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From Time To Time (2006)

Timothy Spall , Maggie Smith , Julian Fellowes  |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Timothy Spall, Maggie Smith, Dominic West, Alex Etel
  • Directors: Julian Fellowes
  • Writers: Julian Fellowes
  • Producers: Julian Fellowes, Tim Smith, James Spring, Barnaby Thompson, Liz Trubridge
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Freestyle Digital Media
  • DVD Release Date: March 20, 2012
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007A2O3FO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,268 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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From Julian Fellowes, the writer and creator of Downton Abbey, From Time To Time is a haunting ghost story spanning two world, two centuries apart. With World War II finally coming to an end and his Father still missing in action, Tolly is sent to stay with his estranged Grandmother in their ancestral home. There he discovers he can mysteriously travel between the two worlds and begins an adventure that unlocks family secrets laid buried for generations. He must solve these mysteries to safeguard their future and reunite the family once again.

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203 of 207 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Childrens' Adaptation March 22, 2012
Based on a well-known children's book series by Lucy M. Boston, From Time to Time is a sentimental and touching story about ghostly encounters in the aftermath of wartime.

Although WWII is drawing to an end, there are still a number of British soldiers unaccounted for -- among them is the father of young Tolly (Alex Etel), who has been sent to live with his grandmother (Maggie Smith) while his own mother attempts to use her political connections to discern his father's whereabouts. Moving into the old manor house, Tolly becomes fascinated with its romantic and frequently tragic history. The paintings in the main hall tell a story of past generations and over a hundred year old mystery. But that is not all the secrets the old house contains, for after a ghostly encounter, Tolly becomes convinced the place is haunted. But it seems to contain more magic than that, for sometimes he encounters specters... and sometimes he is the ghost in their world. Weaving in and out of time, he becomes involved in the lives of the great old family that once lived there...

With a mean-spirited son and a blind daughter to look after, not to mention his bored, aristocratic wife (Carice van Houten) feeling neglected, it is all Captain Oldknow (Hugh Bonneville) can do to look after his affairs when he is on shore leave. On his most recent trip home he has brought a surprise for his daughter Susan (Eliza Bennett) -- a young Negro boy escaped from slavers, who will become her "eyes" and her companion. His son Sefton (Douglas Booth) takes an immediate disliking for Jacob (Kwayedza Kureya) but he becomes invaluable to Susan. However, the malicious butler Caxton (Dominc West) is considering how best to be rid of him.
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68 of 71 people found the following review helpful
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Being a fan of Downton Abbey, I was attracted to this movie when I saw the names of 2 cast members, Maggie Smith and Hugh Bonneville. I was also intrigued that the writer of this film is the same person who created Downton Abbey.

This film is set in an old manor in Great Britain near the end of World War II. A teenage boy, Tolly, comes to stay with his grandmother, who lives in the manor. At the beginning, Tolly questions his grandmother about portraits of family members long past. From that point on, he has quite an adventure.

If you want to know more, you'll have to wait for other reviews or just watch the movie. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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63 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorites April 8, 2012
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This movie is delightful, superbly written and filmed, with first-rate performances from Maggie Smith, Alex Etel, Hugh Bonneville, Timothy Spall, et al. And, since a another reviewer has done a fine job of describing characters and events, suffice to say that thanks to all involved in this production, the movie is so engrossing and entertaining it seemed to be over before I knew it. It's a gem.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric ghost story August 25, 2011
This is a well-made production based on a story The Chimneys of Green Knowe, The story is set in 1940s England, where thirteen-year-old Tolly (Alex Etel) is sent by his mother to his grandmother Mrs. Oldknoe's (Dame Maggie Smith) family estate, Green Knowe. His mother remains in London, trying to get information on the fate of Tolly's father who is missing in action.

Initially, Tolly resents his granny because he thinks she dislikes his mother, but gradually a close bond forms between the two. Tolly discovers that the estate is in financial trouble and that his granny may be forced to sell it. Tolly also makes another startling discovery - that the estate is haunted by the spirits of a previous generation of Oldknow's, mainly young Susan (Eliza Bennett) who lived in the house more than a century earlier. Susan's father, Captain Oldknow (Hugh Bonneville) is a kind seafaring man who brings home an escaped slave named Jacob and provides for him, expecting only that Jacob be Susan's companion, for Susan is blind. But Maria, the Captain's Dutch wife (played by Carice Van Houten of Black Book) is not keen on the boy and spends her days squandering the Captain's wealth. The couple's only son, Sefton (Douglas Booth) is a spoilt brat who abhors Jacob, and finds ways and means to make Jacob's life miserable.

Tolly finds himself not only able to see some of these ghosts but also to be able to travel back in time (it is never explained how this happens) and witness events in the past. This later proves fortuitous as Tolly makes an important discovery that could very well save his granny's estate.

The story plays out quite well and is beautifully filmed. I'd characterize this as a family friendly drama - there is no foul language, no sexual scenes, and except for a few scenes where there is some bullying going on, no real violence.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
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This is a good family movie. The plot is intriguing and keeps one reasonably attached, and would be great for family viewing and stimulating discussion afterwards. It is not a great movie, but could have been. The greatest weaknesses? I didn't find either the portrayal of WWII England or 18th century England to be wholly realistic. From the start, there are clues that test one's temporal and historical placing disbelief. Suspense is mostly lacking where it could have played a decisive role in carrying the movie. Some characters are too matter of fact about the paranormal goings on. The script could have been adjusted greatly to make this more believable. Having voiced these criticisms, I don't think the director or producers intended this to be an edge of the seat movie. There is a strong element of MasterPiece theatre in this though the production standards are mostly higher than MP. I do recommend the movie if time travel interests you, and again state this is an excellent movie for a family with children to watch. Adults might be somewhat less satisfied.
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4.0 out of 5 stars From Time to Time
You will love this film! A period film with a great story plot and great acting as well as the landscapes!
Published 20 days ago by Doug
4.0 out of 5 stars From Time to Time--If you love Downton Abbey, you'll enjoy this
Nice movie with a great cast--co-written by Julian Fellowes. Wonderful to see a younger Allen Leech (Downton Abbey) and Hugh Bonneville was outstanding. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Genny Sailsbury
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Great storyline and actors. The time went quickly watching this movie about a family living in an old home passed down generation to generation with ghosts and an unsolved... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Diane Shellenberger
3.0 out of 5 stars Watch anyway, despite my view
The movie was below par and I couldn't grasp what everyone was saying, but I never pass up anything with Maggie Smith in it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Libby Bryer
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful story that transcends time'
This film is one I will view repeatedly over the years. It speaks to young and old in any time period and will be meaningful for years to come. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Trudy MacDougall
5.0 out of 5 stars Good family film.
Long movie, definitely for older kids, ages 10? and up. Awesome depiction of time travel. Good historical story, very interesting, love the actors in this.
Published 1 month ago by J. C.
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprise or maybe not
I was pleasantly surprised by this film, however I don't know why with all involved in the making of this film how could it not please. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jesse Beitz
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Family Movie & Classic Ghost Story.
If you really enjoyed the "Downton Abbey" mini-series, you will absolutely enjoy this movie. Maggy Smith, as usual, does a tour de force. Read more
Published 1 month ago by De witte leeuw.
4.0 out of 5 stars good little movie
I had never heard of this movie, but have wanted to experience more of Maggie Smith's career, so I ordered it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars From Time To Time
I very much enjoyed this Movie, from the Actors to the film content itself. The story was done very well, and I enjoyed watching it. In fact I shall watch it again today. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stan
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