Somewhere in Time

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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 ...
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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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Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
A defiantly old-fashioned romantic drama tinged with fantasy, Somewhere in Time has acquired a cult following in the two decades since its theatrical release, and is among the few non-Superman movies for which Christopher Reeve's work is remembered. Based on a little-known novel by Richard Matheson, this modest film directed by Jeannot Szwarc Jaws 2 reinforces the dreamy notion that true love transcends time and place. Reeve plays an inexplicably sad Chicago playwright who, upon seeing a 1912 photo of a famous actress Jane Seymour at her most luminous, believes he's met her before. Transported some seven decades into the past through the power of his will, he encounters the woman and begins a passionate affair with her. Obviously mindful of Hollywood's classic period romances, Szwarc re-creates the early 20th century with painstaking care, capturing the pictorial beauty of Michigan's Mackinac Island with diffused lighting and warm colors. Reeve and Seymour make such a beautiful couple that even the bittersweet conclusion of their relationship won't dampen viewer enthusiasm.
All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Somewhere In Time was a labor of love for everyone involved in it, from the producer Stephen Deutsch and director Jeannot Szwarc, who originated the project (under the auspices of Ray Stark's Raystar Productions) to composer John Barry, who took a fraction of his usual fee to score the finished film. Made for barely $4 million, an insignificant budget in Hollywood even in 1980, the movie ran counter to the usual fantasy films of its era, with no reliance on elaborate special effects in telling its tale of time travel. The makers realized that with the resources at hand, the movie could only work if the romance at the center of the plot was credible, and in that regard, Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour were ideally cast opposite each other. There are flaws, particularly in some aspects of Reeve's performance, which is too callow at times, but they do carry it off with help from Christopher Plummer, Bill Erwin, Susan French, and Teresa Wright. The result was a 1980 movie that had more in common with such 1940s romantic fantasies as Portrait of Jennie, Stairway to Heaven, and Beyond Tomorrow than with any films of its own era. Understandably, the critics savaged Somewhere in Time for its sentimentality. It died at the box office, and that might have been the last that anyone heard of it. Among those people who had seen the movie and loved it, however, was the programming director of a new Los Angeles movie cable service called Z-Channel, which licensed it from Universal (which was only too happy to see any interest in the movie) in the early 1980s, giving hundreds of thousands of viewers their first chance to see Somewhere in Time. From that beginning, Somewhere in Time developed a major cult following that blossomed when it went to home video and continues to grow in the 21st century; there are large clubs of enthusiasts and fans, who have even organized forums in which the makers and cast members meet to celebrate the film; if not on the level of the Trekkies and Star Trek, the phenomenon is still an impressive viewer response to a movie. Somewhere in Time is very much a film for romantics -- those for whom the central story and the characters don't resonate will likely not enjoy it at all; but for others, it is a ravishing, totally enveloping experience. The John Barry score has also found a life of its own in a new CD recording as of the year 2000 -- his music, some of the best of his career, was aided by the presence in the film of the 18th variation of Sergei Rachmaninoff's "Variations on a Theme of Paganini," which had also figured prominently 27 years earlier in MGM's The Story of Three Loves.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/31/2000
  • UPC: 096898642439
  • Original Release: 1980
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  • Source: UNIVERSAL STUDIOS
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christopher Reeve Richard Collier
Jane Seymour Elise McKenna
Christopher Plummer William Fawcett Robinson
Teresa Wright Laura Roberts
Bill Erwin Arthur
Sean Hayden Young Arthur
George Voskovec Dr. Gerald Finney
Susan French Older Elise
John Alvin Arthur's Father
Eddra Gale Genevieve
Richard Matheson Astonished Man
Audrey Bennett Richard's Date
Val Bettin Director
Patrick Billingsley Professor
Susan Bugg Penelope
Paul Cook Doctor
Laurence Coven Critic
Hal Frank Stage Manager
Don Franklin Tourist in Hall of History
David Hull Hotel Manager
Bruce Jarchow Bones
Tim Kazurinsky Photographer
Ted Liss Agent
William H. Macy Critic
Ed Meekin Fisher
Audrie Neenan Maid in Play
William P. O'Hagan Rollo
Bob Swan Stagehand with Note
George Wendt Student
Taylor Williams Maitre D'
Michael Woods Dinner Guest
Technical Credits
Jeannot Szwarc Director
John Barry Score Composer
Mary Ann Biddle Set Decoration/Design
Burt Bluestein Asst. Director
Stephen Deutsch Producer
Jean-Pierre Dorleac Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack Faggard Special Effects
Jeff Gourson Editor
Roger Heman Sound/Sound Designer
Seymour Klate Production Designer
Isidore Mankofsky Cinematographer
Richard Matheson Screenwriter
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This is one of my top three favourite movies

    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.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2012

    I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!!! Every time I watch this movie I cry, it's

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2012

    This story is haunting though I realize it is fantasy. I so lov

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2011

    Recommended~~!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2011

    Story line reminds me . . . .

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Somewhere In Time - DVD

    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

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Remember next Valentines Day

    Best V-Day gift in 20 years!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Some Where in Time was an Excellant Movie

    This movie, made you use your ability to think back in time, you transported yourself along with the characters, trying to figure out what the out come would be, only to find an ending, you wish you could have changed. Excellant performances by all, made it believeable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My favorite of all times, timeless.

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Forever

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I'll admit I like romance movies....

    and this one certainly fills the bill. Although Christopher Reeves could do a bit better, Jane Seymour and Christopher Plummer are excellent. This is one of those movies that makes you realise that perhaps time is just a circle, and if it is, could we keep going backwards, but never forwards?

    If you like a good tear jerker, this is it. I bought it to replace my video tape, which is worn out. Great sound track also.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A romantic tale that moves at a sedate pace

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Somewhere in Time

    What a wonderful movie! I love the plot it is somewhat 80ish, but the romance was wonderful! Worth watching over and over!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My favorite movie of all time...and beyond

    please just do yourself a favor and watch it.You'll love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the Best Movies Ever

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    THE MOST ROMANTIC MOVIE IN TIME TRAVEL!

    I have always been a huge fan of time travel books and movies, but add a beautiful romance and a perfect cast to the mix, and you have superb cinema. I have watched this movie countless times and the when I hear the music, I always think of Richard and Elise. The breathtaking hotel and its location, the costumes and gorgeous lead actors - everything is perfect for a truly great love story. It is the same caliber as Gone With the Wind, which is a favorite love story of many. Although the end seems somewhat sad, it is really happy -two lovers who finally reunite for all time - what could be more romantic!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Movie Greatness

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    DON'T MISS THIS!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Most Romantic Movie of ALL time!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Somewhere In time: Macknaw island magic

    This is my wife's and mine favorite place and favorite movie of all time. We have been many places with my employment with a major airline but Mackinaw Island because of this movie is our favorite place.

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