As for this amazingly romantic story, Richard Matheson got the inspiration when he had a dream about meeting the actress Maude Adams after seeing a photograph of her long after she had passed away.
Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour give powerful performances that make this incredible fantasy tale some how believable despite it’s totally impossible premise. The magic of the willing suspension of disbelief is in full effect in this movie. Jane was perfect as the beautiful Elise McKenna. I was just as captivated by her as Richard was in the movie.
While the movie was never a box office success, it has enjoyed an ever-growing fan club through the years thanks to late night TV broadcasts and video rentals. There’s even an official fan club called INSITE for the movie where fans can communicate with other fans and even meet them at the real Grand Hotel located at Mackinac Island, Michigan.
Here’s the haunting music based on a theme of Paganini with another photo tribute to Maude Adams
Portrait of Maude Adams the real Elyse McKenna. Here’s an excellent website dedicated to the beautiful actress.
Nice piece about the importance of the photo
Clips from the movie and about the movie
Good retrospective review of the film with lots of trivia
The man of my dreams scene
Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour go back to the hotel in 2002 and meet the fans of the movie and share what it means to them
Christopher Reeve in 1994 when he went back to the hotel to meet the fans, before his devastating neck injury.
The author of the book and screenplay Richard Matheson celebrates the 25th anniversary of the movie
Here’s the trailer
*Updated on 11/3/2013