Frequency

Frequency

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Director: Gregory Hoblit

Cast: Dennis Quaid, James Caviezel, Andre Braugher

     
 

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Known more for his dark, psychological crime thrillers Primal Fear (1996) and Fallen (1998), director Gregory Hoblit surprisingly created this Frank Capra-meets-Rod Serling-style fantasy that mixes several genres of storytelling into a likable stew. James Caviezel stars as John Sullivan, a New York police detective who has never recovered from the deathSee more details below

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Known more for his dark, psychological crime thrillers Primal Fear (1996) and Fallen (1998), director Gregory Hoblit surprisingly created this Frank Capra-meets-Rod Serling-style fantasy that mixes several genres of storytelling into a likable stew. James Caviezel stars as John Sullivan, a New York police detective who has never recovered from the death of his father Frank (Dennis Quaid), a firefighter who died heroically when John was a boy. Experimenting with his dad's beloved ham radio one summer night, extreme sunspot activity allows John to contact Frank 30 years in the past. Since he's able to warn Frank away from danger, his father's death never occurs. Then the unthinkable happens: John's altered future is one in which his mother Julia (Elizabeth Mitchell) has been murdered by a serial killer. Now John in the present and Frank in the past must try to solve the riddle of the killer's identity and change the time line again. Frequency was written by Toby Emmerich, the brother of actor Noah Emmerich, who appears in a supporting role created specifically for him.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Patricia Kim O'Cone
With a nod to movies past, Frequency synthesizes style and fright to create a thriller for the ages. A freak occurrence in the aurora borealis rewrites the future for John Sullivan (James Caviezel), a policeman still recovering from the death of his father (Dennis Quaid), a heroic fireman, 30 year earlier. Using his father's old ham radio one night, John connects with a strangely familiar man -- eerily, but unmistakably, his father. This fantastic connection inadvertently alters past, present, and future for both of them, as father and son must reunite to stop a serial killer who has targeted John's mother. Quaid brings his usual charm to the fatherly role, and Caviezel, best remembered for his breakout role in The Thin Red Line, makes a great, moody foil. Screenwriter Toby Emmerich's script is tight and multilayered, allowing director Gregory Hoblit to successfully revisit the psychological terror he mastered in Fallen and Primal Fear. With great ease, Hoblit juggles an amalgam of genres -- thriller, science fiction, and family drama -- recalling the uncanny fantasy of The Twilight Zone and Field of Dreams as much as the suspense of Backdraft and The Fugitive.
All Movie Guide
Frequency is sometimes referred to as a "tearjerker for men," since it deals movingly with the bonds between a father (Dennis Quaid) and son (Jim Caviezel). But a more complimentary gauge of its power is to compare it to Back to the Future. That's because both films require a major suspension of disbelief for the viewer to swallow the otherwise preposterous time travel conundrums at their core. Once the viewer accepts the framework -- that a rift in the space-time continuum could allow Caviezel to talk to his dead father, 30 years in the past, over ham radio waves -- the enjoyment that follows is pure and unfettered, because the movie stays true to the rules it establishes. Both leads turn in earnest, energetic performances, and the script doesn't fail them. It's the small elements of a cleverly devised time-twister story that really resonate. For example, in one memorable scene, Quaid hides a key piece of evidence that may help his son solve a murder in the floorboards of the house where Caviezel still lives. "Moments later," Caviezel digs it up, covered with dust and cobwebs. Sports fans and New Yorkers will appreciate the nostalgic 1969 the film conjures, when everyone in the borough of Queens was electrified by the "Amazin'" Mets and their appearance in the World Series. It's a tall task to ask any film to duplicate the sublime experience of Back to the Future, but the fact that this is even in the ballpark, so to speak, is a real testament.

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Product Details

Release Date:
07/10/2012
UPC:
0794043156175
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Warner Home Video
Time:
1:58:00
Sales rank:
27,139

Special Features

Commentary by director Gregory Hoblit; Commentary by writer/producer Toby Emmerich and actor Noah Emmerich; The science & technology behind frequency; 4 animated solar galleries; Music-only track with commentary by composer Michael Kamen; Deleted scenes; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dennis Quaid Frank Sullivan
James Caviezel John Sullivan
Andre Braugher Satch DeLeon
Elizabeth Mitchell Julia Sullivan
Noah Emmerich Gordon Hersch
Shawn Doyle Jack Shepard
Jordan Bridges Graham Gibson
Melissa Errico Samantha Thomas
Daniel Henson Johnny Sullivan (6 years)

Technical Credits
Gregory Hoblit Director,Producer
Rob Albertell Asst. Director
Jeffrey Steven Authors Asst. Director
Elisabetta Beraldo Costumes/Costume Designer
Steve Boeddeker Sound/Sound Designer
Bill Carraro Producer
Dennis Davenport Art Director
Paul Bryan Eads Production Designer
Toby Emmerich Producer,Screenwriter
Douglas Ganton Sound/Sound Designer
Patricia Graf Associate Producer
Michael Kamen Score Composer
John Kasarda Art Director
Alar Kivilo Cinematographer
Howard W. Koch Producer
Howard W. Koch Producer
Beth Kushnick Set Decoration/Design
Amanda Mackey-Johnson Casting
David Rosenbloom Editor
James J. Sabat Sound/Sound Designer
Cathy Sandrich Casting
Richard Saperstein Executive Producer
Robert Shaye Executive Producer
Gordon Sim Set Decoration/Design

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