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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)
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1 win & 5 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hospital Receptionist
Bart Bedford ...
Library Researcher
Esther Jun ...
Chicago Police #1
Craig Snoyer ...
Chicago Police #2
Carly Street ...
Romyen Tangsubutra ...
Thai Waiter


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 USA:

$18,623,171, 16 August 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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(At around seventeen minutes) Rachel McAdams has a tattoo on her lower back on the left side, which is visible. See more »


Henry states at the beginning of the movie that he tried to prevent the car accident that killed his mother but he could never make it in time. The fact that he could have to warned his mother against driving the car on that particular hapless night on several occasions before the accident remains a glaring omission. He could have called her on the phone, passed the message through young Clare or in fact warned her in person when he met her on the train three years before the accident or all of the above and anything else. 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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Referenced in An Unconventional Love Story (2010) See more »


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Written by Micheal Praetorius
Performed by Mycheal Danna
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Lacks the emotional and scientific wallop of the novel
10 February 2010 | by See all my reviews

As a stand-alone creature, *The Time Traveler's Wife* is a nice love story about a nice couple struggling with an unusual difficulty. The actors do a fine job with the material they were given, but unfortunately, what they were given was a pale shadow of the original tale. The original tale was fleshed out with much stronger plot points, subtexts and symbolism, with supporting characters who had a real role to play in the progression of the plot. Several of these have been jettisoned completely, others are there for reasons that really make no sense other than to be "couple friends." (For example, the character crucial to the ending in the book is only alluded to and not in the context of the ending.) The whole reason for the ending was completely glossed over (to say more gives away an important novel plot point), the intensity of the struggles the couple faces are barely evident, and their motivations (driven by some of those very same supporting characters) are unclear. Obviously one can only fit so much of such a dense work into a two-hour feature, but there are other ways this could be done without making the story a superficial shadow of its former self. Hour-long TV dramas do a better job of providing this kind of writing, characterization, and directing (even those that are not serialized). Furthermore, while the novel gives us a range of characters with whom to identify in a very complex and surreal conceit, the movie only gives us the central two characters, which means if you don't identify with them, you're not going to enjoy the movie. On the other hand, if you do, and if you haven't read the novel, you may enjoy the story as a superficial love story with a clichéd ending. Novel lovers, beware, a key scene, the one that ties everything together at the end of the story, is completely missing, and that was, to me, the greatest loss, as it actually went to the heart of the love story itself.

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