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-->''Someday in the past, he [[TimeTravelTenseTrouble will]] find her...''

A 1980 film adaptation of Richard Matheson's ''Bid Time Return''.

Even if you have SingleTargetSexuality, you just might give up after finding out that your One True Love lives in a different time period, but that doesn't stop Richard Collier (Christopher Reeve), who, for lack of a better description, manages to [[MentalTimeTravel psych himself back in time]]. The space-time continuum is just no match for ThePowerOfLove.

Richard arrives in TheEdwardianEra when stage actress Elise [=McKenna=] (Jane Seymour) was visiting the same vintage hotel he was staying at in TheEighties. However, her overprotective manager (Christopher Plummer) won't hear of anyone romancing ''his'' star.
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!!Tropes include:
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler: Richard dies of grief after being separated from Elise and returned to his own time, but is reunited with Elise in heaven.]]
* TheConstant: Arthur.
* CreatorCameo: Richard Matheson appears as the 1912 man who stares at Arthur following the latter's [[ThereWillBeToiletPaper less-than-successful attempt]] to shave with a straight razor. ("Astonishing!")
* TheEdwardianEra: 1912 scenes.
* TheEighties: 1980 scenes. Okay, the ''very early'' Eighties.
* EnforcedMethodActing: The first time Richard sees Elise's picture was also the first time Christopher Reeve had seen it. The director wanted his genuine reaction.
* FadeToWhite
* FantasticRomance
* FashionsNeverChange: Subverted: Elise informs Richard that his suit is 15 years out of style.
* FilmOfTheBook
* ForgottenThemeTuneLyrics: A post-film example -- the theme was given lyrics in TheNineties and turned into a song of the same title for Michael Crawford. It appears on the soundtrack to his Las Vegas show ''[=EFX!=]'', where it served as a prerecorded prelude due to its fantasy theme, but it's easy to interpret the first-person lyrics as coming from Richard's point of view.
* GorgeousPeriodDress: Elise wears some magnificent examples of late-Edwardian (1910 to 1914) couture.
* HaveWeMetYet
* HerHeartWillGoOn: Unusual in that the story is seen from the man's perspective.
* HeyItsThatGuy: Richard is none other than Film/{{Superman}}.
* LoveBeforeFirstSight
* NostalgiaHeaven: [[spoiler: Richard and Elise are reunited in Fluffy Cloud Heaven upon Richard's death.]]
* ObscuredSpecialEffects: The time travel is achieved through the mundane process of self hypnosis. The visuals used to represent Richard's journey through time are similar to those that might be used in any ordinary drama to represent falling in and out of a dream. Reportedly, because the story involved time travel as a plot element, this was done to avoid being [[SciFiGhetto lumped in with]] all of the science fiction genre films during the post StarWars era.
* OperaGloves: Elise wears these seemingly half the entire length of her screen time in the film.
* TheRedStapler: Many fans of the film now take vacations to the FrozenInTime Mackinac Island, Michigan (where the movie was filmed) to expand their understanding of the setting.
** Expand their understanding of the setting...so, to discover that the movie portrayed the island ''totally'' inaccurately by making it appear accessible by bridge and having the characters drive around in motorized vehicles?
** Since when is Mackinac Island FrozenInTime? There's a ''Starbucks'' there as of August 2011.
* TheSeventies: 1972 scenes.
* SingleTargetSexuality: Richard and Elise.
* SomethingWeForgot: Richard apparently didn't check his pockets.
* StableTimeLoop: The watch.
** The portrait of Elise that Richard falls in love with also works something like this: [[spoiler: after he's travelled back in time and she's falling in love with him, the reason she looks so happy and beautiful in the photograph is because she sees him while it's being taken.]]
* TimeTravel
* TimeTravelRomance
* ThrowItIn: In-universe. Elise gets lost in her lines in the [[ShowWithinAShow play]], during a scene discussing love; she instead begins daydreaming about finding her (Elise's) real true love. Unfortunately the effect is more awkward and stilted than romantic, at least for anyone who is not Richard. The other actress looks uncomfortable, and Elise's manager is none too thrilled.
* TogetherInDeath: [[spoiler: Anti-climax: Richard's abrupt separation from Elise upon unfortunate reminder from his own timeline. ''Penny for your thoughts?'' [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/DarthWiki/Narm REEEEEEE-chard!!!]]]]
* TheWindyCity
* YourUniverseOrMine
* YouAlreadyChangedThePast adapted, as this is discovered before going back, not after; resulting in VujaDe.
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