Richard clearly hopes to spend a long and happy life with Elise. He forgets that, according to history as presented in the version of 1980 that he came from, she had had a lonely, reclusive life.
So the big question is whether he can change history. And actually, he has one opportunity to find out (if only he'd thought more carefully about time travel paradoxes). When he signed the hotel register, he should have tried NOT to get room number 416. If it had been possible to get a different room, then it might have been possible for him to live happily ever after with Elise. Otherwise, then at least he would have been able to prepare himself for disappointment, which could have meant not dying from a broken heart.
1975's "The Reincarnation Of Peter Proud" has a similar theme, but "Somewhere In Time" does it so much better, taking it way beyound anywhere NEAR reincarnation. "Somewhere In Time" is more of a capsule-of-the-moment on how 'timeless' and 'rare' TRUE LOVE can BE and how quickly it can be taken from us...
The theatrical 1-sheet poster
of "Somewhere In Time" is also a high-mark for collectors. The poster is most notable because of its breathtaking artwork that features one solid color of peach-colored flesh with Seymour's captivating Mona-Lisa smile and facial features -But no facial outline, as the color of the poster IS her face(!) similar to Polanski's "Chinatown" artwork, with Christopher Reeve walking beside Elise's famous image. Be warned not to get ripped off however by buying a 'reprint', as there are many out there. (The difference between the reprint and the original is that the original is 27x41 and its white borders are a more cream-color. The reprint is 27x40 with its white borders BRIGHT WHITE. Neither has, nor EVER had, the usual NSS# at the bottom right.
Contributed by: LoverswithCassie
Jane Seymour named one of her sons Christopher ... after her leading-man. Both Christopher Reeve
and Jane Seymour remained good friends up until he died.
The only Academy Award the film was nominated for, was "BEST COSTUME DESIGN" for Jean-Pierre Dorleac.
Look for a brief appearance by a young William H. Macy
of "Fargo" and "Boogie Nights" fame who plays a 'critic' in the film.
Another now-famous person to look for in the opening college party scene is George Wendt
(Norm from "Cheers").
Contributed by: Sam Johnson
Note that when Christopher Reeve wakes up in the barn, a horse is staring down at him, He screams in fear, a scary precurser.
Contributed by: Yves Leprohon
In the 20th anniversary edition DVD, Christopher Reeve is interviewed sometime in the year 2000 (with respirator and all) and mentions a near death experience that occured two months after his accident where he had an out of body view from above, very similar to ending scene of the movie.
The novel the movie was based on was written by Richard Matheson, who also wrote "What Dreams May Come."
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