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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Chris Johnston
... Kate Ericson
... Andre Marek
... Professor Johnston
... Robert Doniger
... Lady Claire
... Frank Gordon
... Steven Kramer
... Josh Stern
... Lord Oliver
... Lord Arnaut
... Sir William De Kere / William Decker
... François Dontelle
... Baker
... 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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In 6 hours they'll be history! See more »


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

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Paramount | UIP [France]

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Release Date:

26 November 2003 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Prisonniers du temps  »

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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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Michael Crichton took the unusual step of offering up the film rights for free provided the movie entered into production immediately. Crichton had a back-end deal set up on the basis that his script be used for the film. Ironically, Crichton ended up hating the finished film. See more »

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When explaining to the group how they would travel to 1357, it is explained that the fax machine was developed 30 years ago. In fact, it was first patented in 1843 by Alexander Bain, and commercially introduced and patented 119 years later in 1964 by Xerox Corporation. See more »

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Marek: We're speaking the same language, but you don't understand a word I'm saying, do you?
Lady Claire: No.
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Referenced in El ministerio del tiempo: Tiempo de hidalgos (2016) 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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The movie is fine, but treat yourself and read the book too
17 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

Based on some of the other comments I was expecting to hate this movie. I didn't, but I see why the reviews seem so negative. There are so many things to pick at, and no real bright spots to talk up.

It really wasn't that bad. It wasn't great, but it's worth a rental. I'm not sure I would have felt I got my money's worth in the theater.

I'm sure it was a tough chore to convert the original story to a 2-hour movie script. They had to take several liberties and condense quite a bit to do so. Unfortunately, that affected the flow and the movie ends up being a little choppy. How and why they go back in time is pretty well cut out of the movie and without any detail the believability is nil. The story boils down to a pretty standard chase and explosion thriller set in the middle ages.

Definitely treat yourself to a read of the book the movie is based on. Like any book, the depth of characterization is so much more rich and interesting than what comes through in the movie. Once you get past the introductory technical jargon to set up the story it is a real page turner.


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