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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Professor Johnston
Steve Kahan ...
Arnaut's Deputy


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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In 6 hours they'll be 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)


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

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


David Thewlis met partner Anna Friel during production of this film, and they have been partners ever since. They are the second couple to have met on the set of a Michael Crichton adaptation, the first being Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum. See more »


While hiding in a village hut from Lord Oliver, Kate turns her wrist to look at the blood on her hand twice. See more »


Robert Doniger: Yeah, yeah, look. We need cultural experts, not scientists. My people simply don't know about the medieval world, or how to mingle with the locals, which is what we're gonna have to do, if we're going to find the professor and bring him back.
Marek: So that's it? We just step on that machine and wiz back to 1357?
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References The Journeyman Project 2: Buried in Time (1995) See more »


Just A Little Bad
Written and Performed by Vikkie Rae Jordan
Courtesy of Marc Ferrari/MasterSource
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User Reviews

If this concept interests you, take the time to read the book.
23 April 2005 | by (Toronto) – See all my reviews

I rented this movie knowing that is it based on a Michael Crichton book. The Movie was somewhat entertaining if you could get past the acting. The sets and the costumes were done well and the battle scenes were plausible. However if you read the book there is so much more to explore with the characters and the action. This book was written so it could be a movie. Ten years down the road this should be remade for justice sake. A mini series on could be in order because of the additional scenes that would be needed. And no I am not naive, I know that in any adaptation sacrifices must be made but I feel that because they got a big name to play Chris the centered the movie around him when it is clearly better balanced in the book. I am not a book snob but I saw so much potential in this concept that I felt that the movie was unfinished. That is why I read the book. Judge for your self.

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