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A group of archaeological students become trapped in the past when they go there to retrieve their professor. The group must survive in 14th century France long enough to be rescued.

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In this case, a group of archaeologists and combat experts led by Paul Walker and Frances O'Connor use a "3-D fax machine" (so much for technobabble!) to time-travel back to France in 1357, in hopes of retrieving Walker's father and returning safely to the present. No such luck! Fending for themselves against marauding hordes of medieval French warriors at war with the invading British, these semi-intrepid travelers find their body count rising, and the deadline for their return home is rapidly approaching. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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Rated PG-13 for intense battle sequences and brief language | See all certifications »

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26 November 2003 (USA)  »

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Prisonniers du temps  »

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$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$8,440,629 (USA) (28 November 2003)

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$549,289 (Italy) (9 July 2004)
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Michael Crichton took the unusual step of offering up the film rights for free provided the movie entered into production immediately. Crichton had a back-end deal set up on the basis that his script be used for the film. Ironically, Crichton ended up hating the finished film. See more »

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When Chris and Kate are in the monastery in 14th century France, and first discover the tunnel and start to crawl through it, one of them knocks over a candle. In the next shot it is back standing upright, as if it was never knocked over, without anyone picking it up. See more »

Quotes

Lady Claire: [Interpreting for Marek] He is very grateful you returned his sister.
Lord Arnaut: [Picks up his sword threateningly at Marek] You're English!
Marek: [Hurriedly] No, I'm Scottish.
Lady Claire: Arnaut, he saved the life of one of your men.
Lord Arnaut: You're Scottish, huh?
Marek: Yes.
Lord Arnaut: In that case, I do not know how to express my gratitude.
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Written and Performed by Vikkie Rae Jordan
Courtesy of Marc Ferrari/MasterSource
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Is this supposed to be like the book?
16 April 2004 | by (BC, Canada) – See all my reviews

TimeLine the book is probably one of my most favourite books. I have read it countless times and have enjoyed it every single time. So I was very happy when I saw a preview a long while back that there was going to be a movie about the book.

I wish that when people decided to make a movie out of a book they would make the movie just like the book. Don't change the plot, don't change the characters or their relationships, just leave it intact. They never do. I have been disappointed every time a book that I enjoy has been brought to the screen. I really don't know why I keep getting excited.

Ok, I understand somewhat that you can't re-create everything from a book. It just wouldn't be feasible. But they changed entire genders of people, removed some more interesting moments, changed character relationships slightly, and totally bombed at all the stuff dealing with the ITC, time travel and the vileness of both bad guys.

If you have read the book and seen the movie, you know what I am talking about. Some of the more exciting parts of the book were just not in the movie, like the struggle between the crazed man at the chapel, the fight at the mill and the entire tournament.

I mean I was confused with the whole thing. One of Donnigers right hand men is supposed to be a woman, Chris is NOT the professors son (in the book he is father figure), the French guy that gets killed in the movie does not exist in the book, Marek is supposed to be fluent in all aspects of time period including the languages.

I could go on about all the differences between the book and the movie, but there is no point. I would have to use up an entire screen just to point them out. It was a interesting movie if you had NOT read the book. However, if you have read the book and enjoyed it, a lot of great stuff was left out or warped into something different. I would say that the movie is very loosely based on the book, VERY loosely.

Overall I say I was disappointed. I did enjoy Gerard Butler as Marek, Ethan Embry as David Stern and Paul Walker as Chris. The females leads (Frances O'Connor as Kate and Anna Friel as Lady Claire) could have been better. And I suppose Billy Connoly did an ok job as the professor, although I just didn't quite believe that he was a professor for some reason.

I think I'll go re-read the book.


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