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
The hotel in the film's source novel, the Hotel del Coronado, was the first choice for use in the film. The hotel had been well known for its appearance in the classic film Some Like It Hot (1959) but it could not be used in this film version due to its modernization. This modernizing, preventing a depiction of 1912 film reality, included roof antennas, aluminum windows, new tennis courts and a high-rise convention center built on the property. The Mackinac Island's Grand Hotel was sited in the book "Great American Hotels", was perfect, and was selected for use in the film. Today, there is a plaque on stone monument placed on the hotel's site at the actual place where Richard and Elise met in the film. Ironically, due to the limited budget, cast and crew did not stay at the hotel during principal photography, they stayed in dormitories on the other side of Mackinac Island. The Hotel del Coronado did not miss out on a film production though, it was used for another picture around the same time that this film was made, for The Stunt Man (1980). See more »
When Richard kneels down in the hotel lobby to return the ball to the little boy (that in modern time is the bellboy), there are modern day fire sprinkler head covers in the ceiling behind him. See more »
[various snippets in crowd chatter]
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]
Fingers crossed, who knows? Come on, let's all have some cake.
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Being one who always seems to enjoy time-travel stories, it's no wonder I like this movie so much, but it isn't the interesting "time" angle that draws me in: it's also the fact that this is one of the most touching love stories I've ever seen. I'm not usually a big fan of romance stories, but this one has always moved me, maybe because, as another reviewer points out, it's from the man's point of view.
The film is a wonderful old-fashioned type of story with a really nice feel for the period (1912) and is simply a pleasant, leisurely-paced story I found comfortable. Would kids of today like this? No. Too slow for them. Too bad, because I found the movie moved pretty well. The 100 minutes went by quickly.
Christopher Reeve is the star of the film but personally I found Jane Seymour and Christopher Plummer far more entertaining. The theme song, "Somewhere In Time," is one of the prettiest songs ever and that adds to the sad and frustrating romance angle of the story. The language also is quite tame. Yes, it's a bit "sappy" at times, but for sentimental people, this is a nice film to keep.
My only real complaint is I've never seen a sharp transfer put on a DVD yet. There have been two DVDs out and both have that grainy look to them. That's disappointing because this would really look nice with a clear picture. The film deserves better treatment.
NOTE: A Blu-Ray of this film was released in March of 2014 and finally does this great film justice!
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