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Frequency (2000)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 28 April 2000 (USA)
An accidental cross-time radio link connects father and son across 30 years. The son tries to save his father's life, but then must fix the consequences.

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Johnny Sullivan (6 Years)
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A rare atmospheric phenomenon allows a New York City firefighter to communicate with his son 30 years in the future via HAM radio. The son uses this opportunity to warn the father of his impending death in a warehouse fire, and manages to save his life. However, what he does not realize is that changing history has triggered a new set of tragic events, including the murder of his mother. The two men must now work together, 30 years apart, to find the murderer before he strikes so that they can change history--again. Written by <jgp3553@excite.com>

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A son's only hope to stop a murder is the father who's been dead for 30 years. See more »


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Rated PG-13 for intense violence and disturbing images | See all certifications »

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$31,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,025,584, 30 April 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$45,010,278

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$68,106,245
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Other strange 9-11 trivia: Besides the coincidence of the Sullivan home house number being the number of NYFD lost, two of the doomed flight numbers appear. Frank's fire truck is (United) 93 and his son Johnny wears a jersey with the number (American) 77. See more »

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When John is talking to Frank in the past (1969) he refers to the murderer as being a "Serial" as in Serial Killer. Frank immediately understands what a "Serial" is but the term Serial Killer was not used until the 1970s. The term (serial killer) is widely believed to have been coined either by FBI agent Robert Ressler or by Dr. Robert D. Keppel. See more »

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John Sullivan: So, that's it, Samantha?, You're just walking out?
Samantha Thomas: l have been walking out for six months, John. You just didn't notice or care.
John Sullivan: You're right, we should have quit a long time ago. l am sorry, l know it's my fault, l can't change, Sam. l wish l could, but l can't.
Samantha Thomas: No, John, it's that you won't change, and that's what hurts so much. Goodbye, Chief.
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References Logan's Run (1976) See more »

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Sea of Love
Written by Phil Phillips (as Philip Baptiste) and George Khoury
Performed by Phil Phillips and the Twilights
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
Under license from Universal Music Enterprises
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A complex, thought provoking thriller that is well acted and directed. ***1/2 out of ****.
25 May 2000 | by See all my reviews

FREQUENCY / (2000) ***1/2

It' 1999. Jim Caviezel stars as John Sullivan, a detective whose life is falling apart. Recently, he has split up from his girlfriend, he and his police partner Satch (Andre Braugher), are unable to solve a serial murder case that has been reopened due to the discovery of skeletal remains of a past victim. The thirty year anniversary of the death of his firefighter father (Dennis Quaid), is also approaching. John is beginning to sink in a pit of despair.

One night John stumbles upon his dad's old ham radio. He makes an effort to get the machine to power up once again. When he does and begins conversations with another operator, however, he realizes the person he is communicating with is his long dead father. Somehow, due to the presence of the Northern Lights, John is able to transmit back in time to 1969 and literally alter the course of his existence.

The concept of time traveling communication may seem far-fetched to some, and "Frequency" is a little hard to grasp at times, especially when the film never directly explains why the father and son are able to talk with each other through time. Notwithstanding, the production works as a science fiction thriller with supernatural overtones. While the filmmakers do succeed in convincingly constructing "Frequency," most audiences might have to leave logic at the theater entrance before viewing it.

"Frequency" is a well-structured motion picture; the movie is focused throughout. Although its story changes pace at different periods, for the most part the audience can follow along with the characters. This is a movie with a complicated and challenging story. Because of the film's complexity, we are enormously involved, if slightly confused. Screenwriter Tobias Emmerich links original and fresh feeling material here. Gregory Hoblit produces the right amount of action and suspense, combined with gentle emotions, to generate a film we have not seen before.

Dennis Quaid and James Caviezel are the perfect choices for the principal characters. Quaid performs with intriguing tension and appropriate receptivity. Caviezel dazzles with intricacy and dexterity. Offering refined supporting roles are Andre Braugher ("City of Angels", "Get on the Bus") and Noah Emmerich ("The Truman Show") who furnishes some light-hearted material as John's best friend.

Director Gregory Hoblit ("Fallen," "Primal Fear") clearly executes topics on screen. This film is overflowing with ideas and contains enough plot for a television series. However, "Frequency" is not without flaws. Sullivan's chaotic life is only vaguely portrayed. Although we do care for the character, more development would increase the relationship between the audience and he. Some of the make-up effects depicting age differences were disgraceful. Andre Braugher appeared as if his make up artists were straight out of junior high, slapping too much pancake cream plaster on him. The film's contrived climax concludes with a formalistic fight instead of continuing its battle of wits.

Despite a few unacceptable external problems, internally this is a very effective production. As a whole, "Frequency" contains a very encompassing story and places interesting characters in engaging circumstances. The movie is definitely worthy of recognition, but do not view it unless you plan on thoroughly discussing it afterwards.


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