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Somewhere in Time: A Sensational Hit

Posted by Desirae MacGillivray | 07 May 2013

Whether you were into science fiction or romantic love stories, Somewhere in Time was a movie that captivated audiences in the 1980s (and still does to this day!). The story left people fascinated by the love story between Richard and Elise, and the concept of finding your destiny in another time. There is even an official Somewhere in Time fan club, INSIGHT, for the movie that offers collectibles, jewelry, apparel, videos, DVDs, books, music, news and a place for dedicated fans to connect. This phenomenon is considered a cult classic and there is a passionate community dedicated to preserving the legacy of the movie. Now that movie is has been adapted into a musical!
Somewhere in Time is based off of a novel by Richard Matheson. Richard, a young playwright, is in awe over a portrait of a  beautiful woman, Elise, which was taken in the early 1900s.
Through the use of self-hypnosis he travels back in time to find the woman he saw in the portrait. This movie was filmed in an actual location, the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, which made the story more “real” to its viewers. Because this destination still exists, fans of the movie travel there each year to experience the world of the film. Some even dress up in period garb to honor the film, feeling that it is the closest thing to actual time travel as one can get.


Mackinac Island, located in Michigan, is home of the Grand Hotel from Somewhere in Time. Each year, the hotel hosts a “Somewhere in Time Weekend.” This year, the event will take place from October 4 - 6. Lovers of the movie arrive each year for this event with the hope of “reliving” the film and making a “cameo appearance” in costume.


So, the question remains: Why is Somewhere in Time such a hit? One factor could be that the geographic location of hotel, which was the setting for the film, actually, physically exists. This allows ardent fans the opportunity to travel to the hotel and be in the same places where the actors once stood; where the love story itself took place. Somewhere in Time combines the concept of time traveleling with a captivating, enduring love story. So the film catered to some pretty diverse interests and genres.
It is one of only three movies that has an established fan club solely dedicated to the motion picture. The other two are Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz, which is significant when you consider that both of those films were instant commercial successes when they were released. The film was not only popular in the United States; it played at The Palace Theater in Hong Kong, and for 18 months crowds came to see the movie. Today, it ranks as one of the top ten highest grossing films of all time in China.

Essentially, Somewhere in Time generated its own marketing, by word of mouth, and via the medium of cable, which started showing the film when cable stations were brand new to the television scene. Cable stations received hundreds letters, asking for the movie to be run again, and again. Consequently, the studio belatedly realized how much the movie was loved.
Relive the love story with the world premiere musical of Somewhere in Time, running May 28 - June 30 at PCS!





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