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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.


Richard Donner


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


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}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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]




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 »


Box Office


$80,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The problem of language is ignored in the film, having a French speaking character. In the novel, however, it is stated that -as in reality- people in 1357 did not speak modern English or French, but Occitane, a language which Marek is fluent in, according to the book. Also, the novel describes some high-tech translator devices the characters put in their ears, which also is absent in the movie. See more »


When Claire and Marek are floating down the river, the raft she is in is held together by industrial staples. See more »


Robert Doniger: Yeah, yeah, look. We need cultural experts, not scientists. My people simply don't know about the medieval world, or how to mingle with the locals, which is what we're gonna have to do, if we're going to find the professor and bring him back.
Marek: So that's it? We just step on that machine and wiz back to 1357?
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References Back to the Future (1985) See more »


Just A Little Bad
Written and Performed by Vikkie Rae Jordan
Courtesy of Marc Ferrari/MasterSource
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Archaeological group goes to Middle Age where takes place several adventures
29 October 2004 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

An archaeological outfit formed by young students (Paul Walker, Frances O'Connor , Gerard Butler and others) using a time machine go back to ¨100 years war¨ where starring's father (Billy Connolly) before had gone and lost .

The protagonist group will have to confront deal of dangers and adventures and will fight between English and French army . As a group of medieval re-enactors were used for soldiers in battle sequences . The crew of the movie visited various European castles from around that period , the late 1300s , to make the castles and towns look as realistic as possible.

The runtime film is adjusted about hundred minutes and for that reason isn't boring , neither tiring . The movie blends action , historical events , suspense , medieval battles and is enough amusing . The picture didn't fail at the box office but wasn't a real success either . From the start until the ending the action and the fast-moving is continued but there is a wrong pace . The picture is partially based on historical events ; however , the battle of Castlegard is not an actual historical deed . Very good cast such as Gerard Butler , though Pierce Brosnan turned down the role of Andre Marek ; in addition , Paul Walker , David Tweliss , Anna Friel and a beautiful Frances O'Connor .

Brian Tyler's musical score is outstanding and nice cinematography by expert cameraman Caleb Deschanel . Direction by Richard Donner is average , in spite of a lot of good films he has directed . The picture will appeal historical period buffs and battles lovers . Rating 5,5 /10 , mediocre .

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