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Somewhere in Time

A movie based on the book "Bid Time Return"

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Well Done Adaptation of a Romantic Time Travel Story

  • Mar 8, 2009
Rating:
+2
In some ways this review is a little difficult to write because I read the book before seeing the movie and I suspect I would have reacted differently to the movie had I not read the book. Specifically, I don't think I would have liked it.

That said I did like this movie very much. Somewhere in Time is based on the novel Bid Time Adieu by Richard Matheson. The book is now titled Somewhere in Time because of the popularity of the movie.

For those not familiar with either: Richard Collier is a 36-year old writer who falls in love with a beautiful actress - Elise McKenna. But there's one big problem. She's dead. She lived years ago in another time. But that doesn't stop Richard who figures out a way to travel back in time and win her heart. And that is basically all there is to the plot, a romantic love story between two misplaced souls.

The movie is very well written and is, for the most part, true to the book. Of course Richard Matheson, the book's author, wrote the screenplay so that isn't surprising. The good thing about the movie is it moves along at a reasonably nice pace and the mood it evokes is very much like the book - a nostalgic setting and ethereal romance. The lighting, the pace, the set, and the very good acting make the move work.

The stars of the movie were the late Christopher Reeves - whose unruly hair and kind of stiff but gangly bigness make Richard Collier a likeable goof. Jane Seymour was fabulous as Elise McKenna. And Christopher Plummer, in the role of her overbearing manager, played his role to the hilt.

Overall this movie is definitely a thumbs up and one I'm glad I own.

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Quick Tip by . November 07, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
A classic and one ahead of its time. Beautifully shot with excellent music in the background. One of the most romantic stories I've come across in movies. Jane Seymour is absolutely beautiful in this movie!
Quick Tip by . February 04, 2010
Quite the stereotypical love story that disguises itself as a sci-fi movie. Not a great time travel tale at all...
Quick Tip by . February 03, 2010
Not quite as good as I had hoped. The approach to time travel presented numerous issues & I never bought the love story. Good acting though.
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Richard Collier is a 36-year old writer with a terminal brain tumor who falls in love with a beautiful actress - Elise McKenna. But there's one big problem. She's dead. She lived years ago in another time. But that doesn't stop Richard who figures out a way to travel back in time and win her heart.  Based on the novel written by Richard Matheson.
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