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Timeline (2003)

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A group of archaeologists become trapped in the past when they go there to retrieve a friend. The group must survive in 14th century France before they can escape back to the 21st Century.

Director:

Richard Donner

Writers:

Michael Crichton (novel), Jeff Maguire (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Walker ... Chris Johnston
Frances O'Connor ... Kate Ericson
Gerard Butler ... Andre Marek
Billy Connolly ... Professor Johnston
David Thewlis ... Robert Doniger
Anna Friel ... Lady Claire
Neal McDonough ... Frank Gordon
Matt Craven ... Steven Kramer
Ethan Embry ... Josh Stern
Michael Sheen ... Lord Oliver
Lambert Wilson ... Lord Arnaut
Marton Csokas ... Sir William De Kere / William Decker
Rossif Sutherland ... François Dontelle
Steve Kahan ... Baker
David La Haye ... Arnaut's Deputy
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Storyline

A group of archaeologists and combat experts led by Paul Walker and Frances O'Connor use a "3-D fax machine" (so much for technobabble!) to time-travel back to France in 1357, in hopes of retrieving Walker's father and returning safely to the present. No such luck. Fending for themselves against marauding hordes of medieval French warriors at war with the invading British, these semi-intrepid travelers find their body count rising, and the deadline for their return home is rapidly approaching. Written by Anthony Pereyra {hypersonic91@yahoo.com}

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They had to travel into the past to save the future See more »


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Rated PG-13 for intense battle sequences and brief language | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Paramount | UIP [France]

Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

26 November 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Prisonniers du temps See more »

Filming Locations:

Harrington, Québec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,440,629, 30 November 2003, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$19,481,943

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$24,453,820
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Michael Crichton, author of the same-titled book off which this movie is based, disliked this movie so much that he refused to licence any more movies based off of his novels. Nobody would gain the movie rights to a Michael Crichton book until Steven Spielberg, long-time friend of Michael Crichton, bought the rights to 'Pirate Latitudes' after Crichton's death. See more »

Goofs

When Lord Arnaut is in the tunnel with Chris and Kate after the explosion, one of the "rocks" on the ground is obviously made of foam. See more »

Quotes

Professor Johnston: This from the boy who hated Easter because he couldn't find the eggs.
Chris Johnston: [laughing] Yeah, because you BURIED the eggs!
Professor Johnston: [also laughing] That's beside the point.
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Featured in Journey Through 'Timeline' (2004) See more »

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Just A Little Bad
Written and Performed by Vikkie Rae Jordan
Courtesy of Marc Ferrari/MasterSource
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Is this supposed to be like the book?
16 April 2004 | by cosyCloudSee all my reviews

TimeLine the book is probably one of my most favourite books. I have read it countless times and have enjoyed it every single time. So I was very happy when I saw a preview a long while back that there was going to be a movie about the book.

I wish that when people decided to make a movie out of a book they would make the movie just like the book. Don't change the plot, don't change the characters or their relationships, just leave it intact. They never do. I have been disappointed every time a book that I enjoy has been brought to the screen. I really don't know why I keep getting excited.

Ok, I understand somewhat that you can't re-create everything from a book. It just wouldn't be feasible. But they changed entire genders of people, removed some more interesting moments, changed character relationships slightly, and totally bombed at all the stuff dealing with the ITC, time travel and the vileness of both bad guys.

If you have read the book and seen the movie, you know what I am talking about. Some of the more exciting parts of the book were just not in the movie, like the struggle between the crazed man at the chapel, the fight at the mill and the entire tournament.

I mean I was confused with the whole thing. One of Donnigers right hand men is supposed to be a woman, Chris is NOT the professors son (in the book he is father figure), the French guy that gets killed in the movie does not exist in the book, Marek is supposed to be fluent in all aspects of time period including the languages.

I could go on about all the differences between the book and the movie, but there is no point. I would have to use up an entire screen just to point them out. It was a interesting movie if you had NOT read the book. However, if you have read the book and enjoyed it, a lot of great stuff was left out or warped into something different. I would say that the movie is very loosely based on the book, VERY loosely.

Overall I say I was disappointed. I did enjoy Gerard Butler as Marek, Ethan Embry as David Stern and Paul Walker as Chris. The females leads (Frances O'Connor as Kate and Anna Friel as Lady Claire) could have been better. And I suppose Billy Connoly did an ok job as the professor, although I just didn't quite believe that he was a professor for some reason.

I think I'll go re-read the book.


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