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USA: Paramount Pictures
UK: Entertainment Film Distributors
Cast: Paul Walker, Frances O'Connor, Gerard Butler, Billy Connolly, Ethan Embry, Anna Friel, Marton Csokas, Michael Sheen, Lambert Wilson, Matt Craven, David La Haye, Rossif Sutherland, David Thewlis, Richard Zeman, Mike Chute, Neal McDonough , Stefanie Buxton, Marie-Josee D'Amours, Howard Harris, Christian Paul, Patrick Sabongui, Amy Sloan, Martin Stone
Director: Richard Donner
USA & UK: 116 mins
USA Rated: PG-13 for intense battle sequences and brief language
UK Certificate: 12A contains one use of strong language
USA Release Date: 26 November 2003
UK Release Date: 5 December 2003
In the heart of the beautiful and historically rich Dordogne Valley of France, a team of archaeology students and their professor diligently work to uncover the ruins of a 14th century castle. For Professor Edward Johnston (Billy Connolly), the project is the culmination of a lifelong dream. Aided by assistant professor Andre Marek (Gerard Butler), his son Chris (Paul Walker) and students Kate (Frances O'Connor), Stern (Ethan Embry) and Francois (Rossif Sutherland), Johnston has made major strides in unearthing not only La Roque Castle but also a monastery and structures from the surrounding village of Castelgard.
But things are about to go haywire...
Suspicious of the dig's benefactor, International Technology Corporation (ITC) and the man who runs it, Robert Doniger (David Thewlis), Professor Johnston heads to ITC headquarters in New Mexico to get some answers, and while he's away, his students discover a chamber that has been sealed for more than 600 years. Marek and Kate descend into the unstable room, and just before a near disastrous cave-in, they make two startling discoveries - a bifocal lens, which couldn't have been invented before the chamber was sealed, and even more intriguing, a handwritten plea for help dated April 2, 1357... from Professor Johnston!
Determined to solve the mystery, the students head for ITC headquarters, where they are stunned to learn of Doniger's new invention - a machine that can actually transmit three-dimensional objects through space. Although he meant for the device to revolutionize shipping, Doniger inadvertently opened a wormhole that leads directly to the 14th century, and Professor Johnston, who had insisted on experiencing the discovery himself, is now trapped in a vicious French vs. English feudal war! Can Johnston's loyal students survive one of the most violent battles in world history... and make it back to the 21st century alive?
3 Part Documentary 'Journey Through Time'
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