Somewhere in TimeDirector: Jeannot Szwarc
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Christopher Reeve got away from Superman and related costume roles in this dramatic fantasy film, adapted from Richard Matheson's 1960s vintage novel Bid Time Return. A young playwright, Richard Collier (Reeve), is approached by an elderly woman on the occasion of his first triumph in 1972 -- all she says to him is "Come back to me" and leaves him with a watch that contains a picture of a ravishing young woman. Eight years later, he visits the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island and comes upon a photograph of the same woman, whom he discovers was an actress who made an appearance at the hotel in 1912. He becomes obsessed with the image and what the woman -- who died the night she approached him in 1972 -- meant by what she said. In a manner somewhat reminiscent of the film Laura, he falls in love with her and her image as he learns more about her life and career. Then he comes upon the suggestion of a professor at his former college that time travel may, in fact, be possible, using an extreme form of self-hypnosis to free the person from the place they occupy in the time-stream. Collier's feelings for the woman are so strong that he succeeds, bringing himself back to the hotel in 1912 on the eve of her triumph. He meets the actress, Elise McKenna (Jane Seymour), and the two fall in love despite the machinations of her obsessive, autocratic manager (Christopher Plummer), who feels threatened by Collier's presence.
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- Universal Studios
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- [Wide Screen]
Cast & Crew
|Christopher Reeve||Richard Collier|
|Jane Seymour||Elise McKenna|
|Christopher Plummer||William Fawcett Robinson|
|Teresa Wright||Laura Roberts|
|Sean Hayden||Young Arthur|
|George Voskovec||Dr. Gerald Finney|
|Susan French||Older Elise|
|John Alvin||Arthur's Father|
|Richard Matheson||Astonished Man|
|Audrey Bennett||Richard's Date|
|William H. Macy||Critic|
|Taylor Williams||Maitre D'|
|Don Franklin||Tourist in Hall of History|
|David Hull||Hotel Manager|
|William P. O'Hagan||Rollo|
|Hal Frank||Stage Manager|
|Audrie Neenan||Maid in Play|
|Bob Swan||Stagehand with Note|
|Michael Woods||Dinner Guest|
|John Barry||Score Composer|
|Mary Ann Biddle||Set Decoration/Design|
|Burt Bluestein||Asst. Director|
|Jean-Pierre Dorleac||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Jack Faggard||Special Effects|
|Roger Heman||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Seymour Klate||Production Designer|
2. Grand Hotel.
3. A Face For the Ages.
4. A Haunting Melody.
5. Teaching Time Travel.
6. Historically Hysterical.
7. Ahead to the Past.
8. Desperately Seeking Elise.
9. Meeting Again - For the First Time.
10. The Bodyguard.
11. Making Up For Lost Time.
12. Theater Improv.
13. The Wrath of Robinson.
14. Time For Love.
15. Back to the Future.
16. Heavenly Reunion/End Credits.
2. Bonus Material.
a. Production Notes.
b. Cast and Filmmakers.
c. Theatrical Trailer.
3. Language Selection.
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I only had to watch this once to become drawn in by its superb plot and stunning filming. Christopher Reeve is wonderful in the role of Richard Collier. On the eve of the premiere of one of his plays, an old lady approaches him, puts a gold watch in his hand, and says ''Come back to me''. He can't recall ever having seen her before. Eight years later, he stops in at the Grand Hotel for a little break, and sees a picture on the wall of Elise McKenna, a brilliant actress who suddenly left the stage in 1912. With the help of Arthur who has been at the hotel since he was a five year old boy in 1912 and the local library, Collier manages to find out more about the beautiful actress. He becomes obsessed with her and determines to go back in time through the removal of all things modern about his room. He acquires a proper haircut and suit for the time to which he is returning, even stocks himself with 1912 coins. Then through the hypnosis recommended by his physics teacher at college, he wakes up on June 27th, 1912. He finds McKenna, but he also has to deal with her peculiarly possessive manager, William Fawcett Robinson. Despite all odds, Collier and McKenna manage to fall in love, and after the company leaves, she runs away from it to come back to him. The next morning, while he displays to her all the lovely little pockets in his suit, he finds a 1979 penny there and he is pulled away from his love by the forces of Time. The movie has a truly sad but very sweet and sentimental ending that always makes me either cry or nearly so. I absolutely adore this movie and would recommend it to nearly anybody.
I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!!! Every time I watch this movie I cry, it's soooo good. Jane Seymour is so beautiful and is definitely the person to pllay a woman in that era. I especially enjoyed Christopher Reeve and actually forgot he played Superman.The hotel was absolutely gorgeous and on my list of places to go before I die and the music, well what can I say? So haunting yet beautiful. I wish we had more movies like this.
This story is haunting though I realize it is fantasy. I so loved the movie and the sound track that I have a CD I very often play in my car and have locked up 2 copies in my strongbox. I've asked my children to hook me up with this soundtrack as I am dying. I want the last sounds I hear when I die to be this amazing music. It touches my soul as no other music has.
This is a classic love story. The scenery is fantastic. I bought the DVD after a few friends went to the Hotel in Michigan where this movie was filmed; they try to keep it just the way it was in this movie!! AMAZING! The music is captivating. I especially enjoyed the options at the end of the DVD... I watched "Back to Somewhere in Time" and heard first hand from the main actors their recollections of the movie and how it was made. Definitely a GREAT rainy Saturday night favorite!
Though I haven't yet seen this movie, the synopsis sounds quite reminiscent of "Portrait of Jennie" the best-known of Robert Nathan's books. A recurrent theme of Nathan is love being eternal and crossing all sorts of time barriers. "Jennie" isn't the only book of this genre that Nathan wrote. A movie was made from "Jennie" also. Book and movie each end differently, but both are GOOD. Good option if you like this type of story line.
This is the best movie I have ever seen! In fact, I lent my copy to someone and they never returned it, so I'm glad to see I can get another copy. When I hear the music from the music box in stores or restaurants I can't help but cry.
I loved this movie so much! Christopher Reeves did an outstanding job!(was even very cute too!) Jane Seymour is a vision of beauty. One of my most favorite movies I have ever seen, and for people my age we don't like movies like this, but I peg to differ.
Saw it on TV first, then bought it in VHS, now have to have it in DVD. Many reviews didn't say much good about this one but I think it is modern thinking and a good movie to fantasize about.
I rate this movie right up there with Gone With the Wind for breathtaking romance. Seymour has never been lovelier and Chris is a knockout as her Beau. I cry EACH time I see it! I have known the kind of Love Chris has for Jane and it is OUT of this World!
Best V-Day gift in 20 years!
I saw this movie in the theatre when it first came out, and it has been one of my favorite films ever since. Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour are wonderful together. The film gets it all just right...the romance, the time travel, the locations, the supporting characters, everything. If you enjoy a great romance between beautiful people, with a little fantasy thrown in, you don't want to miss this film.
Truly one of the best movies I've seen. Jane is breathtaking and Chris is a perfect combination of good looks, humor and sensitivity. With this couple the intriguing story comes alive and completely engages the viewer.
This movie is very powerful. I cry every time I see it. It will make you believe that love really isn't confinded to the here and now.
I cried like a baby. This is one of the best movies, that I have ever seen. The story is magic and the performance brilliant. I truly recommend this movie. It has been over a week since I've seen it and I am still thinking about it. It made me call my exgirlfriend, and we got together again. Life is all about love.
This movie has been an inspiration in my life. I gave a my male friend a pocketwatch, because I was in love with him and he didnt know it, but to me by giving him that watch he was my true fate. Well 2 years later we were married at The Grand Hotel, on Mackinac Island in Michagan. And I became Mrs. RICHARD. Not only is the most beautiful love story ever created. The island is the most beautiful place I have ever been. Jane Seymour and Christopher Reeve light up the screen in this movie.
Great acting, location was beautiful, the possibility of time travel is an interesting concept. The location meant more as I have visited the area previously
This is my all time favorite movie. I saw it in the theater (actually because the other show was full) and fell in love with it. I have read the book, Bid Time Return, and own it and the book, Somewhere In Time. I have the VHS and the DVD and the soundtrack. My five children could all can recognize the music for years. A wonderful romance and just a nice movie to get away from the everyday.
This has always been my favorite movie. It is such a beautiful story. I have seen the movie so many times, yet everytime I see it, is like seeing it for the first time. It is truly the greatest love story.
I just loved the movie from beginning to end. So much love!
I have seen this movie probably somewhere in the neighborhood of 500 times since it first came out in 1980 - I have cried every time! My husband and I saw it just before we were getting divorced and even though the divorce went thru, we loved each other and remained friends until he passed from this life to the next 3 yrs. ago. I still love him and know I will see him again one day. I know it sounds crazy, but the movie is extremely uplifting to me - everyone should see it, they will never forget it - Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour were beautiful and incredible - I went to the island and stayed at the Grand Hotel - I was transported back in time!!
I saw this movie so many years ago and it has stayed within my heart and soul ever since. It is a movie of true love and hope. The soundtrack is haunting and exquisite.
I'm not really into romance, but love sci-fi stuff, esp. time travel. I loved this movie, even the romance. I truly believed this could happen the first time I saw the movie.
This may be a film that a lot of viewers will not be able to sit through if they expect movies to equal non-stop action and deliberate emotional stimulation throughout. A lot of the story is intellectual and concerns one question: what does success matter if one does not have love? The twist for this story is that the lovers are separated by a couple of generations and Richard Collier (hero) has to figure out how to get back in time to be with his ladylove, played by Jane Seymour. The script was nicely written and the story follows a somewhat predictable line from first meeting to the hero's tragic death due to a broken heart. Sets and costumes are well-done. A stylish piece, probably most appealing to women. Just as an aside there is quite a large fan base for this film; some fo the groups hold large events and there are web sites.
Larry D. Bohall, author of MARTYR'S CRY (ISBN 1591295327): I LOVED this movie...the first time I saw it, every time I've seen it since. I know the critics savaged it, but I've no idea why. I bought the soundtrack (outstanding), read the book it was based on (the author had a bit part in the film as the man who said, ''Astonishing'' to Christopher when he first arrived at the Grand Hotel), and recommend it highly!