A Chicago playwright uses self-hypnosis to travel back in time and meet the actress whose vintage portrait hangs in a grand hotel.

Director:

Jeannot Szwarc

Writers:

Richard Matheson (screenplay), Richard Matheson (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Christopher Reeve ... Richard Collier
Jane Seymour ... Elise McKenna
Christopher Plummer ... William Fawcett Robinson
Teresa Wright ... Laura Roberts
Bill Erwin ... Arthur Biehl
George Voskovec ... Dr. Gerald Finney
Susan French ... Older Elise
John Alvin ... Arthur's Father
Eddra Gale ... Genevieve
Audrey Bennett Audrey Bennett ... Richard's Date
William H. Macy ... Critic (as W. H. Macy)
Laurence Coven Laurence Coven ... Critic
Susan Bugg Susan Bugg ... Penelope
Christy Michaels Christy Michaels ... Beverly
Ali Marie Matheson Ali Marie Matheson ... Student (as Ali Matheson)
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Storyline

Young writer Richard Collier is met on the opening night of his first play by an old lady who begs him to "Come back to me". Mystified, he tries to find out about her, and learns that she is a famous stage actress from the early 1900s, Elise McKenna. Becoming more and more obsessed with her, he manages, by self hypnosis, to travel back in time where he meets her. They fall in love, a matching that is not appreciated by her manager. Can their love outlast the immense problems caused by their "time" difference? And can Richard remain in a time that is not his? Written by Rhino <rhino@blueyonder.co.uk>

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He sacrificed life in the present... to find love in the past. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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PG | See all certifications »

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Trivia

According to producer Stephen Deutsch, Christopher Reeve's agent literally laughed in his face when he was told the salary his client would be offered for the role ( in what would be his first role after his star-making performance in the smash hit Superman (1978)). He refused to read the script or allow Reeve to hear about it. Knowing he could not proceed without a star, Deutsch clandestinely slipped Reeve the script in his hotel room. Reeve called the next day and said he loved the script and would accept the part. Reeve told Deutsch that another reason why he accepted was that the other project he was being offered at the time was a viking movie. See more »

Goofs

The flags outside the grand hotel show 50 stars/states, but there were only 48 states in 1912. Alaska and Hawaii didn't become states until 1959. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[various snippets in crowd chatter]
Richard Collier: I got some news. There was an agent in the house tonight, and he said he thinks this play might be good enough for Broadway.
[cheers from crowd]
Richard Collier: Fingers crossed, who knows? Come on, let's all have some cake.
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Alternate Versions

Video version has some parts of the soundtrack changed, due to copyright problems: the original "Theme from Somewhere In Time," performed by pianist Roger Williams over the end titles, is replaced by other music in the videocassette and DVD versions. It's intact in the laserdisc release. See more »

Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Movie Time Travellers (2015) See more »

Soundtracks

Somewhere In Time (End Title Theme)
Music by John Barry (uncredited)
Performed by Roger Williams
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Only for the imaginative and the warm hearted
15 August 2003 | by ADOZER200See all my reviews

One day i was going through my friend's movies and i was picking some of the really good ones to watch. His wife grabbed somewhere in time and told me that it was good. I was very unsure about the movie but i watched it anyways. By the end of the movie i was in awe. The acting is excellent. The story was creative. The dialogue was extravagant. The music was fantastic. The cinematography was terrific. This movie was awesome. Yes it is a romance movie for all you people who hate romance movies but if you have to watchan origina and entertaining love story then i recomend this one. Tust me guys it not your typical love story!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bid Time Return See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,203,011, 5 October 1980

Gross USA:

$9,709,597

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,709,597
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Rastar Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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