Six Degrees of Separation

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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 ...
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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.
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Special Features

Collectible booklet; Original theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/15/2000
  • UPC: 027616851574
  • Original Release: 1993
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1), Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan / Stereo / Dolby 5.1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, stereo
  • Language: English, EspaƱol
  • Time: 1:52:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 7,456

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
Jeffrey Abrams Doug
Daniel Von Bargen Detective
Kelly Bishop Adele
Maggie Burke Edmond Genest
Kitty Carlisle Mrs. Bannister
Adele Chatfield-Taylor Paula
Ellen Chenoweth
John Cunningham John
Peter Duchin Sandy
Nancy Duerr Mrs. Bannister's Guest
Margaret Eginton Mary
Edmond Genest Loft Party Guest
Kitty Carlisle Hart Mrs. Bannister
Richmond Hoxie Guest at Baptism
Madhur Jaffrey Guest of Honor
Mitch Kolpan Policeman
Brian McConnachie Mrs. Bannister's Guest
Ann McDonough Teacher
Maeve McGuire Polly
Lou Milione Hustler
Frank O'Brien Eddie
Vince O'Brien Grandfather at Baptism
Joe Pentangelo Police Officer
Jose Rabelo 2nd Elevator Man
John Rowe Usher
Paul Schmidt Posh Couple
Vasek Simek Frank the Doorman
Sam Stoneburner Carter
Margaret Thomson Grandmother at Baptism
David Tice Cocktail Party 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
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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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Menu

Side A --STANDARD
Play
   Menu Group #1 with 28 chapter(s) covering 01:51:55
Theatrical Trailer
Languages
Side B --WIDESCREEN
Play
   Menu Group #1 with 28 chapter(s) covering 01:51:46
Theatrical Trailer
Languages
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good movie, but no English subtitles!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    must see must buy

    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

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