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Six Degrees of Separation -- When compassionate Manhattan art dealers Stockard Channing and Donald Sutherland take in a young man (Will Smith) who has been stabbed in Central Park, their world turns amusingly upside down.
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Writers (WGA):
John Guare (play)
John Guare (screenplay)
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Release Date:
8 December 1993 (USA) See more »
For Paul, every person is a new door to a new world.
An affluent New York couple find their lives touched, intruded upon, and compelled by a mysterious young black man who is never quite who he says he is. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Absorbing script and performances See more (98 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Stockard Channing ... Ouisa

Will Smith ... Paul

Donald Sutherland ... Flan

Ian McKellen ... Geoffrey

Mary Beth Hurt ... Kitty

Bruce Davison ... Larkin

Richard Masur ... Dr. Fine

Anthony Michael Hall ... Trent

Heather Graham ... Elizabeth

Eric Thal ... Rick

Anthony Rapp ... Ben

Osgood Perkins ... Woody

Catherine Kellner ... Tess

J.J. Abrams ... Doug (as Jeffrey Abrams)
Joe Pentangelo ... Police Officer
Lou Milione ... Hustler

Brooke Hayward ... Connie (as Brooke Hayward Duchin)
Peter Duchin ... Sandy
Sam Stoneburner ... Carter
Maeve McGuire ... Polly

Kelly Bishop ... Adele

John Cunningham ... John
Vasek Simek ... Frank the Doorman

Chuck Close ... Andy
Kazuko ... Jeannie
Adèle Chatfield-Taylor ... Paula (as Adele Chatfield-Taylor)
Maggie Burke ... Loft Party Guest
Edmund Genest ... Loft Party Guest
Michael Stanley Kirby ... Loft Party Guest

David Callegati ... Art Dealer

Daniel von Bargen ... Detective (as Daniel Von Bargen)

John Rowe ... Usher
Elizabeth Rossa ... Bride

Diane Hartford ... Julia
Frank O'Brien ... Eddie
Ann McDonough ... Teacher
José Rabelo ... Elevator Man #2

Todd Alcott ... Concert Goer
Joanna Noble ... Concert Goer
Miriam Fond ... Nurse

Annie Meisels ... Doug's Girl
Mitch Kolpan ... Policeman
Michele Greco ... Workman
Tony Zazula ... Rainbow Room Captain
Arthur McGill ... Hansom Cab Driver
Susan Tabor ... Posh Couple
Paul Schmidt ... Posh Couple
Carolyn Groves ... Cocktail Party Guest

Jeannine Moore ... Cocktail Party Guest
Tim Saunders ... Cocktail Party Guest
David Tice ... Cocktail Party Guest
Redman Maxfield ... Fred
Margaret Eginton ... Mary
Margaret Thomson ... Grandmother at Baptism
Vince O'Brien ... Grandfather at Baptism
Anne Swift ... Guest at Baptism

Richmond Hoxie ... Guest at Baptism

Kitty Carlisle ... Mrs. Bannister (as Kitty Carlisle Hart)

Madhur Jaffrey ... Guest of Honor
Arthur Brooks ... Mrs. Bannister's Guest
Jacqueline Bertrand ... Mrs. Bannister's Guest
Lisa Crosby ... Mrs. Bannister's Guest

Nancy Duerr ... Mrs. Bannister's Guest
Brian McConnachie ... Mrs. Bannister's Guest
Angela Thornton ... Mrs. Bannister's Guest
Robert Trumbull ... Mrs. Bannister's Guest
Richard Whiting ... Mrs. Bannister's Guest

Cleo King ... Lieutenant Price
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Hélène Cardona ... Cocktail Party Guest (uncredited)

Andrea Conte ... NY Theatre Woman #1 (uncredited)

Beatrice de Borg ... Ballroom Dancer (uncredited)

Garlan Green ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Corin Grimm ... Extra (uncredited)
Mary Ann Hannon ... University Professor (uncredited)
Johnnyangel ... Pedestrian (uncredited)

Doris McCarthy ... Cocktail Party Guest (uncredited)
Ronald Rand ... Head Waiter (uncredited)
Jill Tompkins ... Woman in Airport (uncredited)

Directed by
Fred Schepisi 
Writing credits
John Guare (play)

John Guare (screenplay)

Produced by
Ric Kidney .... executive producer
Arnon Milchan .... producer
Fred Schepisi .... producer
Mary Pat Walsh .... associate producer
Original Music by
Jerry Goldsmith 
Cinematography by
Ian Baker (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Peter Honess 
Casting by
Ellen Chenoweth 
Production Design by
Patrizia von Brandenstein 
Art Direction by
Dennis Bradford 
Set Decoration by
Gretchen Rau 
Costume Design by
Judianna Makovsky 
Makeup Department
Angel De Angelis .... key hair stylist
Naomi Donne .... makeup designer
Bruno Pattini .... hair designer: Mr. Sutherland
Linda Kay Rendina .... additional makeup artist
Production Management
Chris Brigham .... unit production manager
Felicity Nove .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William M. Connor .... second second assistant director (as Bill Connor)
Donald J. Lee Jr. .... second assistant director
Amy Sayres .... first assistant director
Art Department
Michael L. Benson .... set dresser
Nancy Boytos-Amanuel .... set dresser
David Bromberg .... key construction grip
Ed Check .... assistant art director
June DeCamp .... scenic artist
John R. Ford .... assistant property master
Charlotte Garnell-Scheide .... assistant set decorator
Peter Gelfman .... leadman
Robert Griffon Jr. .... property master (as Bob Griffon)
Peter Hackman .... camera scenic artist (as Peter G. Hackman)
Jessica Lanier .... assistant set decorator
Dan Mahoney .... construction grip
John McDonnell .... additional property
Maria Nay .... art department coordinator
Rudy Pelikan .... key shop craftsman (as Rudolph Pelikan)
Jon Ringbom .... master scenic artist
Raymond M. Samitz .... construction coordinator (as Ray Samitz)
Stephen Shapiro .... shop craftsman (as Steve Shapiro)
Scott Yurko .... scenic shop person
Byron K. Lovelace .... set dresser (uncredited)
Timothy Main .... carpenter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Peter Burgess .... supervising sound editor
Steve Burgess .... foley artist
Jeanine Chiavlo .... adr editor (as Jeanine Chialvo)
Cindy Clarkson .... second assistant sound editor
Bill Daly .... sound mixer
Peter Fenton .... sound re-recording mixer
Keith Gardner .... boom operator
Stephen Kent .... assistant sound editor
Gerard Long .... foley artist
Glenn Newnham .... sound effects editor
Martin Oswin .... sound re-recording mixer
Paul Pirola .... assistant sound mixer
Penn Robinson .... adr editor
Terry Rodman .... supervising adr editor
Livia Ruzic .... dialogue editor
Steve Scanlon .... sound utility
Special Effects by
Dwight Rolle .... special effects assistant (as Dwight Robinson)
Camera and Electrical Department
Myles Aronowitz .... still photographer
A. Anthony Cappello .... second assistant camera (as Anthony Cappello)
Ken Connors .... best boy electric (as Ken Conners)
Russell Engels .... chief lighting technician
Bill Gerardo .... second assistant camera (as William Gerardo)
Vinnie Gerardo .... first assistant camera (as Vincent Gerardo)
Craig Haagensen .... camera operator
Jeff Hand .... first assistant camera
Sal Lanza .... grip
Edward W. Lowry .... dolly grip (as Ed Lowry)
Martin Lowry .... grip
Anastas N. Michos .... Steadicam operator
Richard C. Montgomery Jr. .... grip (as Richard Montgomery Jr.)
John Panuccio .... best boy grip (as Jack Panuccio)
Tom Prate .... key grip
Kyle Rudolph .... Steadicam operator
Casting Department
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Jill Greenberg Sands .... casting associate
Meredith Tucker .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sarah Edwards .... assistant costume designer
Jane E. Myers .... wardrobe supervisor (as Jane Myers)
Ingrid Price .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Gary Burritt .... negative cutter
John Hill .... second assistant editor
Keith Parrish .... color timer
Mitchel Stanley .... assistant editor
Ron Vignone .... second assistant editor
Kate Williams .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Sharal Churchill .... music consultant
Jerry Goldsmith .... conductor
Robin Gray .... scoring engineer
Kenneth Hall .... music editor
Steven L. Smith .... music preparation
Transportation Department
Jim Buckman .... transportation driver (as James Buckman)
Richard Clark .... transportation driver (as Rick Clark)
Robert Featherstone .... transportation driver
Edward Iacobelli .... transportation captain (as Eddie Iacobelli)
Lawrence Treacy .... transportation driver
James P. Whalen Sr. .... transportation co-captain
Other crew
Tamara Bally .... production accountant
Jeffrey T. Bernstein .... production assistant (as Jeff Bernstein)
Kristin Bernstein .... production assistant (as Kristin Cameron)
Ann Biddle .... dance instructor
Al Cerullo .... helicopter pilot (as Albert Cerullo Jr.)
Kay Chapin .... script supervisor
Sharon Chatten .... acting coach
Dennis Davidson .... Unit publicity
Judy Dickerson .... dialogue coach
Dianne Dreyer .... script supervisor
Michele Grant .... production assistant
Amy Herman .... location manager
Jude Aubrey Hindle .... craft service (as Aubrey Hindle)
Pamela Hochschartner .... production coordinator
David Hummel .... production assistant
Jim Jaffe .... product placement
Diana E. Latham .... production secretary (as Diana Latham)
Terrence Martin .... craft service
Tim Monich .... dialect coach
Carlos Moore .... assistant location manager
Felicity Nove .... assistant: Mr. Schepisi
Juanita Parker .... post-production accountant
Diego Percossi Papi .... jewelry artist
Lyn Pinezich .... location assistant
Daniel Plotnick .... production assistant
Judy Pursley .... assistant accountant
Angela Quiles .... assistant production coordinator
Reid Rosefelt .... unit publicist
Sara Scarritt .... production assistant (as Sarah Scarritt)
Alex Stitt .... title designer
Bryan Thomas .... location assistant
Gary Trentham .... location assistant
Tom Tumminello .... parking coordinator
Mark Urman .... unit publicist
Ron Vignone .... production assistant
Mary Pat Walsh .... assistant: Mr. Kidney and Mr. Guare
Elizabeth Zagrany .... payroll accountant
Colleen Davie Janes .... production assistant (uncredited)
Scott Allen Logan .... post-production assistant to director (uncredited)
Jesse Merz .... market researcher (uncredited)
John Cheim .... special thanks
Alexander R. Raydon .... special thanks: Raydon Gallery, N.Y.

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Rated R for language and some sexuality
112 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:18A (Ontario) | Canada:G (Québec) | Germany:6 | Iceland:L | Spain:13 | UK:15 | USA:R

Did You Know?

When Paul is talking about his thesis, he mentions the Lord of the Rings books. Geoffrey, who is listening to him, is played by Ian McKellen, who almost a decade later played Gandolf in the Lord of the Rings films.See more »
Crew or equipment visible: When Flan is pretending to pray next to Ouisa, the boom mic and operator are reflected in the large window behind them.See more »
[first lines]
Flan:My God!
Ouisa:Is anything gone?
Flan:How can I look, I'm shaking!
Ouisa:I want to know if anything's gone!
Flan:Calm down.
Ouisa:We could have been killed! Oh, my God! The Kandinsky!
Flan:The Kandinsky!
Ouisa:It's gone, oh my God! Call the police!
Flan:Oh, no, there it is. Oh! The silver Victorian inkwell!
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40 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
Absorbing script and performances, 5 June 2003
Author: rosscinema from United States

This is the film that made even the most harshest critics admit that Will Smith had real potential as far as being a serious actor is concerned. This is the story of a young gay hustler named Paul (Smith) who knocks on the door of Ouisa and Flan Kittredge (Stockard Channing and Donald Sutherland) and tells them a story of being mugged and also being the son of Sidney Poitier. He says he knows their children from college and remembered they lived there so thats why he came. After a lot of talking and impressing them he cooks them a nice dinner and they invite him to spend the night. They also loan him money but in the morning they find him with another man and they kick everyone out. The Kittredge's talk to their friends and find out that they all encountered Paul as well but were afraid to say something because they were embarrassed. The films title refers to the fact that we all know everyone by six people or degrees. The main focus of the film deals with how this young man made these characters take a good hard look at themselves and the relationship they have with each other and their children. The writing is very sharp and for most of us what is being said onscreen can easily go over our heads. Its a very intelligent script that forces the characters to see things that they seem to take for granted. Directed by Fred Schepisi who has shown a real knack for filming plays before and he also has shown to be very good at making films that are more character oriented. I remember one of his first films from the 70's called "The Devils Playground" and was impressed at that time by his direction. What really stood out for me though were the performances. Will Smith seems to tackle this complex script with an all to easy manner. As I watched his performance it was clear that he really understood the script and his character. You don't see that everyday from such a young actor, especially one that has limited training. But for me the best performance comes from Stockard Channing who was in the play as well. She's always been a very strong actress and a very underrated one at that. While watching her character in this film Channing does a wonderful job of allowing the viewer to watch her characters attitude change from the first scene to the very last. It really is Channings film and she received a well deserved Oscar nomination for it. Its one of the best in her career and its the driving force for the film. Casual film watchers may be put off by the sharp dialogue at first but I hope they stay with it, its a very good film about self realization and all the actors here are terrific.

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