Somewhere in Time
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Somewhere in Time is the story of a young writer who sacrifices his life in the present to find happiness in the past, where true love awaits him. Young Richard Collier (Christopher Reeve) is approached by an elderly woman who gives him an antique gold watch and who pleads with him to return in time with her. Years later, Richard Collier is overwhelmed by a photograph of a beautiful young woman (Jane Seymour). Another picture of this woman in her later years reveals to him that she is the same woman who had given him the gold watch. Collier then becomes obsessed with returning to 1912 and the beautiful young woman who awaits him there.
For devoted fans of Somewhere in Time, the exclusive documentary on this DVD will provide welcomed insight, background history, and poignant validation. The film was virtually saved from oblivion by a combination of cable TV exposure and grassroots fandom, and this engrossing documentary benefits from the participation of the film's principal cast and crew, all of whom remain as fond of this production as its legion of fans. Taped in 2000, the interviews are highlighted by the perspective of Christopher Reeve, whose fond recollections gain a certain profundity when combined with the physical impact of his paralyzing injury in 1995. But Reeve (who compares his near-death experience in the film with one he actually had after his injury) isn't the only one whose life had been touched by the magic of this film-that-wouldn't-die: from director Jeannot Szwarc to Jane Seymour and all others involved, Somewhere in Time was clearly a special experience, and their pride and pleasure are sweetly conveyed in this enjoyable hour-long tribute. Additionally, the DVD gives due credit to the fan club INSITE--the International Network of Somewhere in Time Enthusiasts--in a featurette exploring the club's history and membership. The INSITE's mailing and Web site addresses are also provided. --Jeff Shannon
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Reeve falls in love with a photograph of a beautiful performer (Seymour), hanging on the wall of a 19th century hotel he accidentally visits. Determined to find the object of his love in the flesh, he sequesters himself in a room in the hotel, recreating the circumstances and environment of the 1890's. Just as it does in the novel it stole from, this ploy works, and the hero finds himself in the presence of the woman he loves.
So far so good. Then the bottom drops out. In brief, there's really no story here; mutual love is immediate, threatened only by a sinister manager who is determined to destroy the relationship between the actress and the hero. This all goes absolutely nowhere, and despite the sincere efforts of the cast, it's fluffy and insignificant in the worst sense of the world.
This is a deliberate tear-jerker, not only because these lovers are torn apart by a simple oversight on the part of the hero, but because, for no particular reason unable to to travel back in time and find his lover again, he just gives up. Wanna feel emotionally ripped off? Then this is the movie for you.
Somebody I know ranks this as his third favorite movie of all time, so I was curious to see it. I had never seen it until several months ago. This movie was released in 1980 and basically was a box office bomb. I guess it got buried by The Blues Brothers, which was released the same week. This movie has gained in stature in the decades since its release. It now has a cult following. Basically it's a sappy love story with some supernatural elements and/or science fiction thrown in the mix (example -- traveling through time). The movie is very slow moving, soft, tender, and sappy, but it did hold my attention somewhat. This movie stars Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour, and Teresa Wright. Reeve acts very much like he does when he played Clark Kent/Superman in the Superman movies. I don't know if was intentional or not, but it's Reeve as most people know him. Jane Seymour looks good and her acting is good. The musical score by John Barry (King Kong 1976) is a big plus and it's quite good. The screenplay was written by Richard Matheson (The Legend Of Hell House) and it was well done.
When it comes to movies that fall into the love story category, I like to draw the line somewhere. I like such "love story" or "romance" movies as Vertigo (1958), Notorious (1946), Rebecca (1940), Humoresque (1946), Rear Window (1954), Marnie (1964), Titanic (1997), etc. (I can give many other examples), BUT these movies have additional aspects about them that make them more watchable and appealing to me. For example, Vertigo is quite a dark, haunting, and suspenseful romance story. Notorious is dark, suspenseful, and the love story doesn't make up the entire plot, in other words, it's a subplot. Rebecca is very gothic in feel and has the evil Mrs. Danvers. Humoresque has a romance that is rocky from the start and never fully develops. Rear Window is another movie that has a romance mixed in with a dark and suspenseful story. Marnie has a plot that's centered around a woman with psychological problems, while her boss TRIES to romance her. Titanic has a love story mixed in with the sinking of the ship, a sad and tragic event. I guess I like seeing romance movies when the romance is mixed in with a dark and suspenseful plot. I like dark and suspenseful movies and horror movies. Just my taste, I guess. Somewhere In Time, on the other hand, is pretty much just a straight romance movie. It's a little too sappy, soft, and tender for me.
Overall, an OK movie if you like your romance movies very soft, tender, played straight, and with little "oomph". If you're like me, you prefer that your romance movies have more "oomph", darkness, and suspense.
UPDATE - I re-watched this movie in December 2012 and couldn't believe I originally gave it 3 3/4 stars, rounded up to 4. After this second viewing, I didn't like it nearly as much. It was suddenly a borderline ridiculous movie!!!! I kept thinking, "What was I thinking?????" So, I have taken a full star off my original rating.
I now give this movie 2 3/4 (2.75) stars, rounded up to 3. That's more like it.
Many are quite brilliant, most are entertaining, and a few are poor.
'Somewhere in Time' is in a category of it's own.
It is simply rubbish!
- And the fact that 373 viewers gave this movie 4-stars is disturbing.