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Adam at Six A.M. (1970)

After a relative dies, a professor goes to the funeral, gets himself a job there working with power lines, and soon sees his entire life changing before his eyes.


Robert Scheerer




Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Douglas ... Adam Gaines
Lee Purcell ... Jerri Jo Hopper
Joe Don Baker ... Harvey Gavin
Louise Latham ... Mrs. Hopper
Charles Aidman ... Mr. Hopper
Grayson Hall ... Inez Treadly
Marge Redmond ... Cleo
Dana Elcar ... Van Treadly
Ed Call Ed Call ... Orville
Carolyn Conwell Carolyn Conwell ... Mavis
Butch Youngblood Butch Youngblood ... Elwood
Greg Joseph ... Ed
Timothy Blake Timothy Blake ... Girl at Party
Richard Derr ... Mr. Gaines
Pat Randall Pat Randall ... Pearlie


A disenchanted young Professor of Semantics at a California college learns of a distant relative's death in Missouri. He journeys cross-country to the funeral, then decides to spend the summer there and work as a laborer for a power-line company. In time he meets a girl and falls in love, then faces an important decision about the direction of his life. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Adam Gaines has a 911T Porsche, good looks, a guaranteed future, and as many girls as he can handle. Adam Gaines has nothing. See more »



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Rated R for some language and brief nudity | See all certifications »

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According to the actor Michael Douglas, on Marc Maron's WTF podcast from November 15th, 2018, Douglas stated that he knew Steve McQueen and that McQueen was a producer on this film. See more »


Referenced in The Bob Newhart Show: Carol at 6:01 (1976) See more »


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Adam at 6 AM has its moments
21 May 2011 | by mis9See all my reviews

Saw Adam at 6AM decades ago. I believe it was Michael Douglas's first movie and he was still in college when asked to make the movie. The movie gets its name, when Adam starts his trip east in the red sports car and the camera focus on the clock 6 AM. The movie was very low budget. Several scenes in Mo at the home were never cropped and you can see the the lighting and other equipment. They never went back to re shoot. Michael's voice hadn't developed, but you can see his grace and charm even at this young age.

The movie starts to drag about 3/4 through and doesn't pick up.Obvious when the movie was casted, producers wanted the Douglas name even if only the son of Kirk was available. Movie appears to be related to the the graduate.I'm still trying to remember the res sports car, was it and Austin Healey? Reminds me of my TRS 3 in college. I knew I had something in common with Michael Douglas.

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Release Date:

22 September 1970 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A reggel túl messze van See more »

Filming Locations:

Cameron, Missouri, USA See more »

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1.85 : 1
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