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Frequency -- 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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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Dennis Quaid ... Frank Sullivan

Jim Caviezel ... John Sullivan

Shawn Doyle ... Jack Shepard

Elizabeth Mitchell ... Julia 'Jules' Sullivan

Andre Braugher ... Satch DeLeon

Noah Emmerich ... Gordo Hersch

Melissa Errico ... Samantha Thomas
Daniel Henson ... Johnny Sullivan (6 Years)

Jordan Bridges ... Graham 'Gib' Gibson

Stephen Joffe ... Gordo Hersch (8 Years)
Jack McCormack ... Commander Butch O'Connell

Peter MacNeill ... Butch Foster

Michael Cera ... Gordy Jr. (10 Years)

Marin Hinkle ... Sissy Clark
Richard Sali ... Chuck Hayes

Nesbitt Blaisdell ... Fred Shepard
Joan Heney ... Laura Shepard
Jessica Meyer ... Teenage Runaway
Kirsten Bishop ... Carrie Reynolds (as Kirsten Bishopric)

Rocco Sisto ... Daryl Simpson
Rosemary De Angelis ... Mrs. Finelli

Dick Cavett ... Himself
Brian Greene ... Himself

Melissa Fitzgerald ... Linda Hersch
John Di Benedetto ... Con Ed Supervisor

Terry Serpico ... Con Ed Worker #1
Nicole Brier ... Stoned Teenage Girl
Brantley Bush ... Young Intern
David Huband ... Lounge Bartender
Timothy Brown ... Roof Man Billy
Chuck Margiotta ... Pedestal Man Gino

Karen Glave ... Lanni DeLeon
Frank McAnulty ... Desk Sergeant
Derek Aasland ... Stoned Man #1

Jim McAleese ... Cozy Bartender

Catherine Burdon ... Young Woman #1

Jennifer Baxter ... Young Woman #2

Desmond Campbell ... Forensic Tech Hector

Danny Johnson ... Uniformed Cop #1
Colm Magner ... Uniformed Cop #2

Brigitte Kingsley ... Bar Waitress

Tucker Robin ... Frank Jr.
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Barney Cheng ... Barney the Delivery Man (uncredited)
Curt Gowdy ... 1969 World Series Announcer (archive sound) (uncredited)
Cleon Jones ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Robert Nicotra ... Softball Player (uncredited)

Richard Nixon ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Brian Smyj ... Con Ed Worker #2 (uncredited)
Nancy E.L. Ward ... Nosey Neighbour (uncredited)
Al Weis ... Himself - 1969 New York Met (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Gregory Hoblit 
Writing credits
Toby Emmerich (written by)

Produced by
Bill Carraro .... producer
Janis Rothbard Chaskin .... co-executive producer (as Janis Chaskin)
Toby Emmerich .... producer
Patricia Graf .... associate producer
Gregory Hoblit .... producer
Hawk Koch .... producer
Richard Saperstein .... executive producer
Robert Shaye .... executive producer
Original Music by
Michael Kamen 
Cinematography by
Alar Kivilo 
Film Editing by
David Rosenbloom 
Casting by
Amanda Mackey Johnson 
Cathy Sandrich 
Production Design by
Paul Eads 
Art Direction by
Dennis Davenport 
John Kasarda 
Mindy Roffman 
Set Decoration by
Beth Kushnick 
Gordon Sim 
Costume Design by
Elisabetta Beraldo 
Makeup Department
Derek Becker .... special makeup effects artist
Michelle Bruno .... makeup artist: New York
John Caglione Jr. .... special makeup department head
Verne Caruso .... hair stylist
Leslie Fuller .... makeup artist: New York
Donald Mowat .... key makeup artist (as Donald J. Mowat)
Bill Myer .... special makeup effects artist
Jennifer Bower O'Halloran .... hair department head
Edelgard K. Pfluegl .... makeup artist
Mark Schmidt .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Bill Carraro .... unit production manager
David Crockett .... production supervisor: New York, Los Angeles and Toronto
Mathew Hart .... production manager
Rick Reynolds .... post-production supervisor
Dana Robin .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert C. Albertell .... first assistant director: New York (as Rob Albertell)
Jeff J.J. Authors .... first assistant director (as Jeffrey Steven Authors)
Darrin Brown .... third assistant director
Anne Carroll .... DGA trainee: New York
Greg Hale .... second assistant director: New York (as Gregory G. Hale)
Sarah Jarvis .... trainee assistant director
Rick Kush .... second assistant director
Janet Zdyb .... third assistant director
Art Department
Joseph Alfieri .... construction coordinator: New York
Ann Marie Auricchio .... scenic artist
Stephen Barth .... scenic artist
Deryck Blake .... assistant property master
Cameron S. Brooke .... key scenic artist
Robert C. Brooke .... lead scenic artist
Jim Chad .... art department production assistant
Kirk Cheney .... construction coordinator
Nigel Churcher .... assistant art director
Justin Corbett .... construction grip
J.P. Dame .... set dresser
Dawn H. Fisher .... art department apprentice
Alexander Galant .... assistant props
Christopher Geggie .... property master
Beth Gilinsky .... construction office coordinator
Ron Hobbs .... storyboard artist (as Ronald Hobbs)
Timothy Joliat .... on-set dresser: New York
Warren Jorgensen .... camera scenic
Nora Kasarda .... assistant art department coordinator: New York
Elis Lam .... set designer
David Maltese .... set dresser
Aleksandra Marinkovich .... art department apprentice
Kay Michaels .... art department coordinator: New York
Neil Morfitt .... first assistant art director
Lisa Nilsson .... assistant set decorator: New York
H. Nancy Pak .... assistant art director
Victor 'Chikko' Quon .... assistant head painter
Dave Rosa .... head painter
Jonathan Savan .... leadman
Michael Shocrylas .... first assistant art director
Michael Shocrylas .... set designer
Keith Sly .... set decoration leadman
Robert S. Smith .... carpenter
John Sweeney .... property master
Irapaul Turner .... construction shop manager
Ross La Terra .... set dresser (uncredited)
Michael Marcel .... set dresser: New York (uncredited)
Peter Regnier .... set dresser (uncredited)
Douglas Slater .... third assistant art director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jessica Bellfort .... supervising assistant sound editor
Tom Bellfort .... supervising sound editor
Steve Boeddeker .... sound designer
Lindakay Brown .... dialogue editor
Frank Catalano .... adr artist
David Diamond .... boom operator: second unit
Tony Eckert .... foley mixer
Teresa Eckton .... sound effects editor
Douglas Ganton .... production sound mixer
Andrea Gard .... assistant sound designer
Andrea Gard .... assistant sound editor
Andrea Gard .... sound effects assistant
Claire Graybill .... dialogue editor
Bobby Johanson .... adr recorder
Bruce Lacey .... foley editor
Roger Morris .... adr mixer
Cheryl Nardi .... assistant dialogue editor
Cheryl Nardi .... assistant sound editor
Gary Rizzo .... sound re-recording mixer
Steve Romanko .... sound
Ronald G. Roumas .... sound re-recordist
James J. Sabat Jr. .... sound recordist
James Sabat .... production sound mixer: New York
Christopher Scarabosio .... sound effects editor
Jurgen Scharpf .... sound mix technician
Michael Semanick .... sound re-recording mixer
Greg Steele .... adr mixer
Ron Stermac .... cable person
Gary Summers .... sound re-recording mixer
Dennie Thorpe .... foley artist
Tami Treadwell .... adr recordist
Jana Vance .... foley artist
Karen G. Wilson .... foley editor (as Karen Wilson)
Gwendolyn Yates Whittle .... adr supervisor
Gabriel Guy .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
Brian Magerkurth .... machine room operator (uncredited)
Christopher Scarabosio .... sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Jason Board .... additional special effects
Jason Board .... special effects supervisor
Godin Brothers .... additional special effects
Wilfred Caban .... special effects foreman: New York
Carmen Campolo .... special effects: New York (as Carmen M. Campolo Jr.)
Daniel Gibson .... additional special effects (as Daniel S. Gibson)
Nick Houghton .... special effects
Steven Kirshoff .... special effects coordinator: New York (as Steve Kirshoff)
David Kleinstein .... special effects
Gary Kleinsteuber .... additional special effects
Kaz Kobielski .... head of special effects
Fred Kraemer .... special effects: New York (as Fred Kraemer Jr.)
Arthur Langevin .... additional special effects
Arthur Langevin .... special effects: pyrotechnics
Brad Larkin .... special effects technician
Martin Malivoire .... special effects supervisor
Jim McGillivary .... special effects rigging
Ray McMillan .... front projection
Troy Rundle .... special effects 1st
Robert J. Scupp .... special effects: New York
Peter Sissakis .... additional special effects
Dean Stewart .... special effects office admistrator
Andrew Mortelliti .... special effects (uncredited)
John Stifanich .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Mike Borrett .... motion control operator
Dawn Bowery .... Inferno compositor
Amy Christensen .... 3D tracking (as Amy Christiensen)
Daniel Aristoteles Collins .... systems/operations: Rhythm & Hues
Rafael Colon .... digital compositor
John D.B. Cox .... motion control operator
Brian Dowrick .... CG animator
Anders Ericson .... digital effects animator
Meg Freeman .... 3D painter
Douglas Harsch .... digital effects animator
Geoffrey Harvey .... 3D digital artist: Rhythm & Hues Studio (as Geoff Harvey)
Phil Holland .... scanning & recording operator
Sean Hyunin Lee .... digital compositor: Rhythm & Hues
Nancy Klimley .... modeler (as Nancy J. Klimley)
Wilmer Lin .... 3D tracker
Joe Mancewicz .... character rigging
Joel Merritt .... 3D tracker
Zeke Morales .... visual effects editor: Rhythm & Hues
Eileen Moran .... visual effects producer
Alicia G. Powers .... visual effects coordinator
David Santiago .... digital effects animator
David Santiago .... effects technical director
Bradley Sick .... modeler (as Brad Sick)
Roberto Smith .... animator
Scotty Townsend .... digital effects animator (as Scott Townsend)
Carlo Volpati .... digital effects animator
Bill Westenhofer .... visual effects supervisor
Jonathan Wood .... digital lighting
Serkan Zelzele .... compositor
Scot Byrd .... publicist: Rhythm & Hues (uncredited)
Brandon Craig .... render supervisor (uncredited)
Jack Holland .... art department assistant: Rhythm & Hues (uncredited)
Kevin Tengan .... systems administrator (uncredited)
G.A. Aguilar .... stunt coordinator
Victor Chan .... stunts
Bob Colletti .... stunts
Blaise Corrigan .... stunts
Douglas Crosby .... assistant stunt coordinator
Peter Epstein .... stunts
Stephanie Finochio .... utility stunts
Jeffrey Lee Gibson .... stunts (as Jeff Gibson)
Brian Jagersky .... stunts
Jamie Jones .... stunts
Riley Jones .... stunt double
Riley Jones .... stunts
Steve Lucescu .... stunt coordinator: Canada
Darren McGuire .... stunts
Duncan McLeod .... stunts
Carl Paoli .... stunt double
George A. Sack Jr. .... stunt driver
Brian Smyj .... stunts
John Stead .... stunt performer
Mary Ann Stevens .... stunts
Len Wagner .... stunts
Wayne Wells .... stunt rigger
Beau Holden .... stunts precision driver (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jared Abrams .... assistant camera
Victor Aguirre .... still photographer
Peter Battistone .... assistant camera
Nicolas L. Charuet .... grip
Phil Cohen .... first assistant camera: New York
Angelo Colavecchia .... camera operator
Howard Davidson .... grip: New York
Jerry DeBlau .... gaffer: New York
William Engel .... grip
Kris Enos .... second assistant camera: New York
Candide Franklyn .... camera operator
Tim Guffin .... loader
Craig Haagensen .... camera operator: second unit
Jendra Jarnagin .... additional electrician
Nils Johnson .... key video assist operator
Billy Kerwick .... key rigging grip: New York
Mike Kirilenko .... key grip
Scott Maguire .... assistant camera: New York
Sal Martorano .... gaffer: second unit
Kevin McKenna .... video assist
Robert McRae .... gaffer
Charles Meere III .... rigging best boy: new york
Kevin Neshevich .... assistant camera
David Niven .... b-camera
David Norris .... camera operator: Wescam camera
Nate Ranger .... assistant camera
Douglas G. Reid .... best boy electric
Ron Renzetti .... dolly grip
Brent Robinson .... underwater first assistant camera
James Scutakes .... grip
Takashi Seida .... still photographer
Lee Vickery .... additional camera loader
Jasper Vrakking .... 24 frame video operator
Rudolf Mammitzsch .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Casting Department
Robin D. Cook .... casting: Canada
Mercedes Kelso .... casting associate (as Mercedes Danforth)
Elizabeth Lang .... casting associate
Valerie McCaffrey .... executive in charge of casting
Jane Rogers .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Cori Burchell .... costume supervisor
Barrett Hong .... wardrobe supervisor: New York
Windy Kerwin .... assistant wardrobe
Loreen Lightfoot .... costume cutter/stitcher
Susan MacLeod .... wardrobe set supervisor
Donna Maloney .... costume supervisor: New York
Monica Russell .... set costumer
Andre Schulz .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Matt Boatright-Simon .... editorial assistant
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
Russell Langille .... first assistant editor: film
Jim Passon .... color timer
Gregory Plotkin .... first assistant editor
Brigitte Rabazo .... assistant editor: Toronto (as Brigitte Rabazo Lopez)
Richmond Riedel .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
James Seymour Brett .... music assistant (as James Brett)
Christopher Brooks .... music producer
Robert Elhai .... orchestrator (as Bob Elhai)
Robert Fernandez .... scoring mixer
Joel Franklin .... music preparation
Joel Iwataki .... music recordist
Michael Kamen .... conductor
Michael Kamen .... music producer
Michael Kamen .... orchestrator
Tom Kramer .... music editor
Stephen McLaughlin .... music mixer
Blake Neely .... orchestrator
Michael Price .... music assistant
J. Peter Robinson .... composer: additional music (opening rescue sequence)
John Rodd .... orchestral scoring recordist
Jonathan Sacks .... orchestrator
Dennis Sager .... scoring engineer
James Thatcher .... musician: french horn
Peter Tomashek .... orchestrator
Brad Warnaar .... orchestrator
Paul Wertheimer .... score recordist
Randy Kerber .... additional orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Ron Annabelle .... driver
Robert Buckman .... driver
Blaise Corrigan .... driver: forklift
Douglas Crosby .... truck driver
Michael Papa .... driver: New York
George A. Sack .... driver: gas truck (as George Sack Jr.)
Dave Staples .... transportation coordinator
Mitchel Stewart .... driver captain
Other crew
Jeffrey Angel .... assistant location manager: New York
Samantha Armstrong .... script supervisor
John 'Frenchie' Berger .... armorer
Brian H. Berkowitz .... office production assistant, New York
Jeremy Bradley .... production assistant
Steve Brandes .... photo double
Steve Brandes .... stand-in
Belinda Carlisle .... photo double
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot
Johnny Egan .... production assistant
Maggie Engelhardt .... production secretary
Joe Everett .... unit publicist
Kimberly N. Fajen .... production coordinator: New York
Rich Fellegara .... set medic: New York
Frequency .... dailies supervisor
Justin Godell .... production assistant
Andrea H. Greaney .... payroll accountant
Lori Greenberg .... production coordinator
Brian Greene .... technical consultant: physics
Melissa Hall .... assistant production coordinator
Beau Holden .... assistant: Dennis Quaid
Ira Hurvitz .... script supervisor: reshoots
Sam Hutchins .... location manager: New York
Dianne Irving .... office production assistant
Heather Jennings .... assistant: Mr. Koch
Fred Kamping .... location manager
John Kirby .... acting coach: Mr. Caviezel
Michael Kohne .... key aerial rigger
Rose Lister .... first assistant accountant
Lilene Mansell .... dialect coach
Andrew Matthews .... financial consutlant
Kati Meister .... research coordinator
Louise Muskala .... assistant: Mr. Hoblit
Brian M. O'Neill .... location assistant: New York
Caleb Omens .... production assistant
Wayne Petrucelli .... security coordinator: New York
Devjani Raha .... production secretary
Tina Reynolds .... assistant: Mr. Carraro
Vernon Rodriquez .... assistant parking coordinator
Christopher Rose .... daily locations production assistant
Amy Russell .... clearance
Pasia Schonberg .... research coordinator
Heather Shaw .... production accountant: Canada
Dave Ian Smith .... fire safety officer
Ethan Smith .... location assistant: New York
Alan Sutton .... fire protection & safety
Carla Swanson .... title designer
Eurydice Tampol .... assistant: Mr. Emmerich
Jodie Trzaska .... production assistant (as Josephine Trzaska)
Bill Vibert .... photo double
Bill Vibert .... stand-in
Rose Viggiano .... location assistant
Cassidy Watkins .... assistant: Mr. Caviezel
Adam T. Weisinger .... production assistant
Zane .... post-production accountant
Ronald C. Briggs Jr. .... inventory services (uncredited)
Steven T. Duke .... location assistant (uncredited)

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Rated PG-13 for intense violence and disturbing images
118 min
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Cameo: [Brian Greene]the film's physics consultant appears early in the movie as himself, being interviewed by Dick Cavett. There are two scenes; one with old footage of Cavett interviewing Greene in 1969, then a scene with an interview in 1999 with contemporary footage of Cavett and an "aged" Greene.See more »
Anachronisms: The 1969 shack displays several QSL cards, including one for N1KB. The 1 x 2 N-prefix series of call signs was not used until 1976.See more »
John Sullivan:You on the job?
Jack Shepard:Long time ago. Do I know you?
John Sullivan:Do I look familiar?
Jack Shepard:No. What house you work?
John Sullivan:7-4 homicide.
Jack Shepard:Hot shot.
John Sullivan:No, just working the job. As a matter of fact, I caught a case that goes back to your day. One of the Nightingale murders.
Jack Shepard:No kidding.
John Sullivan:No. Missing teenager, disappeared back in '68. Found her bones last week buried out by some old diner by Dyckman Street. Mary Finelli. Yeah, talk about dumb luck. The odds of anyone finding that 30 years later and the chance of hitting a dental? Forget about it. The best part is, she's the first victim. She knew the killer, so I bet those old bones are gonna do a lot of talking. Not for nothing, the past is a funny thing. We all have skeletons in the closet, we just don't know when they're gonna pop up and bite us in the ass. Huh, Jack? You changed your MO, 'cause if they knew your mother was the Nightingale, they would have looked at the family. They would have looked at you.
Jack Shepard:What are you looking at?
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55 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
the characters make the difference in surprising "Frequency", 1 May 2000
Author: UnclePaul from Seattle

Several films have deal with changing the past and the ensuing effects on the future. "Back to the Future", "Timecop", and "The Final Countdown" come immediately to mind. Director Gregory Hoblit (his "Fallen" (1998)and "Primal Fear" (1996) were both excellent) explores that theme again in "Frequency". But writer Toby Emmerich (in his first writing credit), puts a different spin on the theme. In most 'changing the past' films, a character goes back in time. In "Frequency", one main character lives in 1999 while another lives in 1969--and you see the actions in 1969 immediately affecting 1999. Sounds confusing, huh? Well, it is. But it works.

The movie opens with the introduction of the Sullivan family. Frank (Dennis Quaid) is a heroic New York firefighter, and escapes a harrowing situation to return home to his wife and his 6-year-old son John. It's an exciting time in New York, as the 'Miracle Mets' have made the World Series. Frank is a ham radio user, and a strange disturbance in the sky (solar flares, I believe. I never took astronomy) in the sky has really increased the range of his radio. "I'm reaching people I've never reached before", he says. Flash forward to 1999, when young John has grown up into a 36-year-old NY homicide detective (James Caviezel) with relational problems (and possibly a drinking problem as well). We learn his father died several years earlier in a warehouse fire, and it's obvious that John has never really gotten over it. He ends up setting up the old ham radio (did I mention that the solar flares are back?), and contacts a fellow New Yorker named Frank. It certainly won't ruin any big surprise when I tell you that it's his father Frank--in 1969. After recovering from his astonishment and convincing his father who he really is (his knowledge of the 1969 World Series proves quite helpful), they begin a series of nightly conversations. Unfortunately, their conversations change the past--and the future--in very dangerous ways. A serial killer who should only have 3 victims suddenly has more, and John must use his knowledge of the crimes (30 years old to him) to guide his dad in a 1969 pursuit of the killer. And the chase is on. Will they stop the killer? Will the solar flares last long enough for them to finish their plan? Will anyone in 1999 or 1969 believe them?

That lengthy 'plot summary' really didn't ruin any of the suspense--or come close to explaining the whole story. So, it goes without saying that the story is pretty convoluted and involved. But it's not hard to follow, and the movie grabbed me and kept me interested throughout. Granted, you will need to use a serious amount of 'suspension of disbelief'. If you get hung up on "there's no way they could be talking to each other" or "changes in the past wouldn't immediately appear in the future--they would have already happened and would have been there all along", you'll do 2 things: (1) you'll give yourself a headache, and (2) you'll miss out on a very entertaining film. The reason I gave this more stars than last week's "U-571"? I cared about the characters, and I found "Frequency" much more entertaining. Also, the story was quite original--with great use of the Miracle Mets and the 1969 World Series throughout.

Speaking of the characters--Quaid and Caviezel both do great work. Their conversations via radio are very touching and authentic (once you accept the general premise, of course). Although Quaid is a 'movie star', don't let that fool you--he's a very good (and probably underrated) actor. Just watch him as Doc Holliday in "Wyatt Earp" (1994), Remy McSwain in "The Big Easy" (1987), or Gordo Cooper in "The Right Stuff" (1983) if you don't believe me. And Caviezel's a real up-and-comer (1998's "The Thin Red Line"). He does a great job as a grieving son who is reunited (in a way) with his father, but watches his joy dissipate in the face of the mess he's created. He also believably portrays a character who has memories of the way things were, but is now bombarded with 'new' memories of the way things have become. The other characters are definitely secondary, but Elizabeth Mitchell as wife/mom Julia, and Andre Braugher (TV's "Homicide", 1998's "City of Angels", and 1989's "Glory") as Frank's policeman friend Satch are both solid.

This film has some decent action/suspense scenes, and 1999 John's radio conversation with his buddy Gordo (in 1969) is very funny. There have certainly been better action/suspense/serial killer movies (the action scenes weren't amazing, the story has some holes, and I thought the ending was a little cheesy), but the heart of the film is the relationship between Frank and John. I bought into that relationship fully, and that's why I liked this film as much as I did. And that's why I definitely recommend seeing "Frequency".

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