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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 film was made and released about five years after its source novel "Bid Time Return" by Richard Matheson was first published in 1975. The book won the World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 1976. Matheson also wrote the film's screenplay. Editions of the novel published since the film was made have adopted the film's "Somewhere in Time" title. The film's original working title was the book's title, "Bid Time Return". That title is derived from a line from Act III, Scene 2 in William Shakespeare's play "Richard II". It reads: "O call back yesterday, bid time return." See more »

Goofs

The hotel register that Richard finds in the attic in 1980 is different than the register he signs at the hotel in 1912. Notice the signatures and placement of "Chicago" - completely different. 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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Connections

Referenced in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Episode #7.87 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Somewhere In Time (End Title Theme)
Music by John Barry (uncredited)
Performed by Roger Williams
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My all-time favorite movie.
3 November 2004 | by CGMCCSee all my reviews

There are those few movies that make you sit back and just be amazed at the artistic excellence you've just seen. Citizen Kane, Casablanca, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Star Wars, The Godfather, Ben Hur, and The Lord of the Rings trilogy are a few of these. Somewhere In Time is not a blockbuster actioner, but is perhaps the finest fantasy love story ever made.

The cast is perfect. Christopher Reeve is extremely believable. Jane Seymour is gorgeous as the young actress, as is Teresa Wright as her older self. Christopher Plummer is great as Elise McKenna's manager, and Bill Erwin affords himself fine as Arthur. The setting, music, story, and acting are all top notch! We are slowly drawn (and it's just great to take one's time to get involved) into this mysterious romance as the paradox pair of the watch and the time travel gets our hero to "come back to me."

Simply Superb! If you are one of the very few who has not seen this movie, please get it and watch it one time. I've seen it at least 10 times and enjoy it as much each time.


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