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Six Degrees of Separation (1993)

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

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... Ouisa
... Paul
... Flan
... Geoffrey
... Kitty
... Larkin
... Dr. Fine
... Trent
... Elizabeth
... Rick
... Ben
... Woody (as Osgood Perkins)
... Tess
... Doug (as Jeffrey Abrams)
Joe Pentangelo ... Police Officer
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New Yorkers Ouisa and Flan Kittredge are upper class private art dealers, pretentious but compassionate. Their prized possession is a double sided Kandinsky, one side that represents control, the other side chaos. They relay a story to their friends and acquaintances that over time becomes legendary. It is their encounter with a young black man who they had never met or heard of but who comes stumbling upon their front door one evening as they are courting an important investor, Geoffrey Miller, who could make them wealthy beyond what they could have dreamed. That black man is Paul Poitier, who has just arrived in the city, was just mugged outside their building and is sporting a minor knife wound to the abdomen. He is a friend of the Kittredge's children, who are attending Harvard, but more importantly is the son of actor/director Sidney Poitier. Tomorrow, Paul is meeting up with his father who is in town directing a movie of "Cats". Beyond the attraction of talking Paul into getting... Written by Huggo

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

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Comedy | Drama | Mystery

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

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8 December 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Seis Graus de Separação  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,410,676
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L.A. Theatre Works produced a radio adaptation of the play, in which Ouisa and Flan are played by Swoosie Kurtz and Alan Alda. Alda, of course, became famous for taking over another role from Donald Sutherland: "Hawkeye" Pierce from M*A*S*H (1972). See more »

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When Flan is pretending to pray next to Ouisa, the boom mic and operator are reflected in the large window behind them. 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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References Fatal Instinct (1992) See more »

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Op. 99, 2nd Movement
by Franz Schubert
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Blaaa, blaaa, blaaa, blaaa, blaaa, blaaa.....etc.
6 September 2002 | by See all my reviews

"Six Degrees..." tells a meager story of a pseudosophisticated art dealer of sorts in Manhattan (Sutherland) and his pseudosophisticated wife (Channing) who find a young black gay man kerplunked in their lives causing them to mentally scurry about not unlike Pooh ("Oh, Bother!") and recount the experience to their friends...etc. "Six Degrees..." is theater on film with incessant dialogue rolling off the tongues of ultraglib characters, staginess, and obvious scripting none of which are exceptional. This flick lacks the stuff which sets films apart from stage and is likely only to be appreciated by devotees of the theater, dilettantes, critics, and the like. (C)


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