Historical information played a role in the movie “Frequency,” which also tied in the sport of baseball. For instance, how’s this for interesting promotion of the film? On April 25, 2000, the New York Mets and Cincinnati Reds donned their 1969 uniforms during game play to call attention to the movie. In this article, you will also learn which actor required 16 stitches during the making of the movie and interesting director details.
Dennis Quaid was injured during the production of the film. He was administered 16 stitches right above his hairline after being injured during a stunt that called for him to slide down construction funnels during the scene involving the warehouse fire.
The call-sign used on Frank Sullivan’s ham radio is W2QYV, which really belongs to the Niagara Radio Club in Lewiston, NY.
The physics consultant for the film (Brian Greene) appeared in the early part of the film , playing himself. He was being interviewed by Dick Cavett. Two scenes were used in the movie. The first depicted old footage of Cavett interviewing Greene in 1969. The second scene shows an interview in 1999 with contemporary footage of the two men.
The warehouse fire scene used real firefighters, except for actors Dennis Quaid, Peter MacNeill, and Jordan Bridges.
Taglines used to market this film include: “What would you do if you could change the past?,” “What If?,” “What If You Could Reach Back In Time? What If You Could Change The Past?,” “What If It Changed Everything?,” “The Future Is Listening,” “A son’s only hope to stop a murder is the father who’s been dead for 30 years,” and “What if you could talk to someone you love… who has been dead for 30 years?”
Interestingly, in 1997, Renny Harlin (who directed “Die Hard 2” and “Nightmare on Elm Street 4”) was planning on directing the movie with Sylvester Stallone playing the lead role, but Stallone demanded a higher salary. In the end, Stallone nor Harlin had a hand in making the movie.
If you plan on watching “Frequency,” plan to set aside 118 minutes of your time.
The director of the movie was Gregory Hoblit, who has won 9 Primetime Emmys and has directed Bruce Willis in “Hart’s War (2002) and Diane Lane in “Untraceable” (2008).
The film highlights a handful of World Series facts, which are all true. Cleon Jone from the Mets really did get hit on the shoe with a pitched ball. At first, the umpire refused to award him first base but after Gil Hodges (the manager for the Mets) pointed out the shoe polish on the ball, the umpire changed his call and awarded him first base. In the end, people referred to the call as the “Shoe Polish Incident.”