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From Time to Time (2009)

A haunting ghost story spanning two worlds, more than a century apart. When 13-year-old Tolly finds he can mysteriously travel between the two, he begins an adventure that unlocks family secrets laid buried for generations.

Director:

Julian Fellowes

Writers:

Lucy M. Boston (novel), Julian Fellowes (adaptation)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alex Etel ... Tolly
Timothy Spall ... Boggis
Maggie Smith ... Mrs Oldknow
Christopher Villiers ... Officer
Pauline Collins ... Mrs Tweedie
Eliza Bennett ... Susan (as Eliza Hope Bennett)
Rachel Bell ... Perkins
Dominic West ... Caxton
Carice van Houten ... Maria Oldknow
Douglas Booth ... Sefton
Jenny McCracken Jenny McCracken ... Mrs Gross
Christine Lohr Christine Lohr ... Mrs Robbins
Alan Charlesworth Alan Charlesworth ... Robert the Footman
Hugh Bonneville ... Captain Oldknow
Kwayedza Kureya Kwayedza Kureya ... Jacob
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In 1940s England, thirteen year old Tolly is sent to Green Knowe, the country estate of his grandmother, while his mother searches for any information concerning his missing-in-action father. Tolly soon finds that he can pass through time to witness the family stories Grandmother Oldknow tells him. Traveling back to 1805, Tolly becomes caught up in the family scandals, secrets, and mysteries that still echo in his own time... Written by L. Hamre

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Unlock the Secrets of the Past.


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Rated PG for mild thematic elements and peril | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 September 2010 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Através do Tempo See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Timothy Spall & Dominic West also appeared together in the movie Rock Star. See more »

Goofs

Modern concrete sleepers and rail fixings are seen during the scene at the railway station set in 1944. See more »

Quotes

Maria Oldknow: Well, my dear! Are the gentlemen shooting chickens these days?
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Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 24 September 2010 (2010) See more »

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Love Walked In
Written by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Performed by Virginia Verrill, John Hall, The Samuel Goldwyn Studio Orchestra
Courtesy of P.O.
Published by WB Music Corp (ASCAP) on behalf of George Gershwin Music and Ira Gershwin Music and Chapell & Co. (ASCAP)
Played on grammophone when the Christmas tree is being decorated
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A Charm of its Own
19 July 2013 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

Julian Fellowes adapted the screenplay from Lucy M. Boston's novel 'The Chimneys of Green Knowe' and as expected, especially when he directs his own films the story though slight is filled with elegance, grace and rich atmosphere. With a splendid cast it truly comes to life.

Set in 1940s England, 13-year-old Tolly (Alex Etel) is sent to stay with his grandmother (Maggie Smith) at her country home, which she fears she will have to sell due to money problems. Tolly's father is fighting in WWII, and is missing in action. As his grandmother tells him about the history of the house, and Tolly's ancestors, he finds that he is able to travel back in time to 1805 and discover secrets about his family's past, which still resonate today. The idea of time lapse is present in the story from 1805 - which centers around Tolly's ancestors, the kindly Captain Oldknow (Hugh Bonneville) and his selfish wife Maria (Carice van Houten) and their children Sefton, a spoiled, selfish young man (Douglas Booth) and a kindly, blind girl Susan (Eliza Bennett). Into their lives comes Jacob (Kwayedza Kureya), a former slave who escapes from captivity with the help of Captain Oldknow and joins the household as a companion for Susan, much to the chagrin of Sefton. The primary storyline is set in the 1940s, with Tolly and his grandmother worrying about what has become of Tolly's father, while at the same time getting to know and understand each other. The cast is augmented with character roles played by Timothy Spall, Dominic West, Douglas Booth, Rachel Bell and Pauline Collins.

This is a spirited adventure ghost story played two centuries apart and for those who enjoy the artistry of Julian Fellowes, this is a fine evening's diversion.

Grady Harp


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