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The Time Traveler's Wife (2009)

PG-13 | | Drama, Fantasy, Romance | 14 August 2009 (USA)
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A Chicago librarian has a gene that causes him to involuntarily time travel, creating complications in his marriage.

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Robert Schwentke

Writers:

Bruce Joel Rubin (screenplay), Audrey Niffenegger (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Nolden ... Annette DeTamble
Alex Ferris ... Henry at Six
Arliss Howard ... Richard DeTamble
Eric Bana ... Henry
Katherine Trowell ... Hospital Receptionist
Bart Bedford Bart Bedford ... Library Researcher
Esther Jun Esther Jun ... Waitress
Matt Birman ... Chicago Police #1
Craig Snoyer Craig Snoyer ... Chicago Police #2
Rachel McAdams ... Clare
Carly Street Carly Street ... Librarian
Romyen Tangsubutra Romyen Tangsubutra ... Thai Waiter
Brooklynn Proulx ... Clare at Six and Eight
Jane McLean ... Charisse
Ron Livingston ... Gomez
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Storyline

When Henry DeTamble meets Clare Abshire in a Chicago library they both understand that he is a time traveler, but she knows much more about him as he has not yet been to the times and places where they have already met. He falls in love with her, as she has already with him, but his continuing unavoidable absences while time traveling - and then returning with increasing knowledge of their future - makes things ever more difficult for Clare. Written by J-26

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements, brief disturbing images, nudity and sexuality | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 August 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Time Traveler's Wife See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$39,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,623,171, 16 August 2009, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$63,414,846

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$101,344,412
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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Brazilian distributor for the film ran Internet ads for it, incorrectly stating it to be "a film by Brad Pitt". Pitt is an Executive Producer, not Director. See more »

Goofs

Toward the beginning of the film Henry has just come inside from a driving rain storm. He is not wearing anything on his head and yet when he is indoors his hair is dry. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Henry at Six: [giving up] I can't sing.
Annette DeTamble: That was fine, Henry.
Henry at Six: I can't sing like you.
Annette DeTamble: Of course not. You're supposed to sing like you.
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Referenced in Parks and Recreation: Born and Raised (2011) See more »

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Es ist ein Ros entsprungen
Written by Micheal Praetorius
Performed by Mychael Danna
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It's about life long metaphors, not the science.
14 August 2009 | by snickers797See all my reviews

Something I often find bothersome in 'time travel fiction' is that there is usually a large chunk of the storytelling dedicated to the tedium of explaining 'how' time travel works, particularly when time travel is merely a device to aid the storytelling. We don't really need to know the science behind it because, simply put, science can neither logically explain its paradoxical nature, nor prove or dispute its possibility. "The Time Traveler's Wife" never makes pretenses to the science behind it, rather it centers its focus on the story.

At the heart of this film is a love story and the complexities that people bring to their relationships. What I liked most was its metaphorical allusion to the distance in relationships and how the important people in our lives stay with us even after they are gone. The scenes between Henry and young Clare were especially moving because they took literally the notion of feeling like you have known someone your whole life. It's kind of like when you share stories from your past with friends and significant others, retelling them time and again until your experiences are indistinguishable from theirs, except in the case of Henry and Clare, the experiences are real if not linear.

Just go and watch it. Decide for yourself if you like it. Just don't dwell too much on the technicalities. After all, Scientific Theorists have been slamming their heads against the wall on the matter of time travel for centuries. Take the story for what it is and enjoy the ride.


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