Somewhere In Time
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Plot hole: Richard eventually manages to travel back in time by removing all the modern items from his room. But what about the spotlights above his bed? (00:31:40)

Plot hole: The watch that is presented to Collier by Elise which starts this entire story is never purchased, stolen or acquired in any way, but left behind by Collier. It is just there, which is a paradox in itself.

Plot hole: If Richard never reveals to Elise he is from the future, how then does the old Elise know where and when to find Richard to give the watch to and create a time loop?

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Suggested correction: I agree this is not explicitly explained in the film. But because Elise was an actress, it's not a stretch to imagine that she would still follow the theater news, see the announcement of Richard's new hit play in 1972, recognize him, and go to the premier party to give him the watch.

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Factual error: In scenes that take place in 1912 on the porch of the hotel you can sometimes see American flags in the background. The flags in the movie have 50 stars. The 50 star flag wasn't adopted until after 1959. (01:25:15)

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Richard Collier: I owe you an apology. I understand you now. You have nothing but the best motives in mind for her, but so do I.

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Trivia: During filming, director Jeannot Szwarc had communication problems with both Christopher Reeve and Christopher Plummer. Every time he would say Chris, both Reeves and Plummer would respond. To put an end to it, he started addressing Christopher Plummer as "Mr. Plummer" and Christopher Reeve as "Bigfoot."

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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.

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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.

kayelbe

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.

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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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