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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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Richard Collier
Elise McKenna
William Fawcett Robinson
Laura Roberts
Arthur Biehl
Dr. Gerald Finney
Older Elise
Arthur's Father
Audrey Bennett ...
Richard's Date
Critic (as W. H. Macy)
Laurence Coven ...
Susan Bugg ...
Christy Michaels ...
Ali Marie Matheson ...
Student (as Ali Matheson)
Student (creditOnly)
Steve Boomer ...
Professor (as Patrick Billingsley)
Ted Liss ...
Francis X. Keefe ...
Desk Clerk
Taylor Williams ...
Maitre D'
Noreen Walker ...
Evans Ghiselli ...
Coin Shop Proprietor
Barbara Giovannini ...
Tourist in Hall of History
Tourist in Hall of History
David Hull ...
Hotel Manager
Paul Cook ...
Doctor (as Paul M. Cook)
Victoria Michaels ...
William P. O'Hagan ...
Maud Strand ...
Bo Clausen ...
Man in Elevator, in 1912
James P. Dunnigan ...
Second Man in Elevator, in 1912
Sean Hayden ...
Young Arthur, in 1912
Hal Frank ...
Stage Manager, in 1912
Hayden Jones ...
Man with Stage Manager in 1912
Director, in 1912
Bones, in 1912
Ed Meekin ...
Fisher, in 1912
Erin Tomcheff ...
Miss Hammond, in 1912
J.J. Butler ...
Prompter, in 1912
Chukuma ...
Bearded Stagehand, in 1912
Dinner Guest, in 1912
Jerry Kaufherr ...
Maitre D', in 1912
Don Melvoin ...
Diamond Jim, in 1912
Ann K. Irish ...
Teacher, in 1912
JoBe Cerny ...
2nd Day Desk Clerk, in 1912 (as Jo Be Cerny)
Astonished Man - in 1912
Maid in Play (1912)
Photographer, in 1912
Stagehand with Note, in 1912 (as Bob Swan)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Man In Library (uncredited)
Woman at Hotel (uncredited)
Shamey Cramer ...
Bellboy (uncredited)
Steven Earl-Edwards ...
Mark David Fritsche ...
Christopher (uncredited)
Photographer on Beach (uncredited)

Directed by

Jeannot Szwarc

Written by

Richard Matheson ... (screenplay)
Richard Matheson ... (novel "Bid Time Return")

Produced by

Steve Bickel ... associate producer
Stephen Deutsch ... producer
Ray Stark ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

John Barry

Cinematography by

Isidore Mankofsky ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Jeff Gourson

Editorial Department

Rick Fields ... assistant editor (as Richard Fields)
Jim Henry ... color timer

Casting By

Jennifer Shull

Production Design by

Seymour Klate

Set Decoration by

Mary Ann Biddle

Costume Design by

Jean-Pierre Dorléac ... (as Jean-Pierre Dorleac)

Makeup Department

Sandra Henderson ... hair stylist
Gregg Mitchell ... hair stylist
Paul Sanchez ... makeup artist
Jack Wilson ... makeup artist
Jim Gillespie ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Production Management

Britt Lomond ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Burt Bluestein ... first assistant director
Lorraine Senna ... second assistant director
Don Wilkerson ... dga trainee (uncredited)

Art Department

Tom Bartholomew ... construction
Earl F. Betts ... construction (as Earl Betts)
Christopher Burian-Mohr ... set designer (as Chris Burian-Mohr)
Martin Emert ... set dresser
Edward G. Fitzgerald ... set dresser (as Ed Fitzgerald)
Andy Hawkes ... construction
Douglas M. Keenan ... assistant property master (as Douglas Keenan)
Richard Mazzotti ... set dresser
Jerry Moss ... property master (as Gerald Moss)
Bob Nohles ... construction coordinator (as Bobby Nohles)
Donnie R. Puga ... construction (as Donnie Puga)
Phil Read ... construction
Bob Shaw ... construction (as Robert Shaw)
Doug Sofio ... construction
Dwight Solander ... construction
Emidgio Sosa-Chavez ... set dresser
John Stewart ... construction
Robert D. Stout ... set dresser (as Bob Stout)
John Verna ... set dresser
Woody Woodworth ... construction
Bill Gold ... poster designer (uncredited)

Sound Department

George Fredrick ... sound editor
Roger Heman Jr. ... re-recording mixer (as Roger Heman)
Charlie King ... sound (as Charles L. King III)
James Leckett ... sound recordist
Earl Madery ... re-recording mixer (as Earl M. Madery)
Vince Melandri ... loop dialogue editor
Rex Slinkard ... re-recording mixer (as Rex A. Slinkard)
Roger Sword ... sound effects editor (as Roger A. Sword)
John Unsinn ... boom operator
Dan Wallin ... sound recording mixer

Special Effects by

Jack Faggard ... special effects

Camera and Electrical Department

Norman Ash ... electrician
Alfred Budniak ... electrician
Sal Camacho ... second assistant camera
Joe Collins ... key grip
Donald Dahlquist ... electrician
Bertis Fancher ... grip (as Bert Fancher)
Jim Haboush ... grip (as James Haboush)
Rod Helzer ... grip
Jake Jarrell ... gaffer
Mike Mandel ... grip
Bill Masten ... first assistant camera (as William Masten)
Chris O'Neil ... electrician
Michael Orefice ... electrician
Don Piel ... camera operator (as Donald J. Piel)
Philip Sloane ... electrician (as Phillip Sloane)
Brian Smith ... grip
Fred White ... electrician
Melinda Wickman ... still photographer

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Christopher Burian-Mohr ... costumer
Dan Chichester ... costumer: men (as Daniel Chichester)
Greg Hall ... costumer: men
Grace Kuhn ... costumer: women
Opal Vils ... costumer: women
Joan Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

Location Management

Dan Dewey ... location coordinator
Willie Kupahu ... location auditor (as Willy Kupahu)

Music Department

John Barry ... conductor
Kenneth Hall ... music editor (as Ken Hall)
Dan Wallin ... score mixer

Script and Continuity Department

Ulla Bourne ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

Tom Battaglia ... transportation captain
Russ Buckens ... transportation
Rocky D'Amico ... transportation
Steve Hellerstein ... transportation captain
Rick Hill ... transportation
Lawren McDonald ... transportation

Other crew

Charles Ajar ... projectionist
Don Antonacchio ... assistant stylist
Susan Bender ... assistant location auditor
Valerie J. Bresee ... assistant to producer
Dan Dewey ... production assistant
John Hammond ... craft service
Susan Joy Harris ... secretary to director (as Susan J. Harris)
Susan Pile ... unit publicist
Virginia Siman ... first aid
Allison Caine ... additional voice talent (uncredited)


John Hulett ... thanks
Daniel Musser ... thanks
Lucy Salenger ... special thanks (as Lucie Salenger)
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines Some day in the past, he will find her. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Bid Time Return (United States)
  • Quelque part dans le temps (France)
  • Ein tödlicher Traum (Germany)
  • Ein tödlicher Traum - Somewhere in Time (Germany)
  • En algún lugar del tiempo (Spain)
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  • 103 min
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Budget $5,100,000 (estimated)

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Trivia While Christopher Reeve was filming this movie, the local theater decided to show his latest hit Superman (1978). Many of the "Somewhere" cast joined the locals for the event. Early into the screening, the sound went out. Reeve, who was seated next to Jane Seymour, stood up in the audience and delivered all the lines. See more »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in In God We Trust, Coast to Coast, Somewhere in Time, Stardust Memories, Oh God! Book II (1980). See more »
Soundtracks Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43, Variation XVIII Andante Cantabile See more »
Quotes Elise McKenna: The man of my dreams has almost faded now. The one I have created in my mind. The sort of man each woman dreams of, in the deepest and most secret reaches of her heart. I can almost see him now before me. What would I say to him if he were really here? "Forgive me. I have never known this feeling. I have lived without it all my life. Is it any wonder, then, I failed to recognise you? You, who brought it to me for the first time. Is there any way that I can tell you how my life has changed? Any way at all to let you know what sweetness you have given me? There is so much to say. I cannot find the words. Except for these: I love you". Such would I say to him if he were really here.
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