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Six Degrees of Separation
     

Six Degrees of Separation

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Director: Fred Schepisi, Stockard Channing, Will Smith, Donald Sutherland

Cast: Fred Schepisi, Stockard Channing, Will Smith, Donald Sutherland

 

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Join Will Smith and a strong cast including Stockard Channing, Ian McKellen, and Donald Sutherland in this searing and humorous take on social class boundaries, presented on DVD by MGM. Viewable in either the original 1.85:1 widescreen theatrical aspect ratio or standard 1.33:1 full-screen pan-and-scan, the soundtrack is offered in closed-captioned English Dolby

Overview

Join Will Smith and a strong cast including Stockard Channing, Ian McKellen, and Donald Sutherland in this searing and humorous take on social class boundaries, presented on DVD by MGM. Viewable in either the original 1.85:1 widescreen theatrical aspect ratio or standard 1.33:1 full-screen pan-and-scan, the soundtrack is offered in closed-captioned English Dolby Digital 5.1 or Spanish Dolby Digital Surround with optional Spanish or French subtitles. Smith's dramatic turn as a smooth-talking con artist separated the burgeoning actor from his Fresh Prince of Bel Air role and won the young actor rave reviews from critics and audiences alike. Extra features include a theatrical trailer and a collectible booklet.

Editorial Reviews

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Six Degrees of Separation, adapted by John Guare from his own popular play, is a fascinating study of guilt among the idle rich and the way a talented con man can manipulate their liberal vulnerability toward his own ends -- even if they involve something so simple as fitting in. It's a sharply paced, uniquely structured story, told mostly as snippets of cocktail party anecdotes (which come under fire as a luxury -- indeed, a crutch -- of the social interactions of the well-to-do). Will Smith, then best known for his mugging on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, is a revelation in a demanding role most wouldn't have thought him equal to. He expertly portrays the wayward homosexual who transforms himself into the intelligentsia's dream youth, unspooling an improbably flawless evening of academia and classy charm that serves as a chillingly effective entry point into these people's lives. Oscar-nominated Stockard Channing is also masterful as the gabbing socialite who's been rejected by her own children, so seeks a surrogate son in Smith's Paul. Rather than it demonstrating her charity and blindness to race and sexual preference, however, Channing's character realizes she's using Paul as a character in her endless gossip, and that she is as drawn to him for his purported relationship to actor Sidney Poitier as for his politely elegant elocution. Crucially, she struggles to figure out how else to incorporate his profoundly affecting appearance in her life. Fred Schepisi's light comic tone sometimes wanders toward extremes, particularly in the children's hysterical and mostly unwarranted rebelliousness toward their parents, which plays like high camp. Otherwise, there's nary a misstep in the film whose title and subject matter helped popularize our notion of the world's surprising interconnectedness.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/15/2000
UPC:
0027616851574
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:52:00
Sales rank:
19,232

Special Features

Collectible booklet; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Stockard Channing Ouisa Kittredge
Will Smith Paul
Donald Sutherland Flan Kittredge
Ian McKellen Geoffrey
Mary Beth Hurt Kitty
Bruce Davison Larkin
Richard Masur Dr. Fine
Anthony Michael Hall Trent Conway
Heather Graham Elizabeth
Eric Thal Rick
Anthony Rapp Ben
Oz Perkins Woody Kittredge
Catherine Kellner Tess Kittredge
Ellen Chenoweth Actor
Edmond Genest Loft Party Guest
Sam Stoneburner Carter
Lou Milione Hustler
Adele Chatfield-Taylor Paula
Jeffrey Abrams Doug
Joe Pentangelo Police Officer
Peter Duchin Sandy
Maeve McGuire Polly
Kelly Bishop Adele
John Cunningham John
Vasek Simek Frank the Doorman
Maggie Burke Edmond Genest
Daniel Von Bargen Detective
John Rowe Usher
Frank O'Brien Eddie
Ann McDonough Teacher
Jose Rabelo 2nd Elevator Man
Mitch Kolpan Policeman
Paul Schmidt Posh Couple
David Tice Cocktail Party Guest
Margaret Eginton Mary
Margaret Thomson Grandmother at Baptism
Vince O'Brien Grandfather at Baptism
Richmond Hoxie Guest at Baptism
Kitty Carlisle Hart Mrs. Bannister
Madhur Jaffrey Guest of Honor
Nancy Duerr Mrs. Bannister's Guest
Brian McConnachie Mrs. Bannister's Guest
Robert Trumbull Mrs Bannister's Guest
Richard Whiting Mrs. Bannister's Guest

Technical Credits
Fred Schepisi Director,Producer
Ian Baker Cinematographer
Dennis Bradford Art Director
Patrizia Von Brandenstein Production Designer
Ellen Chenoweth Casting
Bill Daly Musical Direction/Supervision
Naomi Donne Makeup
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
John Guare Screenwriter
Peter Honess Editor
Ric Kidney Executive Producer
Judianna Makovsky Costumes/Costume Designer
Arnon Milchan Producer
Maria Nay Set Decoration/Design
Gretchen Rau Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
1. Logos/ Title/ "Hello" [:09]
2. $2 Million Pretension [4:19]
3. A Mugging Victim [4:56]
4. "Chaos Control" [3:30]
5. Catty About Daddy [1:46]
6. Pasta/Politics/ Poitier [5:45]
7. "Manifesto Of Hate" [4:54]
8. Wheelers & Dealers [7:09]
9. Dreaming Of Cats [4:07]
10. The Naked Truth [2:49]
11. "Safe Trip" [2:40]
12. Trading Tales [2:00]
13. The Kids Come Home [3:13]
14. A Courageous Doctor [2:25]
15. Reading Into Things [4:25]
16. Harvard Detectives [2:30]
17. Rainy Night Pickup [4:26]
18. "A Profound Thought" [6:24]
19. Illegitimate Son [1:54]
20. Depleted Account [6:30]
21. "The Rainbow Room" [3:37]
22. Murder Or Suicide? [5:34]
23. Dueling Phones [3:06]
24. "Will You Help Me?" [7:12]
25. What's Paul's Name? [5:12]
26. He's No Anecdote [2:41]
27. "A Terrible Match" [2:44]
28. End Credits [1:44]
Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
1. Logos/Title/'Hello"|00:04:19|}
2. $2 Million Pretension [4:56]
3. A Mugging Victim [3:30]
4. "Chaos Control" [1:46]
5. Catty About Daddy [5:45]
6. Past/ Politics/Poitier [4:54]
7. "Manifesto Of Hate" [7:09]
8. Wheelers & Dealers [4:07]
9. Dreaming Of Cats [2:49]
10. The Naked Truth [2:40]
11. "Safe Trip" [2:00]
12. Trading Tales [3:13]
13. The Kids Come Home [2:25]
14. A Courageous Doctor [4:25]
15. Reading Into Things [2:30]
16. Harvard Detectives [4:26]
17. Rainy Night Pickup [6:24]
18. "A Profound Thought" [1:54]
19. Illegitimate Son [6:30]
20. Depleted Account [3:37]
21. "The Rainbow Room" [5:34]
22. Murder Or Suicide? [3:06]
23. Dueling Phones [7:12]
24. "Will You Help Me?" [5:12]
25. What's Paul's Name? [2:41]
26. He's No Anecdote [2:44]
27. "A Terrible Match" [1:44]
28. End Credits [4:03]

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Six Degrees of Separation 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although this movie well deserves the excellent reviews it has gotten, please be forewarned that this DVD DOES NOT have any English subtitles! It has French and Spanish subtitles, but no English subtitles!
Guest More than 1 year ago
one of the best moives I have ever seen it gets no where near the recongination it should it's a must see fro everyone. will smith is more then you could ever imagine in the moive and it's no wonder stockard chaney got an oscar nom for thsi role