Frequency (film)

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German title Frequency
Original title Frequency
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 2000
length 118 minutes
Age rating FSK 12
Director Gregory Hoblit
script Toby Emmerich
production Bill Carraro ,
Toby Emmerich,
Gregory Hoblit,
Hawk Koch
music Garth Brooks ,
Michael Kamen
camera Alar Kivilo
cut David Rosenbloom

Frequency is an American science fiction - drama from the year 2000 in which a policeman obtained by unusual circumstances the possibility via ham radio to contact his deceased father decades ago in contact. Dennis Quaid and James Caviezel played the main roles . The film opened in German cinemas on August 24, 2000.


1st timeline

The bitter New York police officer John Sullivan has just broken up with his great love Samantha. On TV, new theses on the curvature of space-time (due to mass, radiation or pressure), different dimensions, timelines and parallel worlds are reported. At the same time, unusually strong solar storms in the northern hemisphere of the earth cause northern lights to light up in the sky at night . John uses his father's old radio to contact a stranger. Some conversations lead to the conclusion that John's interlocutor lives in the past, 30 years back. It becomes clear that the interlocutor is John's father Frank. Frank was a firefighter and died in a rescue operation when John was a young child.

2nd timeline

The son's tips help the firefighter avoid the fatal accident. Every year Frank's friends and John use the moment of the accident to sit together and commemorate himself. But on the 30th anniversary, the overlapping of the different times takes place exactly in this minute of silence, which is shown in a special way: The son's eye is shown as it rotates around its own axis. The other life that John is now allowed to experience together with his parents takes place in front of his eyes like a new film. He now has memories of both parents - although John's father has since died of lung cancer.

After Frank and John influenced the past, John's mother Julia is killed by a serial killer in the new era. He would have died of the wrong medication in the hospital where John's mother works if Frank had not survived. In the now influenced past, John's mother saves the serial killer by preventing the wrong medication - in the 1st timeline she would have been at work at the funeral of her deceased husband in the cemetery and not in the hospital. Father and son now go in search of the murderer. Frank hides his wallet - which has the murderer's fingerprints on it - and John brings them back out of their decade-long hiding place during his time. With the latest technical possibilities, he can identify the fingerprints as those of the police officer Jack Shepard. In the past, so Shepard can be asked; he is believed dead after a scuffle with Frank. In the present, however, Shepard is now after John, now that his secret threatens to be revealed. He also appears surprisingly in the past, handcuffs Frank, wants to kill his wife and still takes the then little John hostage. A fight ensues in which the fighting noises from the other time can be heard over the radio. Frank frees himself in the past, takes a rifle and shoots a hand off the murderer. Also in the present this hand disappears, which prevents Shepard from killing John. Frank, who is thirty years older than him, appears in the present and shoots the Shepard threatening his son. With the words “I'm still here, Chief!” He falls into John's arms. Frank survived the warehouse fire in 1969, but died 20 years later (in the second present-day scenario) of lung cancer. John warns him from the future to quit smoking. This explains why he suddenly appeared from the background in 1999, so he was still alive.

3rd timeline

In the third timeline, which has now been completely re-created, everything is different again: John grew up protected by his father and mother, is cheerful and is now the father of a son himself. His great love Samantha, whom he had just split up with in the original timeline, is already expecting his second child. His best friend took a tip sent from the future and made a fortune with Yahoo shares. Everyone ends up happily at a baseball game, and John remembers his happy youth by his parents' side.


  • Most critics criticize the "unscientific" script, which is inherent in time travel films and therefore not unusual. The basic father-son plot, the actors and the effective direction, on the other hand, are usually rated positively.
  • James Berardinelli criticized ReelViews that the plot was not particularly scientifically constructed and the film "offended" his intelligence. He praised the performances by Dennis Quaid and James Caviezel.



  • W2QYV , the Sullivan's callsign in the film, actually belongs to the Niagara Radio Club in Lewiston, New York .
  • The amateur radio used in the film is a Heathkit SB-301 (receiver).
  • As anti telephone called theoretical apparatus actually allow telephony in the past.
  • The scientist seen in the background on TV (1969 and 1999) is the string theorist Prof. Brian Greene.
  • The series Frequency , which is loosely based on the film, was broadcast from 2016 to 2017 .

Individual evidence

  1. Roger Ebert in the Chicago Sun Times .
  2. Chrisopf Huber in ( Memento of the original from September 28, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot / archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. .
  3. Film review by James Berardinelli

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