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Six Degrees of Separation (1993)

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An affluent New York City couple finds their lives touched, intruded upon, and compelled by a mysterious young black man who is never quite who he says he is.

Director:

Fred Schepisi

Writers:

John Guare (play), John Guare (screenplay)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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
Oz Perkins ... Woody (as Osgood Perkins)
Catherine Kellner ... Tess
J.J. Abrams ... Doug (as Jeffrey Abrams)
Joe Pentangelo ... Police Officer
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Storyline

New Yorkers Louisa "Ouisa" Kittredge (Stockard Channing) and John Flanders "Flan" Kittredge (Donald Sutherland) are upper-class private art dealers, pretentious, but compassionate. Their prized possession is a double-sided Kandinsky: one side represents control; the other, chaos. They relay a story to their friends and acquaintances that becomes legendary over time: their encounter with a young black stranger who came stumbling upon their front door one evening as they were courting Geoffrey Miller (Sir Ian McKellen), an important investor who could make them wealthy beyond their dreams. The young man, Paul Poitier (Will Smith), had just arrived in the city when he was mugged outside their building, he sported a minor knife wound to the abdomen. He was a friend of the Kittredges' children, who are attending Harvard; more importantly, he's the son of actor and Director Sidney Poitier. Tomorrow, Paul is meeting up with his father, who is in town directing a movie of "Cats". Beyond the ... Written by Huggo

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For Paul, every person is a new door to a new world.

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Trivia

In this movie, the topic of a movie version of "Cats" is discussed. Sir Ian McKellen appeared in Cats (2019). See more »

Goofs

When Paul is on the phone to Ouisa he calls Flan (Donald Sutherland) "Donald". See more »

Quotes

[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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Soundtracks

Trio
Op. 99, 2nd Movement
by Franz Schubert
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User Reviews

 
This is the kind of film that deserved much more attention...
23 October 1999 | by danielll_rsSee all my reviews

I don't understand why the public and the critic didn't celebrate "Six Degrees of Separation". It is a very, very good and unusual dramatic comedy about, among other subjects, the high society life and the ambitions. I liked this film very much and I highly recommend it. However, there is a hollow ending and so I gave it a 9 out of 10. The same way a must-see.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

8 December 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$53,058, 12 December 1993

Gross USA:

$6,405,918

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,405,918
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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