Somewhere in Time (1980)
Front Cover Actor
John Alvin Arthur's Father
Bill Erwin Arthur
Susan French Older Elise
Eddra Gale Genevieve
Sean Hayden Young Arthur
Christopher Plummer William Fawcett Robinson
Christopher Reeve Richard Collier
Jane Seymour Elise McKenna
George Voskovec Dr. Gerald Finney
Teresa Wright Laura Roberts
Movie Details
Genre Romance
Director Jeannot Szwarc
Language English
Running Time 103 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
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
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 226
Collection Status In Collection
Links All Movie Guide
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1