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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, 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, a heroic firefighter. Ever since he was a kid, John dreamed of being able to stop the tragedy of that fateful day, which set into motion the anger and loneliness that have haunted his adult life as a cop in the 1990s. Now John may get exactly what he has wished for, and more than he bargained for. One day before the anniversary of his father's death, in the midst of the spectacular storm known as the aurora borealis, John Sullivan discovers in the house he inherited his father's old ham radio and begins to play with it. Through the electrical static, he finds himself talking to a man who claims to be a firefighter and who appears to be awaiting the World Series of 1969. Is John really talking to his own living father on the very same day, in the very same house, but exactly three decades ago? At first neither can believe it, but soon John is carrying on an all-night conversation with his young father, sharing for the first time his deep love and regret over his future death. Yet John realizes that now he may be able to change all that. By alerting Frank to the mistake that cost him his life the first time around, John saves his youthful father from dying in the Bruxton fire. On October 12, 1999, John Sullivan discovers that he now has photographs on his walls of his father as a gray-haired man. By changing the past, the Sullivans have forged a new present. John is ecstatic with his new memories of his father- until he discovers other things have been altered. Subtle changes caused by his father's survival have led to a string of unsolved serial homicides, including the grisly murder of John's mother. Now Frank and John must race against the clock-divided by three decades and connected only by a radio-to prevent a murder that will seal their destinies. And each time Frank changes something in his universe, John wakes up to a whole new reality.


Dennis Quaid
as Frank Sullivan
Shawn Doyle
as Jack Shepard
Andre Braugher
as Satch DeLeon
Elizabeth Mitchell
as Julia Sullivan
Noah Emmerich
as Gordo Hersch
Melissa Errico
as Samantha Thomas
Daniel Henson
as Johnny Sullivan (age 6)
Jordan Bridges
as Graham Gibson
Stephen Joffe
as Gordo Hersch (age 8)
Jack McCormack
as Commander O'Connell
Peter MacNeill
as Butch Foster
Jim Caviezel
as John Sullivan
Michael Cera
as Gordie Jr. (age 10)
Marin Hinkle
as Sissy Clark
Richard Sali
as Chuck Hayes
Nesbitt Blaisdell
as Fred Shepard
Joan Heney
as Laura Shepard
Jessica Kate Meyer
as Teenage Runaway
Kirsten Bishopric
as Carrie Reynolds
Rocco Sisto
as Daryl Adams
Rosemary DeAngelis
as Mrs. Finelli
Dick Cavett
as Himself
Brian Greene
as Himself
Melissa Fitzgerald
as Linda Hersch
John DiBenedetto
as Con Ed Supervisor
Terry Serpico
as Con Ed Worker No. 1
Brian Smyj
as Con Ed Worker No. 2
Nicole Brier
as Stoned Teenage Girl
Brantley Bush
as Young Intern
David Huband
as Lounge Bartender
Timothy Brown
as Roof Man Billy
Chuck Margiotta
as Pedestal Man Gino
Karen Glave
as Lanni DeLeon
Frank McAnulty
as Desk Sergeant
Derek Aasland
as Stoned Man No. 1
Jim McAleese
as Cozy Bartender
Catherine Burdon
as Young Woman No. 1
Jennifer Baxter
as Young Woman No. 2
Desmond Campbell
as Forensic Tech Hector
Danny Johnson
as Uniformed Cop No. 1
Colm Magner
as Uniformed Cop No. 2
Brigitte Kingsley
as Bar Waitress
Tucker Robin
as Frank Jr.
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Critic Reviews for Frequency

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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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