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Frequency

2000, Fantasy, 1h 57m

127 Reviews 100,000+ Ratings

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What if you had the chance to travel back in time and change just one event in your life? What would it be? For John Sullivan (Jim Caviezel), there is no question. He would undo the events of October 12, 1969, when the out-of-control Bruxton fire took the life of his father (Dennis Quaid), a heroic firefighter. Now John may get exactly what he wished for -- and much more than he bargained for.

Cast & Crew

Dennis Quaid
Frank Sullivan
Jim Caviezel
John Sullivan
Andre Braugher
Satch DeLeon
Elizabeth Mitchell
Julia Sullivan
Noah Emmerich
Gordo Hersch
Shawn Doyle
Jack Shepard
Jordan Bridges
Graham Gibson
Melissa Errico
Samantha Thomas
Daniel Henson
Johnny Sullivan (6 Years)
Frank McAnulty
Desk Sergeant
Stephen Joffe
Gordo Hersch (8 Years)
Michael Cera
Gordie Jr. (10 Years)
Janis Rothbard Chaskin
Co-Executive Producer
Patricia Graf
Associate Producer
Hawk Koch
Producer
Richard Saperstein
Executive Producer
Robert Shaye
Executive Producer
Michael Kamen
Original Music
J. Peter Robinson
Original Music
Alar Kivilo
Cinematographer
Paul Eads
Production Design
John Kasarda
Art Director
Beth Kushnick
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Critic Reviews for Frequency

Audience Reviews for Frequency

  • Oct 28, 2018
    It's one thing to have to temporarily suspend disbelief of the supernatural, and to play along with arbitrary rules governing those phenomena. But it's quite another to have those rules non-uniformly applied. Fun concepdespite the imperfect execution and logical holes.
    Ed K Super Reviewer
  • Oct 07, 2011
    Intense, touching, heart warming, thrilling. It keeps me going, there were no moments of boredom. A must see science fiction that is more complex than you think!!!!
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jan 31, 2011
    It's funny how revisiting a movie can drag you back to the time and place where you first saw it. <I>Frequency</I>, for me, vividly conjures up Sydney, Australia, in the year 2000. In all honesty, not the best of times nor the best of places for me, which perhaps explains why I have such a soft spot for the film; it offered a couple of hours of pure, unadulterated escapism when there wasn't much going around. Okay, it's too sentimental by half and derivative in the extreme, but there are a couple of ingenious little twists along the way and, considering they necessarily share hardly any time on screen together, the supernatural relationship Jim Caviezel forges with Dennis Quaid (the father he lost thirty years before - don't ask!) is genuinely affecting. The plot is surprisingly intricate, so don't make the same mistake I did first time around of thinking you can watch this on autopilot or you could find yourself struggling to keep up. Although somewhat spoiled by a choppily confusing climax and nauseatingly sweet final montage, for most of its running time this works like a charm.
    Stephen M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 21, 2010
    Frequency is one of director Gregory Hoblit's very best films, starring Jim Caviezel and Dennis Quaid, this film has a very interesting and unique plot. The main discovers an old radio, and starts to play with it, then theres his dads voice receiving at the other end. The only thing is, is that his father is dead. Main character John Sullivan is able to talk to his dad from the past via the radio, the voice at the other end is his dad living in 1969, thus the radio is some kind of transmitter that Sullivan can use to time travel, and talk. Using the radio, John manages to warn of his dads impending death, but with everything he tries to fix from his broken past, theres consequences in the future, so John and his dad try to fix and alter the past to fix the future. Using the whole Ham radio idea as some kind of time travel device was pretty original, and the whole film for me anyways was a very interesting concept. I thought that Frequency was a well crafted film with a terrific story and great acting from Caviezel and Quaid. The film is an overall mix of drama, suspense and mystery. This is a well written film, and I strongly believe that this film is yet another example of why Gregory Hoblit is a terrific director. Yet he doesn't get the attention he deserves. Frequency is a definite must see film, and the plot is so original that you can forgive the plot holes. This is terrific entertainment and a very original story about a son and a father getting a second chance by fixing the past. I didn't think that this film would be that great, I was pleasantly surprised and it exceeded my expectations. Every director in their careers make one incredible film that defines everything that they've done, in the case of Gregory Hoblit it's Frequency. Frequency is his finest film and is a very solid piece of film making.
    Alex r Super Reviewer

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