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Somewhere in Time (1980)

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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Taglines:

Some day in the past, he will find her. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Fantasy | Romance

Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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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)

Gross USA:

$9,709,597
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Rastar Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The famous picture of Elise McKenna was also used as a picture of Michaela Quinn (also played by Jane Seymour (I)') in Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (1993). See more »

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Recurring throughout the movie and specifically referred to in the lovers' conversation is the lyric melody from Rachmaninov "Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini". This work did not exist in 1912. It was composed and premiered in 1934. This is done by design. When Richard is taking Elise for a boat ride, he is humming it. She says that she is familiar with Rachmaninov but not this piece. That makes sense. She wouldn't know it if it was composed later, but Richard would know it because he was born after it was composed. That's why he tells her that he'll introduce it to her sometime. He knows he'll have to wait until it is composed. 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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Soundtracks

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43, Variation XVIII Andante Cantabile
Written by Sergei Rachmaninoff
Conducted by John Barry
Piano solo by Chet Swiatkowsky (uncredited)
Courtesy Belwin Mills Publishing Corp.
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Sublime !
12 August 2007 | by jimmy860See all my reviews

A perfect "Mobius strip" of plotting... try explaining what happens, and you find yourself intriguingly embroiled in explaining a plot that encircles itself. Not many people "get" this aspect of the movie, but it's what makes it work. Cinematic perfection! Let it challenge you ... and let it therefore make you think about the multi-level parameters of love, and longing, and yearning, and loss. Mr. Reeve and Miss Seymour are perfect as the star-crossed lovers; they bring to the screen an innocence and a beauty sorely lacing in today's "in your face" sexual manifestos. I can watch this over over and over, and cry each time-- it is that moving 1


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