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Frequency (2000)

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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.

Director:

Gregory Hoblit

Writer:

Toby Emmerich
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Quaid ... Frank Sullivan
Jim Caviezel ... John Sullivan
Shawn Doyle ... Jack Shepard
Elizabeth Mitchell ... Julia Sullivan
Andre Braugher ... Satch DeLeon
Noah Emmerich ... Gordo Hersch
Melissa Errico ... Samantha Thomas
Daniel Henson Daniel Henson ... Johnny Sullivan (6 Years)
Jordan Bridges ... Graham Gibson
Stephen Joffe ... Gordo Hersch (8 Years)
Jack McCormack Jack McCormack ... Commander Butch O'Connell
Peter MacNeill ... Butch Foster
Michael Cera ... Gordy Jr. (10 Years)
Marin Hinkle ... Sissy Clark
Richard Sali Richard Sali ... Chuck Hayes
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Storyline

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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What if you could talk to someone you love... who has been dead for 30 years? See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

New Line | Official Facebook

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Prava frekvencija See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$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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New Line Cinema See more »
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During the scene when Dennis Quaid's character climbs out of the water after thinking he killed the Nightingale murderer, there is a boat with an Evinrude outboard motor. The motor is a 1999 model, but this scene in the movie takes place in 1969. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 5 mins) When 'Future John' comes up with a new suspect for the killings, Darryl, he shows his picture to Satch in the yearbook. The opposite page has writing on it. However, when shown again minutes later, the photo of 'Darryl' is opposite a page of photos of students. See more »

Quotes

John Sullivan: I may not know who he is, but I know where he's gonna be and how he's gonna get there.
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References Sea of Love (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

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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Unique and interesting premise
18 April 2000 | by rickwieseSee all my reviews

This unique and interesting film is actually more of a suspense thriller than a science fiction, although I think fans of both genres will be pleased.

Dennis Quaid plays a heroic firefighter who was killed trying to rescue a runaway from a burning warehouse during the days of the Amazing Mets' World Series victory in October 1969. Jim Caviezel ("The Thin Red Line") plays his son, now a cop, thirty years later. Through some quirk of physics involving abnormal solar activity and the Aurora Borealis, the two make contact with each other across the 30-year span over a ham radio. The son is able to prevent his father's death, but changing the past also turns out to have unexpected consequences with which the two must deal.

The film really works on all levels with good action sequences and suspense, a nice dose of humor and some very touching exchanges between father and son. It explores the "what if" scenario of one's being presented with the opportunity to change an event in the past and the way in which those affected must deal with the consequences in a very intelligent and thought-provoking manner.

The acting is uniformly strong, with Quaid very appealing as the courageous firefighter and loving father who has an almost-childlike love for baseball (he even pulls off a Brooklyn accent nicely!); Caviezel is equally good as the present day version of Quaid's character's son. Caviezel brings a subtle sadness to the character, a quality one might expect from someone whose life hasn't quite worked out quite as well as it might have, possibly due to a void created by the absence of his father. One of the strongest aspects of Caviezel's performance was a subtle shift in personality following the changing of events in the past (a change which left him with memories both of his father's death and of time spent with his father in the intervening years).

I have a good feeling about this film and think it has a chance to be a real surprise hit. It's certainly one of the best films of the year thus far.


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