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Somewhere in Time (1980)



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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. ~ Bruce Eder, Rovimore
Rating: PG (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Richard Matheson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 31, 2000
MCA Universal Home Video


Christopher Reeve
as Richard Collier
Jane Seymour
as Elise McKenna
Christopher Plummer
as William Fawcett Robi...
Teresa Wright
as Laura Roberts
Bill Erwin
as Arthur
George Voskovec
as Dr. Gerald Finney
Susan French
as Older Elise
John Alvin
as Arthur's Father
Eddra Gale
as Genevieve
Sean Hayden
as Young Arthur
Richard Matheson
as Astonished Man
Laurence Coven
as Second Critic
Susan Bugg
as Penelope
George Wendt
as Second Student
Ted Liss
as Agent
Francis X. Keefe
as Desk Clerk Grand Hot...
Taylor Williams
as Maitre D'
Noreen Walker
as Librarian
Evans Ghiselli
as Coin Shop Operator
David Hull
as Hotel Manager
Paul Cook
as Doctor
Ed Meekin
as Fisher
Audrie J. Neenan
as Maid in Play
Barbara Giovannini
as Tourist in Hall of H...
Tim Kazurinsky
as Photographer
Don Franklin
as Tourist in Hall of H...
Bob Swan
as Stagehand with Note
Michael Woods
as Dinner Guest
Bo Clausen
as Man in Elevator, in ...
James P. Dunnigan
as Second Man in Elevat...
Hal Frank
as Stage Manager, in 19...
Hayden Jones
as Man with Stage Manag...
Val Bettin
as Director, in 1912
Pat Billingsley
as Professor
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Critic Reviews for Somewhere in Time

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (5)

A charming, witty, passionate romantic drama about a love transcending space and time, Somewhere In Time is an old-fashioned film in the best sense of that term.

Full Review… | December 10, 2007
Top Critic

Director Jeannot Szwarc strains hard for spectacular visual effects, though he's barely able to compose a competent close-up.

Full Review… | December 10, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

This must go down as a missed opportunity.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The movie surrounds its love story with such boring mumbo jumbo about time travel that we finally just don't care.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

The [Grand H]otel and Mackinac [Island] are spectacularly lovely, but fail to give substance to this ephemeral endeavor.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

I understand why this movie has a respectable cult following. I get the appeal. I only wish the movie would have followed through with its promising premise all the way. I didn't dislike it, but was a little letdown.

Full Review… | April 15, 2013
Film Geek Central

Audience Reviews for Somewhere in Time


Okay, I can relate to women of 1980 who were looking for something romantic to cling to. Still, I cannot be remiss if I didn't also ask them why the hell they herald this as a classic. The plot is so diluted of any type of reality or at least common sense, it just ruins the movie. The chemistry between Seymour and Reeve is a crowd pleaser, but you can't stick two people together with little romantic license and pretend it's just love at first sight, especially not with such an involved subplot. Personally, this just tired me. I do give kudos to Christopher Reeve, who showed us he is a decent actor even among such a shitty plot and premise.

Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

I expected to enjoy this film quite a bit. Along with "When Harry Met Sally," which I highly enjoyed, this ranks up with my dad's favorite movies. My expectations ran right into a solid, hard brick wall. John Barry's fine score is the only shining point in this remarkably bad film. Christopher Reeve can't play a believable courter to save his life, the screenplay muddles everything from romance to time travel, and the result is an absurd film that takes itself far too seriously. As the film progressed, I was nearing the point of physically injuring myself. Seriously. This is about as perfect an example as there is of bad, bad filmmaking.

Jay Hutchinson

Super Reviewer

An interesting time travel story, a bit far fetched, but interesting. Reeves is good in this movie, and it's pretty romantic too, so I enjoyed it.

Aj V

Super Reviewer

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