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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 »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A group of medieval re-enactors were used for soldiers in battle sequences. See more »

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Greek fire was a liquid which burned fiercely and which could not be doused by contact with water. It was invented and used by the Byzantines for naval warfare. The problem is that no person living today, not even a historian or an archaeologist, knows what the true ingredients of Greek fire were. Its recipe was such a closely guarded military secret that it has been lost to history. The professor would therefore not have been able to make it for the English. There's also another problem: Different scholars have different theories about it, but it seems probable that it was based on some form of naphtha, which is a liquid hydrocarbon mixture similar to gasoline or petroleum. The word itself comes from the Greek word for "wet." But in the film the ingredients they are given to work with are all dry, yet somehow the final product ends up wet and looking like ordinary pitch, which the medieval already knew about and used to defend castles against sieges. See more »

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Lord Oliver: [to Andre] Scottish? You've come to kill us all in our beds, eh?
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The movie is fine, but treat yourself and read the book too
17 April 2004 | by n7zuqSee 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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