Where Do They Start? 1980, where Richard Collier (Christopher Reeve) becomes obsessed with a photo of actress Elise McKenna (Jane Seymour).Where Do They End Up? 1912, when the photo was taken.Biggest Culture Clash. Richard buys a vintage suit which he thinks will help him blend in, which proves to be out of date by 1912 fashion.Unresolved Paradox. Richards romance starts when the elderly Elise gives him a pocket watch. Trouble is, she only has it because he gave it to her younger self.