant stylist
Susan Bender .... assistant location auditor
Ulla Bourne .... script supervisor
Valerie J. Bresee .... assistant to producer
Dan Dewey .... location coordinator
Dan Dewey .... production assistant
John Hammond .... craft service
Susan Joy Harris .... secretary to director (as Susan J. Harris)
Willie Kupahu .... location auditor (as Willy Kupahu)
Susan Pile .... unit publicist
Virginia Siman .... first aid
Allison Caine .... additional voice talent (uncredited)
 
Thanks
John Hulett .... thanks
Daniel Musser .... thanks
Lucy Salenger .... special thanks (as Lucie Salenger)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
103 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-12 | France:U | Japan:G (2009) | Peru:PT | Singapore:PG | Sweden:11 | UK:PG | USA:PG (certificate #25953) | West Germany:16

Did You Know?

Trivia:
This is William H. Macy's first film.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: The Portrait of Elise seen by Richard is a glossy gelatin print. Glossy gelatin printing out paper was not commercially available until the 1920s. Before this date, only mat and gloss albumen or mat gelatin processes were available.See more »
Quotes:
[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 XVIIISee more »

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44 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
Fantasy Classic, 30 June 2002
Author: Tom Fowler (tom.fowler@sbcglobal.net) from Overland Park, KS

Somewhere In Time is not only a fantasy story. It is romance, science fiction, and fantasy rolled into one, based on Richard Matheson's novel, Bid Time Return, (Matheson also wrote the screenplay and has a cameo appearance in the film). Shot in 1980 and released by Universal Studios, it is a wonderful and, I feel, classic film that has stood the test of time. I am often surprised at how many persons of adult age have seen it. I cannot understand why Somewhere In Time has been panned by the critics since its release. Filmed on location in Chicago and Mackinac Island, Michigan, Somewhere In Time is a little long at 104 minutes. However, the story never drags so this is not a big liability. Directed by Jean Szarc, the cast is first rate, starring Christopher Reeve, (what a standard of personal courage he has set for us in recent years!) as the playwright Richard Collier, Jane Seymour, one of the loveliest ladies to ever grace either the large or small screens, as the actress Elise McKenna, and the fine character actor Christopher Plummer as the mean-spirited W.S. Robinson, McKenna's agent. The story begins in May, 1972. Playwright Collier is visited by a very old woman at a party he is attending at Millfield College, close to the Grand Island Hotel on Mackinac Island, which will be so important to the story later. She approaches and hands him a pocket watch. Cryptically, she says, "Come back to me.' We now fast forward eight years to Chicago, 1980. The restless Collier, who has recently broken up with his lady friend, is drawn to The Grand Hotel. Collier drives up to Mackinac Island and checks into the hotel. The kind-hearted Arthur, who has lived and worked at the hotel for 70 years, asks him if "they had met before." Collier assures him they have not. Collier chances upon an old photo of the turn of the century actress Elise McKenna in the hotel museum and is mesmerized by her. Arthur tells him that she appeared in a play at the hotel in 1912. Collier's obsession quickly grows and he begins research on her life. He comes across a photo of McKenna as an old woman and remembers her as the mysterious lady he met at the party. He discovers from her housekeeper that McKenna died eight years previous, on the very night she made herself known to him, and that something happened during her hotel appearance in 1912. After that, according to the housekeeper, she was never the same. During his visit to McKenna's home, he discovers a book on time travel that Elise read "again and again." After visiting with the book's author and, finding his own name in an old Grand Hotel register from 1912, Collier makes an intense effort to slip into the past, and succeeds. Soon, he meets Elise in the hotel, (he has transported himself to the time when Elise McKenna is staying in the hotel, preparing for her performance), and the scene where he and she meet is quite moving. At this point, the story becomes even better because Reeve does not have to carry it by himself. Seymour and Plummer step in and, what had been a good picture, becomes an excellent one for the duration. Richard and Elise quickly become drawn to each other, much to Robinson's unease. Robinson, who loves her but will not admit it, has a genuine concern when the playwright Richard Collier cannot name any of his work that he is familiar with. There is an unhealthy tension between these two strong-willed men until film's end. There are many interesting segments through this portion of the story. Entering the hotel restaurant, Collier seems to walk forever. The shot of the beautiful Elise, sitting at her makeup table with hair down and thrown over one shoulder, daydreaming of Richard, is enough to take the breath out of any man, (certainly this one!). The kiss first between Richard and Elise is very gentle and tender, and another lump forms in the throat when Elise again unpins her hair as Richard closes the door to room 117. But, perhaps the best scene in the entire film is when Elise, caught up with emotion, seems to ad-lib directly to an equally emotional Richard, sitting in the audience, during the hotel performance. Now is a good time to note that Jane Seymour possesses an interesting combination of hesitation and come-hither in look and demeanor. Ms. Seymour is something you do not come across often: an extremely alluring woman but very much a lady. The wholesome Reeve played off of her extremely well. The furious Robinson loses control of himself and has Richard beaten by thugs, causing him to lose credibility with his star forever. However, fate deals a cruel hand to the star-crossed lovers as, just when they have admitted their love for one another, Richard is abruptly returned to 1980, waking up in the same bed he was originally transported from. I won't give the story's very touching finale away, I will just say that the emotionally devastated Richard spends the final few minutes of the story attempting to return to 1912 and Elise. A few final comments. For fans of romance, fantasy and science fiction, Somewhere In Time will indeed be a special treat. (That the music is hauntingly beautiful only enhances the mood). It was pleasing to see Richard Matheson, author of such hard-edged tales as The Omega Man and The Shrinking Man, (to name but two), and who is seen as an astonished viewer during Elise McKenna's Grand Hotel performance, turn out such a powerful love story. I noticed only one glaring editing mistake, and that is an excellent accomplishment for a period story of this length. Near film's end, the heartbroken Richard lies listless and semi-comatose in a Grand Hotel guest room, pining for Elise, for a full week. When Arthur, (The gentleness of the lifelong hotel servant impressed me. I wish I could meet a few Arthur types at hotels I stay in!), finds him, the fact that he has had little food or water for days and is dangerously close to death is impressed upon us. However, when we see his face, he is clean-shaven and way too bright-eyed for a man under such a self-imposed ordeal! I hope that perhaps someday Christopher Reeve's health is such that he can once again co-star with the ever beautiful Jane Seymour. Mr. Reeve's physical limitations notwithstanding, I believe they would still make a terrific screen team.

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