Time Travel Movies

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by Vash01, Jan 8, 2011.

  1. Cachoo

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    I'm not sure all of my selections count:
    1. Altered States
    2. Pleasantville
    3. Groundhog Day
    4. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (love, love, love the director)
    5. Star Trek: First Contact
    6. A Christmas Carol
    7. Frequency
    8. Peggy Sue Got Married
    9. Back To The Future
    10. Timeline
  2. triple_toe

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    :cheer: I absolutely adore this movie! I think the cinematography is beautiful, and the use of music is fantastic. The "At Last" scene, when they are driving up to Lover's Lane is just stunning. :swoon: I also love the timing of the "Take Five" scene where Tobey Macguire (sp?) is describing the books. Sigh. Plus, William H. Macy is perfect in his role. Love him.
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    Pleasantville I don't think is a genius movie, but I love it... Oh, I so love it....:D

    Peggy Sue Got Married is a very profound movie, I always thought.... Love it!
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    Pleasantville was a great movie. How come I've never heard of Peggy Sue Got Married? I might Netflix it if hubby lets me into the queue.
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    If your grand-parents passed away (I hope not yet).... you might cry watching this move.
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    I love 12 Monkeys and Pleasantville too. :respec:

    The thing I remember most from Back to the Future is Michael J Fox in his underwear. I was 11 at the time I saw it. :shuffle:
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    What was the name of the movie about the guy from World War II who is discovered and awoken by a boy and is still the age he was when he disappeared then ages suddenly at the end of the movie? I think it had Jamie Lee Curtis and Mel Gibson in it. That is kind of time travelish.

    And are you talking Grandparents and Peggy Sue in the 50's - oh my you are young. My parents are too old for that time-period let alone my grandparents.
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    Just be prepared for a real douchey accent from Nicholas Cage. You have been warned.
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    I remember when Siskel and Ebert absolutely went gaga over Kathleen Turner's reaction when she answered the phone: And I have to admit...at that moment she went from looking like a woman in a teenagers garb to a teenager. Fine acting.
  12. rjblue

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    The Philadelphia Experiment! A time travel movie that is based on a "true" story.

    IMDB voters don't rate it very high (6.1) but I remember liking it a lot.

    If you haven't seen Back to the Future, you are missing one of Michael J. Fox's most charming movies.
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  13. FigureSpins

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    ITA. I hated Nicholas Cage's character in that movie - I wanted to send him for speech therapy.

    As a dedicated Quantum Leap fan, rumor has it that they're making a movie, but the producers don't want Scott Bakula or Dean Stockwell to reprise their roles. The fans, of course, started a online protest petition.


    Back to the Future is always my first choice. God bless Michael J. Fox - he was wonderful in those movies. We just watched the marathon on TV last week, even though we own the collectors' DVDs. We constantly quote lines from the trilogy of BTTF.

    Somewhere in Time is my second choice.

    However, let's not forget about Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure...
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_&_Ted's_Excellent_Adventure
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    I used to love Quantum Leap! TPTB are probably conceiving it as a big action film with lots of high-speed chases and explosions.:blah: Sam and Al are a little old for that kind of thing now. Isn't Dean Stockwell like 80? Maybe they can appear as mentors to the next generation of leapers.

    Bill and Ted is kind of a guilty pleasure for me. When I saw it on TV, I was pleasantly surprised. It was much more clever than the stupid theatrical trailers had made it look. It's still ridiculous (in an amusing way.):)
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    Not sure if this qualifies but Momento with Guy Pierce. The film would not have worked if it didn't keep backtracking on itself.

    Another vote for Back to the Future. All three are really good. And love Groundhog Day.

    I will put a vote in for Blackadder's Christmas Carol.
  16. triple_toe

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    Blackadder's Back and Forth too! :inavoid:
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    We watch Groundhog Day every Groundhog Day in our house. I gave it to DH for Valentine's Day last year. I love the whole "learn to play the piano expertly, one day at a time" story arc.
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    What about Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure? :lol:

    ETA: :eek: FigureSpins beat me to it :lol:
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    From an earlier era, one I don't think anyone has mentioned: Portrait of Jennie with Jennifer Jones and Joseph Cotton.
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    Forever Young - lovely movie.

    I loved The Lake House, The Time Machine (2002) with its fabulous soundtrack, Terminator series, Thrill Seekers (Casper van Dien), the ending of the first Planet of the Apes - love it :shuffle: The Two Worlds of Jennie Logan (Lindsay Wagner and Marc Singer).
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    I know I saw it, in the theatre, when it first came out but I honestly have almost no recollection of the movie at all. I guess that's how much it impressed me. I might watch it again sometime to see if it does anything for me now.


    And weird that people like the Lakehouse. I also saw that when it first came out and honestly thought it was one of the worst movies I have ever seen. I remember posting that right here as soon as I returned home, I was so :rolleyes: over it. I've since seen it in TV and it didn't seem as bad as when I first saw it. Not to say it was now good or anything.
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    I like The Lake House also, but timing is everything. I'd had a long, crummy week at work and I needed a piece of total inconsequential fluff to cheer me up and distract me.
  23. Artemis@BC

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    Add my votes for Pleasantville (funny, didn't really think of it as "time travel" before this thread but I guess it is, kinda), Peggy Sue Got Married, and Frequency, all superb. The Time Bandits was lots of silly fun. I also liked The Lake House more than I thought I would. And I even liked The Time Traveller's Wife -- probably because I went in with rock-bottom low expectations.

    The tv-movie adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time was pretty bad, but I mention it just to plug the excellent book on which it was based.

    Doctor Who -- particularly "NuWho" -- is the time travel TV series by which all others are judged. There were also some great time-travel episodes of Star Trek, particularly "Trials & Tribble-ations" (DS9), the series finale of Voyager, and "Tapestry" (TNG) -- others too but those are the ones off the top of my head.
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    Re - Peggy Sue Got Married - not a great movie, a good one with some nice moments.
    My fav - Peggy Sue is in math class (algebra I think), and when the teacher asks her a question, she states she knows for a fact she will never need to know it. hee hee

    Loved Somewhere in Time (C Reeve and J Seymour). Also loved Timeline - the book - will have to check out the movie.
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    Interesting, until reading the original post, I never thought of Somewhere in Time as a time travel movie, although of course I know the plot very well, and of course it involves time travel. I always catagorized it as a romance movie. Its on my short list of all time favorite movies ever, and that says a lot since I'm not all that enamoured with romance movies. Thanks to the OP, I can now think of it as a time travel movie. LOL. But I do think it is THE best/most romantic movie I've ever seen.
  26. Skate Talker

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    I loved the Philadelphia Experiment! I think it was mostly because of Michael Pare's excellent deep voice - gave me shivers.

    and thank you Skatefan for id-ing Forever Young
  27. nlyoung

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    It's not technically "time travel", but Sliding Doors was a great alternate reality time line movie.
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    Well if we're opening that door (sorry), I'd say Me Myself I with Rachel Griffiths is a much better example.
  29. Aussie Willy

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    Has anyone seen Dreamship Surprise? A time travel film with a couch as a time machine.

    It is a German film which is a take off of Star Wars and Star Trek and is hilarious. The crew of the ship are all gay. The problem when I saw it on DVD was the copy my friend got didn't have English subtitles. The thing was we could still understand what happened anyway. Funny thing was the songs were all sung in English.
  30. Tinami Amori

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    It is not a cinematographic masterpiece, but it has a lot of interesting “movie trivia” elements, such it being a rather unusual genre for Francis Ford Coppola; one of the first acting roles in a famous director’s movies for Jim Carey and Helen Hunt; the time traveler being a woman and “female perspective”, etc.

    On the other note: Can “History of the World I and II” be classified as “Time travel movies”? The main characters do abruptly leave one historic time period and pop up in the other…. going forward….

    Same question for “Logan’s Run”… The hero leaves his world and comes out in Washington DC, some post world holocaust event, when everything is in ruins… Relevant to our times it’s future…..
  31. Aussie Willy

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    Ooo yes I think so.

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    I like Timeline because of Gerard Butler with his full Scottish accent.
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    Aaaaagh!! History of The World Part I is one of my top 5 favorite comedies! LOL at the guy hawking plumbing in Rome: "It's amazing, it's astounding, get on the bandwagon - pipe the shit RIGHT out of your HOUSE!"

    It must also be said that Madeline Kahn was a scream as Empress Nympho! God, that woman was hilarious.
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    Love Madeline Kahn. Yes No No No No No No Yes.

    I also liked Spike Milligan as the father freeing the birds.

    And can't forget Hilter on Ice.