April 28th, 2000



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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.

Release Year: 2000

Rating: 7.3/10 (46,839 voted)

Critic's Score: 67/100

Director: Gregory Hoblit

Stars: Dennis Quaid, Jim Caviezel, Shawn Doyle

A rare atmospheric phenomenon allows a New York City firefighter to communicate with his son 30 years in the future via short-wave 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.

Dennis Quaid - Frank Sullivan
Jim Caviezel - John Sullivan
Shawn Doyle - Jack Shepard
Elizabeth Mitchell - Julia 'Jules' Sullivan
Andre Braugher - Satch DeLeon
Noah Emmerich - Gordo Hersch
Melissa Errico - Samantha Thomas
Daniel Henson - Johnny Sullivan (6 Years)
Jordan Bridges - Graham 'Gib' Gibson
Stephen Joffe - Gordo Hersch (8 Years)
Jack McCormack - Commander Butch O'Connell
Peter MacNeill - Butch Foster
Michael Cera - Gordy Jr. (10 Years)
Marin Hinkle - Sissy Clark
Richard Sali - Chuck Hayes

Taglines: What would you do if you could change the past?


Official Website: New Line |

Release Date: 28 April 2000

Filming Locations: New York City, New York, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $9,025,584 (USA) (30 April 2000) (2621 Screens)

Gross: $68,106,245 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Cameo: [Brian Greene] the film's physics consultant appears early in the movie as himself, being interviewed by Dick Cavett. There are two scenes; one with old footage of Dick Cavett interviewing Brian Greene in 1969, then a scene with an interview in 1999 with contemporary footage of Dick Cavett and an "aged" Brian Greene.

Factual errors: When the father went into Sissy Clark's room, there's a single record playing. A skip between grooves on a 45 RPM record would be less than 1.5 seconds. But the loop was 2 or 3 seconds.

John Sullivan: You changed your mo cause if they knew your mother was a nightingale, they would'a looked at the family. They would'a looked at you.
Jack Shepard: What are you lookin at?
John Sullivan: Stealin your life away.

User Review

A movie that strikes deep and stays with you

Rating: 10/10

Changing the past to affect the future may not be a new concept in film, but "Frequency" handles it deftly and with heart. The acting is superb, and as far as I can tell the plot is nearly airtight. It keeps you on your toes as the story twists in what feels like six directions at once and keeps you in emotional sync with the characters. The past/present connections are stirring and intriguing, especially the single-flash cuts at pivotal moments. This is one of the few movies about which I can honestly say, "I laughed, I cried, I was scared stupid." Truly the only good movie so far this year.


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