A time travel romance starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. Although this film was not popular at the time it was released, it has since inspired a wide 'cult' following.
The movie opens with college student Richard Collier gathering rave reviews for his new play. At the party, he comes face to face with an old woman who presses something in his hand and whispers, 'Come back to me.' He opens his hand to find an old pocket watch.
Cut to several years later. Playwright Collier is in the midst of a break-up and writers block. He leaves the city for awhile to think things out and finds himself near his alma mater at the Grand Hotel. While wandering around the hotel, he finds a photograph of a beautiful young woman. Richard is entranced, and tries to find out all he can about her. During the course of his research he learns she was Elise McKenna, an actress from the turn of the century. He also discovers that she was the mysterious old woman who gave him the watch.
Determining that he must meet her somehow, he employees self-hypnosis and wills himself back to 1912. He meets Elise and they fall in love, which does not make her manager, William Fawcett Robinson, happy at all.
Can their love outlast the immense problems caused by their 'time' difference? And can Richard remain in a time that is not his?
During a play, Elise McKenna (Jane Seymour) improvises:
The man of my dreams has almost faded now. The one I have created in my mind. The sort of man each woman dreams of, in the deepest and most secret reaches of her heart. I can almost see him now before me. What would I say to him if he were really here? 'Forgive me. I have never known this feeling. I have lived without it all my life. Is it any wonder, then, I failed to recognise you? You, who brought it to me for the first time. Is there any way that I can tell you how my life has changed? Any way at all to let you know what sweetness you have given me? There is so much to say. I cannot find the words. Except for these: I love you'. Such would I say to him if he were really here.
Trivia: Jane Seymour came for her audition/reading for Elise wearing a 1912 era gown and hairdo and basically said, 'I am Elise McKenna and I have to play this part.' Dozens of actresses read for the coveted role. Jane has one green eye and one brown eye, and her real name is Joyce Penelope Wilhelmina Frankenburg.
The music soundtrack for Somewhere In Time, by John Barry, is his all-time best selling score, outselling all his other soundtracks put together.
The production could not afford John Barry, and did not approach him to be composer until Jane Seymour, a longtime friend of the Barry's, offered to get John involved. Impressed with the story, he was pleased to be part of the production, but his fee was an issue. He accepted a percentage of soundtrack sales for the first time in his career. It turned out to be a fortuitous move, because the soundtrack still sells impressively throughout the world.
While Somewhere In Time was trounced by jaded critics, the fans knew better, and the film found its own audience, despite being in theatres for only 3 weeks, or less in some areas.
It did its own marketing, by word of mouth, and via the medium of cable, which started showing the film when cable stations were brand new avenues of film offering. Cable stations found themselves deluged with letters, asking for the movie to be run again, and again. Consequently, the studio belatedly realized how much the movie was loved.
Out of 9 or 10 starring roles in scripts offered him after the first Superman film, Christopher Reeve chose to do Somewhere In Time, because of the emotional challenge it afforded him. SIT had a much smaller budget than the others, and far less to offer him for the role but he chose it despite his agent's strong urging against it.
Christopher Reeve: 'The exciting thing to me about acting is that it's something you never finish learning how to do, it grows as you do, and the only limitation is your imagination or lack of, whether you take on a new adventure or not' . . . 'I'm interested in change, I'm interested in exploration, I'm interested in creative risk. I've certainly managed to avoid the formula to stay 'on top' in Hollywood, and that's OK, because I think I've had a more interesting time doing what I do.'
Starting his journey in regional theatre, Chris followed his parents' edict and went to Cornell, then studied under John Houseman at Julliard. Chris feels his first big break came in the fall of 1975 when he landed a coveted role with Katharine Hepburn in 'A Matter of Gravity' on Broadway. She chose him to play her grandson, 'and then began a very intense, demanding, rewarding, intimidating, satisfying year of my life.' He does a sterling impression of her, which delighted the audience.
He and Hepburn became very close and stayed in contact until her death in 2003. A romance was rumored, but Reeve laughed it off saying, 'That was wild, that thought. She was 66 and I was 22. But that, you know, that could be fun.' He did admit to having a boyhood crush on her: 'When I was a kid I would have crossed the country on my hands and knees just to say hi.' Reeve credited the legendary actress with giving him many valuable lessons on acting. Hepburn in turn praised her young co-star. She predicted great things for him and joked that he would 'support me in my old age.' Reeve is reported to have joked back, 'I don't think I'll live that long, Miss Hepburn.'
When he was once asked about his favorite leading ladies, Chris went on about his special working relationship with Jane Seymour. They 'clicked' easily and they remained lifelong friends.