The Time Traveler's Wife

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A romantic drama about a Chicago librarian with a gene that causes him to involuntarily time travel, and the complications it creates for his marriage.

Release Year: 2009

Rating: 7.0/10 (46,576 voted)

Critic's Score: 47/100

Robert Schwentke

Stars: Eric Bana, Rachel McAdams, Ron Livingston

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

Writers: Bruce Joel Rubin, Audrey Niffenegger


Michelle Nolden

Annette DeTamble

Alex Ferris

Henry at Six

Arliss Howard

Richard DeTamble

Eric Bana


Katherine Trowell

Hospital Receptionist

Bart Bedford

Library Researcher

Esther Jun


Matt Birman

Chicago Police #1

Craig Snoyer

Chicago Police #2

Rachel McAdams


Carly Street


Romyen Tangsubutra

Thai Waiter

Brooklynn Proulx

Clare at Six and Eight

Jane McLean


Ron Livingston



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Release Date: 14 August 2009

Filming Locations: Chicago, Illinois, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $39,000,000


Opening Weekend: $18,623,171
(16 August 2009)
(2988 Screens)

Gross: $63,414,846
(3 December 2009)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


During the final meadow scene, after Henry disappears, Alba bends down to pick up his discarded brown loafers. This is a reference to the cover art of one edition of the book, which features a young girl (visible only from mid-leg down) standing next to a brown pair of loafers in a field.


Errors in geography:
The movie is set in Chicago, Illinois in United States of America, but in the scene where Henry disappears and after we see Clare cleaning up the plate he dropped, you see him crossing the street and there is a Canadian flag flying on top of a building in the background.


[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.

User Review

It's about life long metaphors, not the science.

Rating: 8/10

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.