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Somewhere in Time (1980)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Somewhere in Time (1980)

In director Jeannot Szwarc's popular, tear-jerking romance fantasy adapted from Richard Matheson's 1975 novel Bid Time Return:

  • the evocative and soaring score of John Barry
  • the scene in which aspiring college playwright Richard Collier (Christopher Reeve) was met by an elderly woman - early 20th century actress Elise McKenna (Jane Seymour), who offered him a gift of a watch and made a request: "Come back to me"
  • eight years later at the Grand Hotel (on Michigan's Mackinac Island), the scene of Richard viewing a portrait of the young actress and learning that she died the night he received the watch - and then willing himself back in time through self-hypnosis to romance her as a young beauty
  • the couple's first meeting by the lake and her question: "Is"
  • his jolting return 'to the future' (after a night of love-making) by finding a modern-era penny dated 1979 in his pocket
  • the ending in which a morbidly depressed Richard had an out-of-body experience toward a bright light where his long-lost love awaited him with outstretched arm


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