Time at the Top

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Time at the Top
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GenreFamily/Science Fiction/Comedy
Based ona novel by Edward Ormondroyd
Written by Linda Brookover
Alain Silver
Directed by Jimmy Kaufman
Starring Timothy Busfield
Elisha Cuthbert
Theme music composerSimon Carpenter
Country of originUnited States/Canada
Original languageEnglish
Executive producers Alain Silver
Jon Turtle born 08.08.1963
Producers Claudio Castravelli
Jean Guy Despres
Cinematography François Protat
Running time96 minutes
Original network The Movie Channel
Hallmark Movie Channel
Original releaseJanuary 17, 1999 (1999-01-17)

Time at the Top, is a 1999 cable television film for Showtime that was directed by Jimmy Kaufman and written by Linda Brookover and Alain Silver based on the book by Edward Ormondroyd. It stars Elisha Cuthbert, Timothy Busfield, and Lynne Adams.



Susan Shawson (Elisha Cuthbert), a 13-year old high-school, inadvertently travels back in time in her apartment building's elevator. As altered by Dr. Reynolds (Michael Sinelnikoff), a retired physicist living upstairs, this secret time machine transports Susan from New York of 1998 back to exactly the same spot in 1881. There she meets Victoria Walker (Gabrielle Boni), a girl her age in need of assistance with her own family problems, most notably a schemer named Cyrus Sweeney (Jean LeClerc) trying to take advantage of her widowed mother Nora (Lynne Adams).

When she returns to the present, Susan discovers that her widower father Frank (Timothy Busfield) has been frantically searching for her, assisted by neighbor Edward Ormondroyd (Richard Jutras) and local police detective Gagin (Charles Edwin Powell). Gradually discovering the power of time travel, Susan, Victoria, and her young brother Robert (Matthew Harbour), travel back and forth in time and succeed in changing both the past and the future.



Time at the Top was part of Showtime's reported commitment to "producing original family-oriented films" in 1998–99, [1] as part of their "Original Pictures for All Ages" franchise. The script, written by Linda Brookover and Alain Silver, was based on a novel by Edward Ormondroyd. [2]


Los Angeles Times critic Don Heckman reviewed the film as "predictable" and a "bit heavy-handed at times", with a "slogging sort of pace", though Heckman praised Cuthbert's performance as Susan as "skillfully portrayed". [2]


Time at the Top was awarded the Certificate of Merit as a Finalist in the Houston World Film Festival and also The Film Advisory Board's Award of Excellence. [3] It was in competition at the Cairo International Film Festival and Falstaff International Film Festival and also screened at the Festival of Festivals, Saint Petersburg

Home media

Showtime licensed video rights for Time at the Top to Square Dog Pictures, a subsidiary [4] [5] of Blockbuster Video, which printed hundreds of VHS copies in order to fill enough shelves at Blockbuster Video locations to make a given title as if it were a major release.

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  1. Richard Katz (June 24, 1998). "Focus on the family". Variety. Retrieved 2018-04-07.
  2. 1 2 Don Heckman (January 16, 1999). "Plodding Pace, Predictable Plot Encumber Trip Through 'Time'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2018-04-07.
  3. http://www.filmadvisoryboard.com/aoe/Detail.php?id=100
  4. "Square Dog Pictures" . Retrieved 2020-07-29.
  5. "DEJ Productions" . Retrieved 2020-07-29.