6.9/10
18,415
101 user 34 critic

Six Degrees of Separation (1993)

Trailer
1:39 | Trailer

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ON DISC
ALL
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.

Director:

Fred Schepisi

Writers:

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

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

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 Joe Pentangelo ... Police Officer
Edit

Storyline

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 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, an important investor who could make them wealthy beyond their dreams. The young man, Paul Poitier, 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/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 them roles in the movie, Ouisa, Flan, and Geoffrey all end up being ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 December 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Seis Graus de Separação See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,410,676
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

In the movie "Six Degrees of Separation", the topic of a movie of "Cats" is discussed. Sir Ian McKellen was in that movies as well as this one. See more »

Goofs

Paul's position when talking about the huskey statue changes between shots. 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!
[...]
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Nanny: The Yummy Mummy (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

The Bridal Chorus
from "Lohengren"
by Richard Wagner
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »

User Reviews

Will Smith Can Act?!?!?!
17 August 2000 | by texasgal1976See all my reviews

That's the rhetorical question that I think most people will have wandering through their minds while watching this film, a favorite of mine. Yes, friends, Will Smith indeed can act, and he does so quite well in this film. So well, you wonder why he keeps picking flicks that show up during the Summer months versus the flicks that show up in the Fall. If you don't see this film for any other reason, watch it just to witness Will Smith break away from his usual mold.


13 of 27 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 101 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Alfonso Cuarón's 'Roma' Stars Are the Heart of His Film

Director Alfonso Cuarón sits down with IMDb to talk about his 10-time Oscar-nominated film, Roma, and its breakout stars, Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira.

Watch the full interview

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed