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Six Degrees of Separation ()


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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.

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Ouisa
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Paul
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Flan
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Geoffrey
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Kitty
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Larkin
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Dr. Fine
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Trent
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Elizabeth
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Rick
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Ben
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Woody (as Osgood Perkins)
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Tess
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Doug (as Jeffrey Abrams)
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Police Officer
Lou Milione ...
Hustler
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Connie (as Brooke Hayward Duchin)
Peter Duchin ...
Sandy
Sam Stoneburner ...
Carter
Maeve McGuire ...
Polly
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Adele
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John
Vasek Simek ...
Frank the Doorman
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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
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Art Dealer
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Detective (as Daniel Von Bargen)
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Usher
Elizabeth Rossa ...
Bride
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Julia
Frank O'Brien ...
Eddie
Ann McDonough ...
Teacher
José Rabelo ...
Elevator Man #2
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Concert Goer
Joanna Noble ...
Concert Goer
Miriam Fond ...
Nurse
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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
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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
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Guest at Baptism
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Mrs. Bannister (as Kitty Carlisle Hart)
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Guest of Honor
Arthur Brooks ...
Mrs. Bannister's Guest
Jacqueline Bertrand ...
Mrs. Bannister's Guest
Lisa Crosby ...
Mrs. Bannister's Guest
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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
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Lieutenant Price
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NY Theatre Woman #1 (uncredited)
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Ballroom Dancer (uncredited)
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Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Corin Grimm ...
Extra (uncredited)
Mary Ann Hannon ...
University Professor (uncredited)
Johnnyangel ...
Pedestrian (uncredited)
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Cocktail Party Guest (uncredited)
Ronald Rand ...
Head Waiter (uncredited)
Jill Tompkins ...
Woman in Airport (uncredited)

Directed by

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Fred Schepisi

Written by

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John Guare ... (play)
 
John Guare ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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Ric Kidney ... executive producer
Arnon Milchan ... producer
Fred Schepisi ... producer
Mary Pat Walsh ... associate producer

Music by

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Jerry Goldsmith

Cinematography by

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Ian Baker ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Peter Honess

Editorial Department

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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

Casting By

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Ellen Chenoweth

Production Design by

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Patrizia von Brandenstein

Art Direction by

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Dennis Bradford

Set Decoration by

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Gretchen Rau

Costume Design by

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Judianna Makovsky

Makeup Department

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Angel De Angelis ... key hair stylist
Naomi Donne ... makeup designer
Bruno Pattini ... hair designer: Mr. Sutherland
Linda Kay Rendina ... additional makeup artist

Production Management

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Chris Brigham ... unit production manager
Felicity Nove ... post-production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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William M. Connor ... second second assistant director (as Bill Connor)
Donald J. Lee Jr. ... second assistant director
Amy Sayres ... first assistant director

Art Department

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Michael L. Benson ... set dresser
Nancy Gayle Boytos ... set dresser (as Nancy Boytos-Amanuel)
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

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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 ... re-recording mixer
Keith Gardner ... boom operator
Stephen Kent ... assistant sound editor
Gerry Long ... foley artist (as Gerard Long)
Glenn Newnham ... sound effects editor
Martin Oswin ... 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

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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

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Jill Greenberg ... casting associate (as Jill Greenberg Sands)
Barbara Harris ... adr voice casting
Meredith Tucker ... casting assistant

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Sarah Edwards ... assistant costume designer
Jane E. Myers ... wardrobe supervisor (as Jane Myers)
Ingrid Price ... wardrobe supervisor

Location Management

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Amy Herman ... location manager
Carlos Moore ... assistant location manager
Lyn Pinezich ... location assistant
Bryan Thomas ... location assistant
Gary Trentham ... location assistant

Music Department

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Sharal Churchill ... music consultant
Jerry Goldsmith ... conductor
Robin Gray ... scoring engineer
Kenneth Hall ... music editor
Mitchell Leib ... executive in charge of music
Steven L. Smith ... music preparation
Arthur Morton ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Script and Continuity Department

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Kay Chapin ... script supervisor
Dianne Dreyer ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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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

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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.)
Sharon Chatten ... acting coach
Dennis Davidson ... unit publicist
Judy Dickerson ... dialogue coach
Michele Grant ... production assistant
Jude Aubrey Hindle ... craft service (as Aubrey Hindle)
Pamela Hochschartner ... production coordinator
David Hummel ... production assistant
Jim Jaffe ... product placement
Alan Ladd Jr. ... Presenter
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)

Thanks

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John Cheim ... special thanks
Alexander R. Raydon ... special thanks: Raydon Gallery, N.Y.

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Plot Summary

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 and 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 captivated by Paul's charm, charisma, pedigree, and eloquence. After tending to his wounds, the Kittredges invite him to stay the night. Their encounter with him ends up being an all-too-familiar story that leads them on a search for him after he leaves their house the next morning. In that search, Ouisa in particularly starts to critically study their lives and how much compassion they actually have. Written by Huggo

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Taglines For Paul, every person is a new door to a new world. See more »
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Also Known As
  • Six degrés de séparation (France)
  • Das Leben - Ein Sechserpack (Germany)
  • Seis grados de separación (Spain)
  • Шесть степеней отчуждения (Russia)
  • Six degrés de séparation (Canada, French title)
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  • 112 min
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Budget $12,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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Trivia Will Smith refused to kiss Anthony Michael Hall just before their kissing scene, so a camera trick was used showing only the backs of their heads. In an interview, Smith stated that Denzel Washington advised him not to kiss a man on-screen, for it would harm his career. Smith stated that he regretted not going through with it, saying, "it was very immature on my part." See more »
Goofs When Paul is on the phone to Ouisa he calls Flan (Donald Sutherland) "Donald". See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Schindler's List/Geronimo: An American Legend/Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit/Wayne's World 2/Six Degrees of Separation (1993). See more »
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Quotes Ouisa Kitteridge: I read somewhere that everybody on this planet is separated by only six other people. Six degrees of separation between us and everyone else on this planet. The President of the United States, a gondolier in Venice, just fill in the names. I find it extremely comforting that we're so close. I also find it like Chinese water torture, that we're so close because you have to find the right six people to make the right connection... I am bound, you are bound, to everyone on this planet by a trail of six people.
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