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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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Storyline

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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Prisonniers du temps  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

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 »

Goofs

When Kate and Marek are examining the monastery cave-in, they see a decorated section of the wall, which is damaged. When Kate and Chris go to the same section of the wall in 1357, it is decorated differently, and they break out a larger section of wall than what was missing in the present. See more »

Quotes

Lord Oliver: [to Francois] Je suis un espion. Interpret.
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Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #8.156 (2010) See more »

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Just A Little Bad
Written and Performed by Vikkie Rae Jordan
Courtesy of Marc Ferrari/MasterSource
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Barely relates to the novel
17 April 2004 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

So many important plot elements were left out, that the phrase 'sort of based on an idea by Michael Crichton' is the closest you can get to a relationship to the novel. The most glaring omission is the lack of the radio 'transceivers', which, if you've read the book, were involved in a major plot twist. And, they could have at least made SOME attempt to have the characters speak in 14th century (sounding) languages and used subtitles to give it a more authentic feel. On a positive note, the acting and casting were reasonably good. The action/fighting sequences were done well.

Overall, the movie gave me the feeling that, as so often happens, the producers used the phrase "no one will notice" way too often during meetings.


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