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Norman's Awesome Experience (1988)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Sci-Fi | September 1989 (Canada)
A scientist, a model and a photographer, by accident; are sent back in time to ancient Switzerland during the reign of the Roman Emperor Nero, being captured by the Gallic Arverni.


Paul Donovan


Paul Donovan


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom McCamus ... Norman
Laurie Paton ... Erica
Jacques Lussier ... Umberto
David Hemblen ... Septimus Fabius
Lee Broker Lee Broker ... Marcus Titanus
Marcos Woinsky ... Serpicus
Gabriela Salos Gabriela Salos ... Felix
Brian Downey ... Dr. Nobbelmeyer
Armando Capo ... Blacksmith (as Armand Capo)
Enrique Latorre Enrique Latorre ... Emperor Nero
Jorge Luis Estrella Jorge Luis Estrella ... High Priest
Jacques Arndt ... Administrator
Theodore McNabney Theodore McNabney ... Chief Scientist
Bill Carr ... Gatekeeper
Carlos Weber Carlos Weber ... Staffmember


An American scientist, a fashion model, and her photographer are accidentally transported back in time to the 1st Century A.D. in Roman Switzerland and are taken in by a small village of the Arverni, who they persuade to fight against the Roman legions under the ruthless Emperor Nero. Written by Anonymous

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Norman thought the 20th Century was bad. But now, he's got a date with the Roman Empire.


Comedy | Sci-Fi





USA | Canada | Argentina


English | Latin

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September 1989 (Canada) See more »

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Several scenes in the beginning of the movie were shot in and around CERN, the European Laboratory for particle physics. This includes scenes in the UA1 experimental hall, where the W and Z particles were discovered, for which the 1984 Nobel Prize in physics had been awarded. See more »


References Roger Ramjet (1965) See more »

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Better than you'd think from the title
24 August 2001 | by sorceror171See all my reviews

Contrary to what you might think, this *isn't* a knock-off of "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure". Sources differ on the exact release dates, but it was at the very least in production before B&T came out. The plot is quite different (except for the bare fact that time travel happens) and it's pretty clear it was retitled to cash in on the more successful movie's reputation.

It's not a particularly great movie, but it doesn't aim to be Shakespeare. Aside from the time travel itself, what happens is technically feasible, and the story points out the realistic difficulties even a knowledgeable modern person would have just surviving in, much less changing, the past.

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