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The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)

PG-13 | | Drama, Fantasy, Romance | 14 August 2009 (USA)
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A Chicago librarian has a gene that causes him to involuntarily time travel, creating complications in his marriage.



(screenplay), (novel)
2,754 ( 250)
1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »



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When Henry DeTamble meets Clare Abshire in a Chicago library they both understand that he is a time traveler, but she knows much more about him as he has not yet been to the times and places where they have already met. He falls in love with her, as she has already with him, but his continuing unavoidable absences while time traveling - and then returning with increasing knowledge of their future - makes things ever more difficult for Clare. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, brief disturbing images, nudity and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 August 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Te amaré por siempre  »

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Box Office


$39,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,410,333 (UK) (14 August 2009)


$63,411,478 (USA) (27 November 2009)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Steven Spielberg, Gus Van Sant and David Fincher were all considered for directing, but negotiations fell through. See more »


When Clare is in the bathtub talking to Henry the water is clearly visible near the top of the tub. When the shot changes to a medium of Henry it is clear that the tub is empty of water. See more »


[first lines]
Henry at Six: [giving up] I can't sing.
Annette DeTamble: That was fine, Henry.
Henry at Six: I can't sing like you.
Annette DeTamble: Of course not. You're supposed to sing like you.
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Es ist ein Ros entsprungen
Written by Micheal Praetorius
Performed by Mycheal Danna
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User Reviews

Surprisingly good movie! A great date movie!
14 August 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I entered this one, I thought it would be another Kate Hudson/Matthew McConaughey, Richard Gere/Julia Roberts,Diane Lane, wuvvy-duvvey-cutesy-wootsy boring predictable love movie.

I was completely wrong. We've all seen movies that involve time travel and this one is near the top.

It shows the reality of a relationship between two individuals who have to deal with the negative effects of time travel in a close relationship.

This movie had me near tears at the end, which is truly sad since I haven't cried since the movie Beaches.

The only thing I didn't like about this movie was that I found myself trying to figure out this mans time travel and if it made sense. There are a few loose ends left untied.

Other than that, the two leads were solid and the movie is entertaining. I wouldn't rush out to see it, but it is definitely worth renting.

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