Frequency

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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 ...
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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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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.
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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: 4/3/2001
  • UPC: 794043505737
  • Original Release: 2000
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  • Source: New Line Home Video
  • Format: VHS

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 Jr. 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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A weak premise, but still a good film

    This is a very emotional film that deals with my favorite theory about filmmaking, “What if…?” What if an atmospheric phenomenon pushes the Aurora Borealis down from Alaska right over NYC in 1969 and thirty years later the same phenomenon occurs again? What would happen? Well in this case an NYC Firefighter Frank Sullivan (Dennis Quaid) is able to communicate with his son John Sullivan (Jim Caviezel) in 1999, while he is watching the “Amazing Mets” play in the 1969 World Series by way of a HAM radio set. John thinks it is a joke as his father has been dead for thirty years and Frank thinks the guy is a nutcase and breaks off contact with him. When the strange occurrence stirs memories within John, he tries to get his Dad back to tell him how to avoid the accident that kills him. Frank listens and pays heed and does avoid the accident, but there are dire consequences for their toying with time. Those consequences also wreak havoc on John’s life in the future as he is an NYC Homicide Detective investigating a number of murders dubbed “The Nightingale Murders” and are linked to a case that began when his Dad was still alive. This is one of those rare films that actually works better on a weak premise. Obviously no one thinks something like this could be possible, but the idea of a second chance I think appeals to everyone. It is quite a tearjerker too, especially the happy-sappy ending.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Frequency

    This movie is really great. It's mysterious, dramatic, and exciting...a big rush! You need to see it. It's also emotional and somewhat mind-boggling. It can be a little hard to follow, but I love it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Frequency

    This is a great movie. It's suspenseful, and it makes you think.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent movie--the best!

    This movie is now my all time favorite. The story is really about is the need for a son who loved his father to have him to love and guide him through his life. It is about how people, parents, can affect our lives, and how losing them can keep us longing for them years later ( in the case of the son in this movie, 30 years). See the movie -- I haven't seen a movie that touched me this way in a long time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 14, 2010

    One of my All Time Favorites !!!

    I enjoy this movie every time I watch it. A sweet little movie that the whole family can be touched by and feel good afterwards. Love the Garth Brooks song. It sounds like it was written expressly for the movie. I catch it whenever its on. So glad that so many others feel the same way!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Awesome Purchase!

    I bought this for my mom's birthday and she absolutely loved it! Great movie and great customer service when I bought it as well!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazin' Movie

    I am picky with many movies, but I can honestly say that from the first few seconds of Frequency to the last, I was hooked! This is one of those priceless movies that isn't a classic, but that you can repeatedly watch, remaining just as addicted as you were on that first night! It is now my favorite movie of all time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good Movie

    I didn't think I would enjoy this movie because I thought it would be too far out but it was really great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Definitely needs a soundtrack

    Frequency kept me on the edge of my seat. This has got to be one of the best written movies that I have ever seen. This is one movie I will watch over and over. There should be a soundtrack CD available

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great movie but it really needs a sountrack to go with it.

    I loved the movie. It really made me think a lot and stirred up many different emotions. It really does need a sountrack. After all what is a movie without the music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful

    I found this to be an incredibly beautiful, tear jerking, thought provoking movie - something to behold with your entire family. I normally hate baseball, and I hate sci fi, yet I somehow loved this movie. I could watch it again and again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best movie ever made

    This was the best movie made. I loved it. I think that it had a great story line. It may have not been realistic, but it kept you on the edge of your seat the whole time. It had a happy ending. It didn't leave you feeling depressed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Movie and Music Perfect Together

    This was an interesting movie with a twist. It started and then there was the end. So watch it twice or three times to enjoy. Dennis Quaid is charming as ever. By the way a soundtrack would be great so lets work on it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Thriller

    This one is a great one that slipped through the cracks. It makes you wonder could this really happen, and if it did what would you do. I agree with reveiwer from sept WHERE IS THE SOUNDTRACK!!! But I did find the Garth Brooks song its on his new cd Scarecrow.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome - but where's the soundtrack

    This movie was so intense. Although, completely unrealistic, it had you at the edge of your seat the whole time wondering. I loved it and watched it more than a dozen times. It still makes me say, what if? Anyway, I do have a complaint - where is the soundtrack? I loved the song at the end by Garth Brooks, but can't find it anywhere. Any answers?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Totally Edge of your seat!

    This movie was awesome!! I can't believe that it didn't get as much attention as it did. I know several people who pretty much hate most movies, but they loved this. Everyone that I have talked to that has seen it loved it. I'm about to purchase this on DVD, for this is one I'll tell all my friends about!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great movie!

    why did this movie not get rave reviews when released?! this is a really fascinating, edge-of-your-seat movie - - great acting, plot, everything!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2001

    Great movie

    This movie was excellent - great story (new, not the same old plotlines revisted), great characters, great suspense. I have watched hundreds of movies, and still had no idea how it was going to end. Definitely recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Two Thumbs Up Says Ike and Kris

    On a lark, my fiancee and I rented this movie because the one that we wanted at the video store was sold out. I couldn't believe what an outstanding movie this was! Both of us were completely riveted: what a great sci-fi thriller! I thought that Jim Cazaviel was great as ''Lil Chief'' and was that part written for Dennis Quaid or what? The acting was superb, the script was well written . . . this was definitely one of the best movies we saw this year. Too bad it was such a sleeper; they ought to re-release this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A truly outstanding sleeper!!

    Why Frequency didn't get more attention that it did, I haven't got a clue... This movie is excellent in every way. The script, the directing, the acting all conjure up for a great nail biting thriller with plenty of twists and a tinge of emotional backing from Field Of Dreams and Backdraft. Yes, it can be hard to conceive the story at first - so pay close attention! I loved the way the characters and the subtleties of the family were brought to the screen... I thought this was a perfect role for Quaid. And while it does evoke an emotional ending, it's not nagging on your heart strings all the way through... It also contains some good funny moments too. Yahoooooo. =) A well recommended feel good movie. Great for when you get lost in the day-2-day, and you're trying to figure which way is up... The DVD packs excellent bonuses with deleted scenes, scientific theories and audio commentary. The music of Michael Kamen and Garth Brooks is great 2.. What more can I say - Stop reading and go buy it! =)

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