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Timeline (2003)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi  |  26 November 2003 (USA)
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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 {}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


This fall you're history See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

26 November 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Prisonniers du temps  »

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Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$549,289 (Italy) (9 July 2004)

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Did You Know?


Twice in the movie (first when Lady Claire is reunited with the French knights, and later in the final battle), a French knight's shield has the Québec flag painted on it. These scenes where shot in Québec, along with every 14th century France scenes. See more »


Just after Doniger kills Kramer in the present, we switch back to the battle in France where Marek watches through a barred window as Claire is about to be hung. The whole grate is supposed to be set in a solid frame, but it moves. The "iron" bar on the right bends and wobbles. See more »


[Everyone is getting ready to leave, except for Josh Stern]
François: [to Stern] Remember the 50 bucks I owe you?
[hands him an I.O.U]
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Featured in Industrial Light & Magic: Creating the Impossible (2010) See more »


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Why you should read the book AFTER you've seen the movie
6 March 2006 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

This is the worst movie-from-book that I've ever seen! While they did a pretty good job filming Jurassic Park, the seriously messed up with Timeline (same author). So, I would suggest you watch this movie before you read the book, otherwise the lack of "fanta-realism" and the differences between book & movie will be too irritating.

Some people blame the fact that you have to put a 300 pages book into a 2 hour film, but Jurassic Park did fine and, thou the theme is totally different, the writing / plot style is pretty the same. It would be acceptable if the techniques used in the book would be taken seriously! I mean, replacing the whole quantum physics idea with a simple "wormhole that can only be found by accident"? Oh please! In the book they tested everything for a dozen times and they had like 3 versions of the machine! There even was a backup plan! So besides this lack of believable technology, you have the "history plot"... English soldiers that start chasing 5 peasants in a crowd of like 500 peasants with this reason "Hey, why aren't you packing yet?".

+ What's with the language? Everyone in the movie is capable of speaking both English and french... except the main characters! Somehow they only understand English. Even the "pure french people" seem to be able to understand English :p Why didn't they do some research (why research, it's all in the book) on the languages? Why didn't they at least try to simulate some kind of medieval scene? This one is definitely one for my "worst movies ever" list.

But, don't get me wrong! The books is extremely strong! Read it!

(sorry for bad English but my native language is dutch...)

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