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Somewhere in Time -- Get swept away by one of the most beloved romances ever in this powerful story of a writer (Christopher Reeve) who sacrifices his life in the present to find love in the past.
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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Richard Matheson (screenplay)
Richard Matheson (novel)
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Release Date:
3 October 1980 (USA) See more »
Some day in the past, he will find her. See more »
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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Nominated for Oscar. Another 6 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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  (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)
John Hulett .... thanks
Daniel Musser .... thanks
Lucy Salenger .... special thanks (as Lucie Salenger)
Crew believed to be complete

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

Did You Know?

The hotel in the film's source novel, the Hotel del Coronado, was the first choice for use in the film. The hotel had been well known for its appearance in the classic film Some Like It Hot (1959) but it could not be used in this film version due to its modernization. This modernizing, preventing a depiction of 1912 film reality, included roof antennas, aluminum windows, new tennis courts and a high-rise convention center built on the property. The Mackinac Island's Grand Hotel was sited in the book "Great American Hotels", was perfect, and was selected for use in the film. Today, there is a plaque on stone monument placed on the hotel's site at the actual place where Richard and Elise met in the film. Ironically, due to the limited budget, cast and crew did not stay at the hotel during principal photography, they stayed in dormitories on the other side of Mackinac Island. The Hotel del Coronado did not miss out on a film production though, it was used for another picture around the same time that this film was made, for The Stunt Man (1980).See more »
Continuity: When Collier walks into the Hall of History he is carrying a book. The camera angle changes and he no longer holding a book. He runs to see Arthur and still no book, but when he's eating his diner, he's shown reading the same book.See more »
[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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Movie Connections:
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98 out of 112 people found the following review useful.
The film affirms that love is an undeniable force which goes beyond us..., 26 December 2003

Christopher Reeve takes on the role of (Richard Collier) a successful Chicago playwright who is approached (in May 1972) by a very old woman (Susan French) who will alter the course of his life eternally...

The thoughtful old lady presses a classic pocket watch, from a past existence, into his right hand and intensely whispers four haunting words 'Come back to me,' which will affect him forever...

Eight years have passed and Richard is seeing his work incredibly sterile, gently afflicted with a case of lesser inspiration... So he packs his luggage and heads out to an island of enchanting beauty, to the Grand Hotel on the Straits of Mackinac waterfront...

While waiting for the huge dining hall to open, he tours the grand old building's museum, and sees a portrait of a lovely woman... He becomes obsessed about finding the truth behind the old photograph and begins questioning the people that knew her past... What emerges is a wonderful woman who is the first American stage actress in 1912 to create a mystique in the public's eye... She is the same lady who visited him that night at the premier of one of his plays...

Richard finds himself intrigued... There is so much to hear... People who knew Elise McKenna when she was young said that she was quick and bright and full of fun... Strong, willful, not at all the way she was later...

Seeking help from an old philosophy teacher who had written a book about 'Travels through time,' Richard attempts to disassociate himself entirely from the present, move everything out of sight that could possibly remind him of it, hypnotize his mind, and transport himself backward into the past, into June 27, 1912, into the life of the stunningly beautiful and talented Elise McKenna (Jane Seymour).

Nominated for Best Costume Design, the motion picture is a romantic fantasy that avoids any use of machinery in action... The time travel theory is completely non-scientific... The film captures the idea of a fine young man moving back among other time periods, and affirms that love is an undeniable force which goes beyond us, a force with no limit to the spiritual power, with no end to the potential of spiritual expansion...

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