Somewhere In Time

Somewhere In Time (1980)

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Corrected entry: When Richard discovers the old registration book in the hotel attic, he appears to find his signature on the left hand page. When, in 1912, he actually signs the register, he signs on the right hand page. Strangely, the pen and inkwell are located to the left of the register, which would be inconvenient for all but left-handed customers.

Correction: This is not correct. When Richard finds the hotel register in the attic, he turns the page and then as his finger slides down the page, you can see the blue line on the left hand side of the register which was a page outline. This reveals that he did indeed sign the right hand side of the register.

Corrected entry: When Richard is searching the library for information about Elise, he turns several pages of a journal. He finds the photograph of the old lady, but that page had writing on it in the previous shot. (00:16:55)

Correction: You can hear in the background that he turned another page. After the shot with the writing the camera shows Christopher Reeve and we hear that he turns another page where he finds her picture.

Corrected entry: Richard comes from the elevator holding two color books, 40 seconds later he goes into the Hall of History holding one with both hands, 5 steps later and there's no book at all. (00:10:30 - 00:11:25)


Correction: If you look closer, you will see that he has only one book when he comes out from the lift, and that he is holding his finger at a certain page, like a bookmark (this is your confusion, because it looks like 2 books but in fact there's only one), and after he enters the Hall of History he leaves the book on a table or something. We don't have an image that shows him when he left the Hall of History, the scene cuts from the Hall to outside the hotel. When he's out asking Arthur about 'the woman in the picture', he doesn't have it anymore because he might have been to his room and left it there.

Correction: Richard is carrying just one book, it's white with a red spine. However, the mistake occurs when he walks into the Hall of History. The book he is holding is now brown. And then, five steps later, he is not carrying it at all. Later, the white and red book is on his table when he is eating his lunch.

Corrected entry: Richard Collier whistles Rachmaninoff's "Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini" while rowing with Elise McKenna without the negative effects that his memories from his 1980s life have later in the movie. Collier's references to the time when he "knows" he will check into the hotel also fail to affect his equilibrium.

Correction: Richard needs to avoid things that will directly make him think about modern times.He still has all of his memories, so obviously just any thought will not affect his time travel.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Christopher Reeves is looking at the magazines the librarian found for him, he is wearing a blue button-down shirt when she hands them to him. As he is looking, the shot changes to the cover of the magazines with Elise McKenna in it, when the shot changes back to Christopher Reeves he has a blue and white striped button-down shirt on.

Correction: The shirt he is wearing doesn't change. The confusion is due to the camera focus. If you look closely just before the first shot changes, the stripes appear on his shirt as the camera zooms in on him.


Corrected entry: When Richard is trying to go back in time, the picture above him (that was removed earlier) appears above the bed in one quick shot, then is gone again in the next shot.

Correction: Not true. I watched the whole sequence twice. At no point does the picture re-appear. You must be thinking of the picture from the past that appears very hazily as he is trying to go back in time.


Corrected entry: Reeves' character tells McKenna's agent that he is a playwright who has seen his work published - yet this memory doesn't throw him back to his own time; he has to see a penny to be snapped away from Elise.

Correction: Just mentioning that he is a published playwright may not necessarily conjure up memories. Actually seeing and holding something from his own time will certainly propel him back to the future.

Corrected entry: Aged Elise McKenna presents college student with pocket watch in 1974. Student (Reeves) takes pocket watch back to Elise McKenna in 1912, and she keeps it her whole life to give back to him in 1974. Who made the watch - where did it come from?

Correction: The scene is right but you are wrong - this is not a plot hole. In the physics of time it is called the Jinn - the item that has no beginning and no end and exists in a netherworld - with a world line that looks like a hula-hoop. Read about this concept in "Time Travel in Einstein's Universe" by J. Richard Gott.

Corrected entry: When Christopher Reeve is looking backstage for the amazing Elise McKenna, we see a number of plywood stage items. Set in 1912, this action predates the invention of plywood - 1933. There are also extruded aluminium door controllers on many doors.

Correction: Modern plywood was invented in the mid-19th century, and was in common use before 1900. See:

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Richard Collier: Please, don't leave. You have no idea how far I've come to be with you.

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Trivia: Automobiles are not allowed on Mackinac Island (Michigan), but the film was granted special permission to use cars during filming. Cast and crew were not allowed to use the cars when not filming.


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Question: Before Old Arthur leaves the room, why did he get the feeling that him and Richard met before?

Answer: Because they had met before. When Richard went back in time to 1912, Arthur was a five-year-old boy. Old Arthur remembers, or at least recognizes, Richard from that time.

raywest Premium member

Except that Richard hadn't travelled into the past yet.

Like all time-travel fiction, if he will, then he already did. The portrait he saw in the gallery of Jane Seymour is another example: He brought the smile to her face and IIRC, she changed her pose upon seeing him.


Exactly right. Time-travel films rarely make sense plot-wise. They employ a "suspension of disbelief" where the audience just accepts the premise so the story can be told, regardless of whether or not everything makes sense. As I recall, Jane Seymour's "old character" told Richard to "come back to her," meaning she wanted him to go back in time to when she was young.

raywest Premium member

Time Travel movies and shows do this sort of thing often. This movie actually keeps to the premise of time travel pretty well.

Answer: He already did, when the elder Elise approached him and said, "Come back to me." When he visited her home and listened to the music box and replied. "That's my favorite song." He found his name in the old hotel register in the storage room. At the end of the movie, when he returned to the future, Elise was holding his pocket watch, which she returned to him when she was old. All that concludes he did time travel, he just hadn't done it yet.

Thanks. Time travel movies sure are confusing.

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