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Timeline (Widescreen Edition) (2003)

Paul Walker , Gerard Butler , Richard Donner  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (326 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paul Walker, Gerard Butler, Billy Connolly, Frances O'Connor, David Thewlis
  • Directors: Richard Donner
  • Writers: George Nolfi, Jeff Maguire, Michael Crichton
  • Producers: Brian Read, Derek Hoffman, Don Granger, Gary Levinsohn
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: April 13, 2004
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (326 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001I55OC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,810 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Timeline (Widescreen Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Journey Through Timeline (3-Part Documentary)
  • Setting Time
  • The Night Of La Roque
  • Making Their Own History
  • "The Textures of Timeline"
  • Trailers

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3 students working on an archeological dig must travel back to 14th century France to rescue their professor, trapped in his favorite era. Based on the Michael Crichton novel.

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98 of 109 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars THE BOOK WAS BETTER...WAY BETTER... May 5, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
This film is based upon Michael Crichton's marvelous best selling book of the same name. When I first heard that a film was in the making, I was really looking forward to viewing it, as I absolutely loved the book. That it was in the theatres for just about the blink of an eye, however, gave me the idea something might be wrong with it. Having viewed it, I now fully understand why its sojourn in theatres was relatively brief.
Unfortunately, the film bears little resemblance to the author's finely crafted time travel tale. Jeff Maguire, having written a screenplay that seeks the lowest common denominator, just about destroys the author's work, reducing it to an almost incomprehensible piece of drivel. The screenplay takes a five star book and turns into a film that barely rates three stars.
Here, a young group of archaeologists and historians are excavating the ruins of a fourteenth century feudal town in France, which excavation is funded by the International Technology Corp (ITC), a well-heeled, corporate giant. Some of the archeological finds are puzzling, as they seem to be anomalous to the time period. Moreover, the leader of the archaeological dig, Professor Johnson (Billy Connelly), has suddenly headed back to the states to ITC headquarters, and they are unable to get in touch with him. They are then all summoned to ITC headquarters by Robert Doniger (David Thewlis), the head of ITC.
At ITC, they are told that the Professor has been transported by ITC back to fourteenth century France through a worm hole that ITC has inadvertently discovered. Unfortunately, the professor has not returned, and ITC wishes to send them back in time through the wormhole to help with the rescue of the Professor.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not such a bad adaption after all... April 10, 2004
By Mr Man
While it has been a while since I have read the book, "Timeline" was just one of those stories I truly enjoyed. The movie, while omitting some parts of the novel, actually follows the general plot of the book. A few changes are made to the beginning and end, but overall the actual storyline is similar to the novel. Many of the parts cut out of the book are actually parts that, given the cast, are better left out. The majority of these scenes involved the character Chris, played by Paul Walker. Luckily, the movie does not make him the main character like he was in the book. The less screen time of Paul is definately better. My favourite character in the book, Andre Marek, is excellently portrayed by Gerard Butler and he saves the film from being completely worthless. Anna Friel as Lady Claire as well as other supporting characters are also great performances.
I understand why many would not like the movie since there are many others in a similar genre. For me, I have never really been into these kind of movies and while I am an avid Crichton reader, I did not read this book when it came out due to it's subject matter. When I finally decided to read the book on a flight, it became my second favourite next to "Jurassic Park". This was the first film I really saw about medieval times, and even though the movie could have been better, I enjoyed it. I think this was because I love the story so much and the movie was not a total detour from this story.
A few points to make that many people seem to nit-pick about:
1. The fact that they changed Chris' character to be the son of the professor instead of his student is not a big deal. Also, I don't see why it isn't plausable that he could not be the son of a Scottish professor just because he is American.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Slightly better than the book, believe it or not April 18, 2004
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3 1/2 stars.
The reviewers for this movie seem to be mostly of two types: middle school kids and pseudo-intellectuals. This is neither horribly acted, nonsensical trash, nor is it an instant classic/tour de force/best movie ever!!. It's an entertaining movie with some fair-sized shortcomings.
First, let me address the people who compare this movie with the book. As a history buff, I found the book terribly entertaining but terribly flawed (in fact, if you want to read my review of the book, look for the review with that exact title). I found at least twenty significant plot flaws in Crichton's book and I really have to wonder how the editors let it loose on the public without tying up many, many loose ends or logical inconsistencies. Happily, the director Richard Donner and/or his screenwriters cleared some of those up, often by simply omitting them from the movie.
For instance, the protagonists in the movie have a reasonable number of moderately plausible escapes from danger, one of which involved Kate climbing out of a castle tower. In contrast, in the book Crichton thought it would be clever to have our heroes make over a dozen utterly incredible, miraculous escapes, three or four of which feature Kate rescuing the others by virtue of her Spiderman-like climbing abilities. Donner also rejected Crichton's ridiculous technological flaw in which he claimed that ITC's machine isn't actually a time machine, but instead sends people to alternate universes occurring at different points in time; if so, how could Professor Johnson, who visited a different, semi-parallel universe, have left his note and glasses 600 years ago in our universe?
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5.0 out of 5 stars a another fav movie with Paul Walker
Time travel is always fun and who better to do it with or at least watch do it but Paul Walker.
Published 9 days ago by Carla Scherr
5.0 out of 5 stars So kewl!
I'm an archaeologist, so this movie's plot is right up my alley. The costumes and setting were believable, the acting - great, the story was engaging...I just loved it!
Published 14 days ago by Shannon Swan
5.0 out of 5 stars Here's to Quantum Foam!
Michael Crighton could write em! Love the Battle scenes. The ending is awesome! I wouldn't want to be stuck in THAT past though.
Published 26 days ago by Bill
1.0 out of 5 stars it was ok
saw it on netflix, it looked like an older movie than it actually was, i just found the quality a bit low, the story line was ok, but could have more action or more things overall,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Wilson R
3.0 out of 5 stars I Like the actor
The movie was just not that clear and it skip at times. I made a mistake on this movie a big mistake
Published 1 month ago by Hazelene
2.0 out of 5 stars Pales in comparison to the novel
In a desperate want of an actual paper book while in Latin America I picked up on oldie but goodie "Timeline". As before when I read it years prior, I loved his writing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Quade Baxter
5.0 out of 5 stars COOL MOVIE
Paul Walker is not the best actor, but I really liked him in this, he is so real and the other stars bring such a basic plot to life in this film.
Published 1 month ago by Betty A. Schanz
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like Gerard Butler
This movie is really cute and entertaining and it mixes an adventure, a bit of sci-fi in time travel, along with a splash of romance with Gerard Butler at a young age. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Andrea
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining from start to finish
This movie is entertaining from start to finish. It is a bit long at nearly 2 hours. It's very similar to Michael Crichton's other stories and definitely worth a watch.
Published 1 month ago by Mackenzie
4.0 out of 5 stars love it
What a fun movie. I had never heard much about it. We love time travel movies and this is a good one.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs Cougar an hubby
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