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Frequency (2000)

PG-13 | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 28 April 2000 (USA)
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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.

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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 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 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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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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All of the World Series facts were true in this film. The Mets' Cleon Jones really did get hit on the shoe with a pitched ball. At first the umpire didn't award him first base, but when Mets manager Gil Hodges showed him the shoe polish on the ball, the umpire changed his call and awarded him first base. It became known as the "Shoe Polish Incident". See more »

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Young John Sullivan is right handed when he plays catch with his father. Old John Sullivan is later seen writing with his left hand. It's not unheard of for people to use a different hand for writing and throwing. See more »

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John: I want you to remember this word, okay? It's kind of like a code word: Yahoo. Can you remember that?
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When You Come Back to Me
Written by Jenny Yates and Garth Brooks
Performed by Garth Brooks
Produced by Allen Reynolds
Garth Brooks appears courtesy of Capitol Records
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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.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frequency 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

Gross USA:

$45,010,278

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$68,106,245
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New Line Cinema See more »
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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