PG | | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
A Chicago playwright uses self-hypnosis to travel back in time and meet the actress whose vintage portrait hangs in a grand hotel.
The hotel in the film's source novel, the Hotel del Coronado, was the first choice for use in the film. The hotel had been well known for its appearance in the classic film Some Like It Hot (1959) but it could not be used in this film version due to its modernization. This modernizing, preventing a depiction of 1912 film reality, included roof antennas, aluminum windows, new tennis courts and a high-rise convention center built on the property. The Mackinac Island's Grand Hotel was sited in the book "Great American Hotels", was perfect, and was selected for use in the film. Today, there is a plaque on stone monument placed on the hotel's site at the actual place where Richard and Elise met in the film. Ironically, due to the limited budget, cast and crew did not stay at the hotel during principal photography, they stayed in dormitories on the other side of Mackinac Island. The Hotel del Coronado did not miss out on a film production though, it was used for another picture around the same time that this film was made, for The Stunt Man (1980).
I got some news. There was an agent in the house tonight, and he said he thinks this play might be good enough for Broadway.
Richard Collier: Fingers crossed, who knows? Come on, let's all have some cake.
The song "You Made Me Love You" was first published in 1913, however when Richard first awakens in 1912 and finds himself in a stranger's room, the occupant of the room can be heard singing this song.
Video version has some parts of the soundtrack changed, due to copyright problems: the original "Theme from Somewhere In Time," performed by pianist Roger Williams over the end titles, is replaced by other music in the videocassette and DVD versions. It's intact in the laserdisc release.