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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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  (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
Julius Chan .... sound mix assistant (uncredited )
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
Jill Greenberg .... casting associate (as Jill Greenberg Sands)
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
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
Location Management
Amy Herman .... location manager
Carlos Moore .... assistant location manager
Lyn Pinezich .... location assistant
Bryan Thomas .... location assistant
Gary Trentham .... location assistant
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
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
Felicity Nove .... assistant: Mr. Schepisi
Juanita Parker .... post-production accountant
Diego Percossi Papi .... jewelry artist
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
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

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Catherine Kellner was cast after she answered an ad for an open casting call for what she thought was a movie directed by the Coen Brothers.See more »
Continuity: Paul's position when talking about the huskey statue changes between shots.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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50 out of 67 people found the following review useful.
the longing of the social classes for each other, 31 July 2004
Author: amazingann from Houston, Texas

Puzzling offhanded moody film. I was struck by what seemed the underlying assertion: the deep if unconscious longing of the divided social classes in the country -- the wealthy and the disenfranchised -- for each other. The deep longing to heal the rift of "separation" that the whole class system perpetuates through how people behave, who they associate with, who is considered desirable.

The rich couple and especially Stockard Channing's character of Louisa is caught up in an affluent world of witty pretentious empty existence -- one they are exceedingly skilled at, and are able to milk to good profit. When they meet Paul (Will Smith's character), they are drawn to his directness, his charm -- he is skilled at being relaxed and conversant in their cultured world, yet he lacks the pretense of the elder members or the (satirically exaggerated) spoiled disaffection of the younger members, their children. They both relish telling the story – and their friends seem undyingly riveted by it -- and Loisa especially tastes of a richness, a directness, a spark to life that she does not have.

Will Smith's character of Paul also longs for a life he does not have, their Upper East Side life. For the wealth, certainly, but also for the very real values of education, ideas, and that spark of art that is separate from the worldly commercial side of art's buying and selling. The slap that Louisa joyously gives to the hand of God in the Sistine Chapel.

Both sides are profoundly hurt by the rift, the gulf, that exists almost never to be crossed between Paul's ghetto and the Kittridges' beautiful penthouse. There may be a "mere" six degrees of separation between them – but as Louisa meditates, how to broach them? How to find the people that came connect you?

(In "Six Degrees" it is interesting and telling that it is the gay member of the set that serves as the crossover person, the means by which Paul can make his more profound crossover. Somehow, those who are owning-class gay stand with a foot in both worlds – they have a large degree of entree into the worldly affluent classes, yet they are also outcasts.)

As a comment outside the movie, it's my opinion that the class system is kept inexorably in place so that the wealthy might never have human relationships as equals with those whose labor they exploit, so as to avoid the pangs of conscience about benefiting unjustly from their labor. (One of Gandhi's seven root causes of injustice is: Wealth Without Work. In a just world, every person reaps the product of her or his own work; while to be wealthy, one generally must have people working for you from whom you derive some percentage profit of their work.)

But while this may sound radical, my further belief is that not only does this system hurt the poor, it also hurts the wealthy in profound ways. They get the wonderful apartments and private access to the Kandinsky, but their lives are empty and they don't see a way out, they must keep going to the obligatory mannered dinner parties at the price of a life that feels rich and alive with imagination.

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