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Time at the Top (1999)

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14-year old Susan Shawson travels back in time in her building's elevator. As altered by a retired physicist living in her building, it transports her from Philadelphia of 1998 back to the ... See full summary »

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Frank Shawson
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Susan Shawson
Gabrielle Boni ...
Victoria Walker
Matthew Harbour ...
Robert Walker
Lynne Adams ...
Nora Walker / Nina Shawson
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Edward Ormondroyd
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Mr. Reynolds
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Detective Gagin (as Charles Powell)
Jean LeClerc ...
Cyrus Sweeney (as Jean Leclerc)
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Austin
Jacklin Webb ...
Mrs. Clutchett
Michel Perron ...
Bodoni
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Mrs. McLernon
Amy King ...
Alana
Lincoln Ward ...
Captain
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14-year old Susan Shawson travels back in time in her building's elevator. As altered by a retired physicist living in her building, it transports her from Philadelphia of 1998 back to the same place in 1881. There she meets Victoria Walker, a girl her own age in need of assistance with her own family problems. Gradually discovering the power of her time machine, Susan, Victoria, and her young brother Robert travel back and forth in time and succeed in changing both the past and the future. Written by Alain Silver <alainsil@aol.com>

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When Frank Shawson looks out of his window after Susan's second disappearance the date 1847 can clearly be seen on the wall of the building. This means that it could not be on the same spot as the Walker house, it would already have been standing for 34 years in 1881. See more »

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A very good movie for kids, that stimulates the imagination.
10 July 2001 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

I found 'Time At The Top' an entertaining and stimulating experience. The acting, while not generally brilliant, was perfectly acceptable and sometimes very good. As a film obviously aimed at the younger demographic, it is certainly one of the better works in the genre (Children's Sci-Fi). Normally, I would say that Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia produce the best movies and TV shows for children, and 'Time At The Top' does nothing to discount this theory! I don't think that continuity and great acting are important to younger people. A good plot and an imaginative screenplay are far more important to them. Both are in abundance in this film. The special effects are good, without detracting from the story, or closing the viewers off from their own imaginations. It would have been very easy to inject an over-load of SFX in this film, but it would have totally destroyed its entire 'Raison D'etre'.

The settings and camera work are of a very high standard in this movie, and complement the fine wardrobe and historical accuracy. Overall, this film is highly satisfactory, and I recommend it to all viewers who can see the world through children's eyes, or those that try to, like myself! Now, I really must read the original book, as soon as possible.


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