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Timeline (2003)

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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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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)


$19,480,739 (USA) (13 February 2004)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Doniger's death is much darker in the book. In it, he is sent to Castlegard during the time of the Black Plague, the chapter ending with him finding some death bodies and starting coughing. See more »


When the team see the star chart images, taken in 14th Century France, they clearly show the constellations of Centaurus and the Southern Cross, not visible from France, now or 1357. See more »


Lord Oliver: [to Andre] Scottish? You've come to kill us all in our beds, eh?
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Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.156 (2010) See more »


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Written and Performed by Vikkie Rae Jordan
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Another great story wasted.
11 December 2005 | by (India) – See all my reviews

Sorry, the book had so much potential to be turned into an awesome film. But this low-budget crap with pathetic screenplay, well, kinda dishonored Crichton. All the book-to-film changes (Yes, all!) slowly destroyed the film. Paul walker looks fine like Chris but he cannot act; and Frances O'Connor is a fine actress but the role of Kate isn't for her. Gerard Butler on the other hand might be one good thing in the whole film. The multiverse-travel scene is a total disaster. The character development of the lead people, and also Doniger, is left behind which took away much taste from the story.

Reading the book is more recommended.

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