Film: Somewhere In Time

Someday in the past, he will find her...

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

Even if you have Single-Target Sexuality, 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 (Christopher Reeve), who, for lack of a better description, manages to psych himself back in time to find a beautiful woman in an old photograph. The space-time continuum is just no match for The Power of Love.

Richard arrives in The Edwardian Era when stage actress Elise McKenna (Jane Seymour) was visiting the same vintage hotel he was staying at in The '80s. However, her overprotective manager William Fawcett Robinson (Christopher Plummer) won't hear of anyone romancing his star.

This work provides examples of:

  • Bittersweet Ending: Richard dies of grief after being separated from Elise and returned to his own time, but is reunited with Elise in heaven.
  • The Constant: Arthur.
  • Creator Cameo: Richard Matheson appears as the 1912 man who stares at Arthur following the latter's less-than-successful attempt to shave with a straight razor. ("Astonishing!")
  • The Edwardian Era: 1912 scenes.
  • The '80s: 1980 scenes. Okay, the very early Eighties.
  • Fade to White
  • Fantastic Romance
  • Fashions Never Change: Subverted: Elise informs Richard that his suit is 15 years out of style.
  • Film of the Book
  • Forgotten Theme Tune Lyrics: A post-film example — the theme was given lyrics in The '90s 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.
  • Gorgeous Period Dress: Elise wears some magnificent examples of late-Edwardian (1910 to 1914) couture.
  • Have We Met Yet?
  • Her Heart Will Go On: Unusual in that the story is seen from the man's perspective.
  • Love Before First Sight
  • Mental Time Travel: The hero is able to cross time through the means of self hypnosis.
  • Nostalgia Heaven: Richard and Elise are reunited in Fluffy Cloud Heaven upon Richard's death.
  • Obscured Special Effects: 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 lumped in with all of the science fiction genre films during the post Star Wars era.
  • Opera Gloves: Elise wears these seemingly half the entire length of her screen time in the film.
  • The '70s: 1972 scenes.
  • Single-Target Sexuality: Richard and Elise.
  • Something We Forgot: Richard apparently didn't check his pockets.
  • Stable Time Loop: The watch.
    • The portrait of Elise that Richard falls in love with also works something like this: 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.
  • Time Travel
  • Time Travel Romance
  • Throw It In: In-universe. Elise gets lost in her lines in the 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.
  • Together in Death: Anti-climax: Richard's abrupt separation from Elise upon unfortunate reminder from his own timeline. Penny for your thoughts? REEEEEEE-chard!!!
  • The Windy City
  • Your Universe or Mine?
  • You Already Changed The Past adapted, as this is discovered before going back, not after; resulting in Vuja De.