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Norman's Awesome Experience (1988)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Sci-Fi | September 1989 (Canada)
A scientist, a model and a photographer, by accident; are sent back in time to ancient Switzerland during the reign of the Roman Emperor Nero, being captured by the Gallic Arverni.

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Paul Donovan

Writer:

Paul Donovan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom McCamus ... Norman
Laurie Paton ... Erica
Jacques Lussier ... Umberto
David Hemblen ... Septimus Fabius
Lee Broker Lee Broker ... Marcus Titanus
Marcos Woinsky Marcos Woinsky ... Serpicus
Gabriela Salos Gabriela Salos ... Felix
Brian Downey ... Dr. Nobbelmeyer
Armando Capo Armando Capo ... Blacksmith (as Armand Capo)
Enrique Latorre Enrique Latorre ... Emperor Nero
Jorge Luis Estrella Jorge Luis Estrella ... High Priest
Jacques Arndt Jacques Arndt ... Administrator
Theodore McNabney Theodore McNabney ... Chief Scientist
Bill Carr ... Gatekeeper
Carlos Weber Carlos Weber ... Staffmember
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Storyline

An American scientist, a fashion model, and her photographer are accidentally transported back in time to the 1st Century A.D. in Roman Switzerland and are taken in by a small village of the Arverni, who they persuade to fight against the Roman legions under the ruthless Emperor Nero. Written by Anonymous

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Norman thought the 20th Century was bad. But now, he's got a date with the Roman Empire.

Genres:

Comedy | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

PG-13
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Language:

English | Latin

Release Date:

September 1989 (Canada) See more »

Also Known As:

A Switch in Time See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color
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Several scenes in the beginning of the movie were shot in and around CERN, the European Laboratory for particle physics. This includes scenes in the UA1 experimental hall, where the W and Z particles were discovered, for which the 1984 Nobel Prize in physics had been awarded. See more »

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References Roger Ramjet (1965) See more »

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Norman's Excellent Adventure
12 July 2017 | by sol-See all my reviews

'A Switch in Time' -- re-titled 'Norman's Awesome Experience' in some countries to cash in on the success of 'Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure' -- this earlier Canadian comedy is a very different sort of movie, premise of traveling back in time aside. Norman, unlike Bill and Ted, is well educated and clever; in fact, he is a scientist accidentally sent back in time with a fashion model and her boyfriend who con him into showing them his laboratory. As the trio find themselves in Ancient Rome, the model and her boyfriend take to assuming power in their tiny village while Norman sets about inventing things that do not yet exist; one of the film's funniest lines has him tell the model "I'll invent soap!" if she quits complaining about the noise that he is making. Norman's inventions (which also include the world's first printing press!) unfortunately take a back seat to battle sequences and side scenes in which the Ancient Roman characters debate what to do about the 'revolution' that the model and her boyfriend have sparked. In fact, Norman gets less screen time than his fellow two time travelers. 'A Switch in Time''s descent into near obscurity over the years is not too surprising at the end of the day. The opening handful of scenes (filmed inside real laboratories) are great, but the filmmakers do not always seem to know what to do once their characters arrive in the past.


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