326. Somewhere in Time

Movie: Somewhere in Time

Release Date: October 3, 1980

Director: Jeannot Szwarc

Starring: Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour, Christopher Plummer.

Tag Lines: “Some day in the past, he will find her.”

“Someday in the past he will find her…”

“Beyond fantasy. Beyond obsession. Beyond time itself… he will find her.”

“He sacrificed life in the present… to find love in the past.”

Relevance: This is a “Chrissy” movie if there ever was one! For those of you who don’t know who Chrissy is, you may know her by her other name, mom. My mom to be precise. The woman that you could probably blame for this list, as I inherited the love of Hollywood, the Oscars and movies from her.

Chrissy loves her romance, drama and comedy movies. When ‘Somewhere in Time’ was on HBO, we were watching it. I am not sure if she saw this movie in theaters, but I know she watched it on HBO, which is where I saw it for the first time in the early 1980’s. She was a huge Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour fan and she absolutely adored this movie. Of course I knew Christopher Reeve as Superman from the 1978 movie of which I will be watching later this year. I didn’t know who Jane Seymour was but I still enjoyed the movie.

I am sure much of the “romance” stuff went over my head at my very young, naive age, but due to the time travel element, I was hooked on the story. Apparently there is continuance of the time travel theme from yesterday (see 327. Time After Time). Like yesterday’s movie, I would watch ‘Somewhere in Time’ every time it was showing. It intrigued me. I loved how Christopher Reeve’s character was totally committed and obsessed about traveling back to 1912.

The music from the film is also something that stuck with me through the years. It introduced me to Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” which plays an important element in the screenplay. Every time I hear that piece of music, it take me right back to the early 1980’s watching ‘Somewhere in Time’ with my mom.

Today’s Thoughts: This movie is still as romantic, dramatic and intriguing as it was to me as a child watching it with my mom. I probably haven’t seen this movie in over twenty years and thoroughly enjoyed it today. Being older now, the “romance” stuff was not lost on me. I got it. I still get chills when Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” swells. And I was moved to tears. Yes, there was a return of the Kleenex box.

Let me just say that Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour were both absolutely, breathtakingly gorgeous in this movie. Talk about good genes. Both of them are beautiful with beautiful performances to match. Just watching them together makes you want to fall in love. The scene where they are separated near the end of the movie is devastating. And hello Captain Von Trapp! Yes, Christopher Plummer, another gorgeous man back in his youthful days, plays the “bad guy,” if you will, in the movie. Another great actor giving his all in a supporting role.

Knowing the tragedy that struck Christopher Reeve so early in life makes this movie even more tragic to watch. He was such a talented actor. I would loved to have seen what roles he would have played when he got older. He will always be Superman to me, but this movie holds a very special place in my heart.

Awards: Academy Award for Best Costume Design, Jean-Pierre Dorleac (nomination), Golden Globe for Best Original Score, John Barry (nomination).

Ways to Watch: YouTube, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, Hulu, DVD Availability.

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