->''"Someday in the past he ''will'' find her..."''
-->-- '''{{Tagline}}'''

A 1980 film adaptation of Creator/RichardMatheson's ''Bid Time Return'', directed by Jeannot Szwarc.

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 the playwright and writer Richard Collier (Creator/ChristopherReeve), who, for lack of a better description, manages to [[MentalTimeTravel psych himself back in time]] to find a beautiful woman in an old photograph. The space-time continuum is just no match for ThePowerOfLove.

Richard arrives in TheEdwardianEra at the same vintage hotel he was staying at in 1980, where he encounters the woman he's looking for, stage actress Elise [=McKenna=] (Creator/JaneSeymourActress). However, her overprotective manager William Fawcett Robinson (Creator/ChristopherPlummer) won't hear of anyone romancing ''his'' star.

!!This work provides examples of:
* 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.
* 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 ''Theatre/{{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.
* LoveBeforeFirstSight
* MaybeMagicMaybeMundane: A definite implication in the original book, averted somewhat in the film (which eliminates the book's subplot that Richard has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor). Nevertheless, Roger Ebert writes in his review of the film, "The movie never makes it clear whether the playwright actually does travel through time, or only hypnotizes himself into thinking he does." [[https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/somewhere-in-time-1980]] Arguably, the film provides independent evidence that Richard's journey through time did take place, by showing Elise as an old woman and her early interaction with young Richard.
* MentalTimeTravel: The hero is able to cross time through the means of self hypnosis.
* 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 [[MentalTimeTravel 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.
* 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.
* YourUniverseOrMine
* YouAlreadyChangedThePast: This is discovered before going back, not after, resulting in VujaDe.