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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.

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

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Dr. Gerald Finney
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Arthur's Father
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Genevieve
Audrey Bennett ...
Richard's Date
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Critic (as W.H. Macy)
Laurence Coven ...
Critic
Susan Bugg ...
Penelope
Christy Michaels ...
Beverly
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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Someday in the past he will find her... See more »

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Drama | Fantasy | Romance

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PG | See all certifications »

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3 October 1980 (USA)  »

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Bid Time Return  »

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$5,100,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$9,709,597
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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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One of two 1980 films starring actress Jane Seymour. The other picture was Oh Heavenly Dog (1980). Both movies featured fantasy story elements, one time-travel, the other reincarnation. See more »

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When Richard follows Robinson and Elise from the lake to the hotel after they first meet, the road they walk along is briefly shown and it is modern asphalt pavement with dotted white centerlines. Centerlines (solid, not dotted) did not begin to appear on rural US roads until several years later during WWI and would not become commonplace for many years after that. Most roads at this time were unpaved, cobbled or lined with crushed rocks, such as gravel. What few miles of paved rural roads there were would have most likely been "macadam" or "tarmacadam" type roads commonly in disrepair. Layered asphalt roads similar to today's roads was in its infancy and years from widespread use and the maintenance infrastructure that is needed to maintain them. See more »

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[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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Referenced in Groundhog Day (1993) See more »

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Somewhere In Time (End Title Theme)
Music by John Barry (uncredited)
Performed by Roger Williams
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Virtually the Best Movie Ever
30 July 1999 | by See all my reviews

I am a young man who grew up loving horror, action, and kung-fu movies. I hated the Victorian books we were forced to read in school. However, the one exception to the rule has been this movie. I LOVED this movie. The story line was solid. The direction was superb. And the acting was so good, that I have always wondered why Reeves & Seymour's career didn't catapult after this film. I have watched it many times since it came out, and ever time I am captivated. If you can't relate to this movie, I think you must have a heart of cold stone. This gets a strong KBONE rating of 10 on a scale of 1 to 10. Pay special attention to Seymour's soliloquy during the play and Reeve's facial expressions during that time as well Reeve during the last 10 minutes of the movie. I really can't say enough about this masterpiece.


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