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Frequency
Directed by Gregory Hoblit
Produced by Gregory Hoblit
Hawk Koch
Toby Emmerich
Bill Carraro
Written by Toby Emmerich
Starring Dennis Quaid
James Caviezel
Elizabeth Mitchell
Andre Braugher
Shawn Doyle
Music by Michael Kamen
Cinematography Alar Kivilo
Editing by David Rosenbloom
Distributed by New Line Cinema
Release date(s) Flag of the United States April 28, 2000
Flag of the United Kingdom June 16, 2000
Running time 118 min.
Country Flag of the United States United States
Language English
Budget US$31,000,000
Official website
Allmovie profile
IMDb profile

Frequency is a 2000 film, which contains elements of the time travel, thriller and alternate history film genres. It was directed by Gregory Hoblit and written by Toby Emmerich. The film stars Dennis Quaid and James Caviezel as father and son, Frank and John Sullivan respectively. It was filmed in Toronto and New York City. The film has similarities to the 1985 time travel film, Back to the Future, which shares several plot devices with Frequency.[1] The film gained mostly favorable reviews following its release and was released in DVD format on March 1, 2001.[2] Image File history File links Frequency_film. ... Gregory King Hoblit (born November 27, 1944 in Abilene, Texas) is a Hollywood film director. ... Gregory King Hoblit (born November 27, 1944 in Abilene, Texas) is a Hollywood film director. ... Howard Winchel Koch, Jr. ... Toby Emmerich is a film executive and screenwriter. ... Dennis William Quaid (born April 9, 1954) is an American actor. ... James Patrick Caviezel, Jr. ... For other persons named Elizabeth Mitchell, see Elizabeth Mitchell (disambiguation). ... Andre Braugher (born July 1, 1962) is a two-time Emmy Award-winning American actor. ... Doyle as Ronnie Lobell in 24. ... Michael Kamen (April 15, 1948 – November 18, 2003) was an American composer (especially of film scores), orchestral arranger, orchestral conductor, song writer, and session musician. ... New Line redirects here. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 118th day of the year (119th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 2000 in film involved some significant events. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom. ... is the 167th day of the year (168th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The year 2000 in film involved some significant events. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... The year 2000 in film involved some significant events. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... Poster for Back to the Future (1985). ... The thriller is a broad genre of literature, film, and television. ... Alternative history or alternate history can be: A History told from an alternative viewpoint, rather than from the view of imperialist, conqueror, or explorer. ... In film theory, genre refers to the primary method of film categorization. ... Gregory King Hoblit (born November 27, 1944 in Abilene, Texas) is a Hollywood film director. ... Toby Emmerich is a film executive and screenwriter. ... Dennis William Quaid (born April 9, 1954) is an American actor. ... James Patrick Caviezel, Jr. ... New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... // 3 December - Roger Moore steps down from the role of James Bond after twelve years and seven films. ... This article is about the first film in the Back to the Future trilogy. ... DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc - see Etymology) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ... is the 60th day of the year (61st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ...

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Production

The film was greenlit for production on January 21, 1999,[3] although the script had been around much longer. Sylvester Stallone was rumored to be taking the role of Frank Sullivan in 1997,[4] but fell out of the deal after a dispute over his wage.[5] His Cliffhanger director, Renny Harlin, was also rumoured to be director on the film.[4][5] Gregory Hoblit first read the script in November 1997, a year and six months after his own father's death. In a 2000 interview shortly after the American release of Frequency, he described the film as "high risk": the project had already been passed among several directors, including one of note who had twice the budget Hoblit was given.[6] In the same interview he described the difficulty he had finding the two leads. Hoblit realized he needed an "experienced actor" to portray Frank Sullivan, and thus settled on Dennis Quaid.[6] To greenlight a project, in the context of the movie business, is to formally approve production finance, thereby allowing the project to move forward from the development phase to pre-production and, barring disasters, principal photography. ... is the 21st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Events of 2008: (EMILY) Me Lesley and MIley are going to China! This article is about the year. ... Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone[1] (born July 6, 1946) is an American actor, director, producer and screenwriter. ... Cliffhanger is a 1993 action movie directed by Renny Harlin and starring Sylvester Stallone and John Lithgow. ... Renny Harlin (born Lauri Mauritz Harjola on March 15, 1959 in Riihimäki, Finland) is a film director and producer mostly known for action movies. ... Gregory King Hoblit (born November 27, 1944 in Abilene, Texas) is a Hollywood film director. ... Dennis William Quaid (born April 9, 1954) is an American actor. ...


Brian Greene, who served as the physics consultant on the film, appears in a featured television show in both 1969 and 1999.[7] Brian Greene (born February 9, 1963), is a theoretical physicist and one of the best-known string theorists. ...


Plot

The film is set in New York City during October of 1999. John Sullivan (Caviezel), a 36 year old homicide officer, is still traumatized over the death of his fireman father, Frank Sullivan (Quaid), thirty years ago. Living in the same house where he grew up, he discovers his father's ham radio following a breakup with his girlfriend and begins transmitting. Amateur radio station with modern solid-state transceiver featuring LCD and DSP capabilities Amateur radio, often called ham radio, is both a hobby and a service that uses various types of radio communications equipment to communicate with other radio amateurs for public service, recreation and self-training. ...

Frank communicating with his son, John, over ham radio.

Due to unusual aurora borealis activity, John discovers he has managed to make contact with his father exactly 30 years in the past shortly before the date of the warehouse fire that will kill Frank. John is able to warn his father of the fire that would have otherwise taken his life, and although Frank initially disbelieves that John is his future son, he heeds John's advice when he realizes that John accurately described the outcome of the Mets game prior to the 1969 World Series. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Aurora borealis Polar aurorae are optical phenomena characterized by colorful displays of light in the night sky. ... Major league affiliations National League (1962–present) East Division (1969–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 14, 37, 41, 42, Shea Name New York Mets (1962–present) Other nicknames The Amazin Mets, The Amazins, The Metropolitans, The Kings of Queens Ballpark Shea Stadium (1964-present) Polo Grounds (1962–1963) Major league... The 1969 World Series was played between the New York Mets and the Baltimore Orioles, with the Mets prevailing in 5 games to accomplish one of the greatest upsets in Series history, as that particular Orioles squad was (and still is by some baseball pundits) considered to be one of...


Having saved his father from the fire, John creates a new timeline, while paradoxically retaining his memory of the old. In this altered timeline, Frank instead dies of lung cancer due to his chain-smoking. Later that day, Frank gets John to contact him on the Ham Radio by writing "I'm Still Here Chief", which, like the cigarette burn, showed up on the desk. Then they talk for hours that night about Frank's future, baseball, and many other things. However, in the old timeline John's mother, Julia "Jules" Sullivan (Elizabeth Mitchell), leaves her job as a nurse at a hospital to attend to Frank's funeral arrangements. In the new timeline, she remains at work and is present to save the life of a man who is later revealed to be the "Nightingale killer". The "Nightingale killer", in the erased timeline, had killed only three nurses before his death; the corpse of one of the victims is not discovered until 1999. Having been saved from death, he goes on to kill a total of ten: his sixth victim will be the very woman who saved him, John's mother Julia. Lung cancer is a disease of uncontrolled cell growth in tissues of the lung. ... For other persons named Elizabeth Mitchell, see Elizabeth Mitchell (disambiguation). ... Embley Park, now a school, was the family home of Florence Nightingale. ...


Thus, using information from 1999 police files on the impending seven killings, John and Frank work together across the gap of time to stop the murderer in 1969 and save Julia in the process. Frank successfully averts the murder of the first expected victim, but when he tries to prevent the next, he is attacked by the killer in a nightclub bathroom and his driver's license is taken from his wallet. When he regains consciousness, Frank rushes to the woman's apartment only to find he is too late.

Jack Shepard, the "Nightingale killer".

Feeling defeated at first, John realizes the Nightingale killer's fingerprints are now on Frank's wallet. John tells his father to empty and hide that wallet in the house where it will remain untouched for 30 years. Once Frank accomplishes this, it suddenly appears in 1999 in the same spot. John takes the wallet to the crime lab and learns that the fingerprints belong to a now-retired detective named Jack Sheppard (Shawn Doyle). However, with his driver's license having been planted at the latest murder scene by the killer, Frank becomes a suspect of the murders and is taken in for questioning by his police detective friend (and John's later boss), Satch DeLeon (Andre Braugher). Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Doyle as Ronnie Lobell in 24. ... Andre Braugher (born July 1, 1962) is a two-time Emmy Award-winning American actor. ...


At the station, Frank is confronted by Sheppard, but Frank subdues him and escapes the station. Later searching for condemning evidence in Sheppard's apartment, Frank is caught in the act by Sheppard and chased to a stockyard. With Satch convinced of Frank's story by his accurate prediction of the outcome of the World Series (told to Frank by John over the radio), Satch discovers Sheppard's guilt and Frank is cleared of all suspicion after a fight in which Sheppard is presumed dead. However, John knows this cannot be true because his 1999 family photo still shows his mother absent: she was still murdered.


That night, while the two are talking on the radio, Sheppard suddenly breaks into the Sullivan household, both in 1969 and 1999. Just as Sheppard is strangling John in 1999, Frank gets a shotgun and blows off the killer's hand in 1969. He flees. In 1999, Sheppard's hand suddenly shrivels and vanishes before his eyes; the house suddenly changes as if someone else lived there. Out from the shadows comes the living Frank, now an old man, who shoots Sheppard again, killing him. Thus Frank neither died in the warehouse fire, nor from lung cancer, having quit smoking at his son's request. For other uses, see Shotgun (disambiguation). ...


The film concludes with a neighborhood baseball game in 1999. Frank and Julia are there, along with John, his wife (the girlfriend who had left him in the original timeline) and his son, Frank Junior.


Cast

Actor Role
James Caviezel John Sullivan
Dennis Quaid Frank Sullivan
Shawn Doyle Jack Shepard
Elizabeth Mitchell Julia 'Jules' Sullivan
Andre Braugher Satch DeLeon
Noah Emmerich Gordo Hersch

James Patrick Caviezel, Jr. ... Dennis William Quaid (born April 9, 1954) is an American actor. ... Doyle as Ronnie Lobell in 24. ... For other persons named Elizabeth Mitchell, see Elizabeth Mitchell (disambiguation). ... Andre Braugher (born July 1, 1962) is a two-time Emmy Award-winning American actor. ... Noah Nicholas Emmerich (born in February 27, 1965 in New York City) is an American film actor who first broke out in the cult hit Beautiful Girls. ...

Reception

Frequency received generally good reviews along with several mixed. It has a 71% Approval Rating (Fresh) from Rotten Tomatoes with the general consensus as "a tight blend of surprises and suspense [that] keeps audiences spellbound". Roger Ebert called the film's plot "contrived", yet gave the film a favourable review. He also pointed out similarities with the films The Sixth Sense and Ghost.[8] David Armstrong, of the San Francisco Chronicle, praised the moments in the film when John and Frank Sullivan talked to each other over the radio but criticised the "unintentionally funny climax". He also praised actor Shawn Doyle's performance as the Nightingale killer, calling him "convincingly creepy".[9] Todd McCarthy of Variety magazine said despite Dennis Quaid and James Caviezel's physical separation in the film, they formed a "palpable bond that [gave] the picture its tensile strength".[10] McCarthy noted the screenwriter, Toby Emmerich's, "bold leap into reconfiguring the past" created "agreeable surprises" and an "infinite number of possibilities" to the plot's direction. He added, however, that the serial killer subplot was "desperately familiar".[10] This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Roger Joseph Ebert (born June 18, 1942) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American film critic. ... For the ability sometimes referred to as sixth sense, see Extra-sensory perception. ... For other uses, see Ghost (disambiguation). ... Todays San Francisco Chronicle was founded in 1865 as The Daily Dramatic Chronicle by teenage brothers Charles de Young and Michael H. de Young. ... Variety is a daily newspaper for the entertainment industry. ... A subplot is a series of connected actions within a work of narrative that function separately from the main plot. ...


James Berardinelli gave the film two stars out of four, criticising the "coincidence-laden climax" but wrote that "poor writing [did] not demand subpar acting", praising Frequency's "few nice performances".[11] Gary Brown of the Houston Community Newspapers agreed, insisting the "ending prove[d] to be a major let-down".[1] Frequency made US$68,106,245 worldwide and was released in 2,631 theaters in the United States.[12] Frequency was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, but ultimately lost out to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. The film's ending song, "When You Come Back to Me", was nominated for a Golden Globe Award.[13] Written by Jenny Yates and Garth Brooks (performed only by Brooks), the song failed to win, losing out to "Things Have Changed" from Wonder Boys. James Berardinelli (born September 1967, New Brunswick, New Jersey) is an online film critic. ... The 2005 Hugo Award with base designed by Deb Kosiba. ... The Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation is one of the annual Hugo Award categories, presented by members of the World Science Fiction Convention. ... For other uses, see Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (disambiguation). ... The Golden Globe Award The Golden Globe Awards are American awards for motion pictures and television programs, given out each year during a formal dinner. ... Troyal Garth Brooks (born February 7, 1962) is an American Country Music artist. ... Things Have Changed is a song from the film Wonder Boys, written and sung by Bob Dylan. ... Wonder Boys is a 2000 film adaptation of the Michael Chabon novel of the same name. ...


References

  1. ^ a b Brown, Gary (2000). Frequency. Houston Community Newspapers. Retrieved on 2007-06-26.
  2. ^ Frequency - DVD Review. Total Film (2001-03). Retrieved on 2007-06-27.
  3. ^ Hoblit time-trips; old script scores for Iliff. Variety (magazine) (1999-01-21). Retrieved on 2007-06-26.
  4. ^ a b Sly eyeing New Line's 'Frequency'. Variety (magazine) (1997-06-06). Retrieved on 2007-06-27.
  5. ^ a b Busch, Anita M. (1997-06-27). INSIDE MOVES. Variety (magazine). Retrieved on 2007-07-13.
  6. ^ a b Sragow, Michael (2000-05-25). What's the "Frequency," Gregory?. Salon.com. Retrieved on 2007-06-27.
  7. ^ Info & Tidbits on Frequency. Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved on 2007-07-14.
  8. ^ Ebert, Roger (2000-04-28). Frequency (2000). Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved on 2007-06-27.
  9. ^ Armstrong, David (2000-04-28). Convoluted 'Frequency' in need of fine-tuning. San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved on 2007-06-27.
  10. ^ a b McCarthy, Todd (2000-04-17). Frequency. Variety (magazine). Retrieved on 2007-06-26.
  11. ^ Berardinelli, James (2000). Frequency. ReelViews. Retrieved on 2007-06-26.
  12. ^ Frequency (2000). Box Office Mojo. Retrieved on 2007-06-26.
  13. ^ The Golden Globe nominations. BBC News Online (2000-12-21). Retrieved on 2007-06-27.

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