Six Degrees of Seperation

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Channing and sutherland give brilliant performances as manhattan art dealers who take in and are taken by a smooth talking con man in this wickedly funny adaptation of the acclaimed broadway play. Special features: collectible booklet: theatrical trailer, subtitles in french and spanish and more.


Studio MGM
SKU 40140842
UPC 027616851574
UPC 14 00027616851574
Format DVD
Release Date 10/10/2011
Rating Rating
Big City
Character Study
Race Relations
Social Issues
Stage Play
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Fifth Avenue socialite Ouisa Kittredge (Stockard Channing) and her purveyor of high-art husband Flan (Donald Sutherland), are pedigree parents of "two at Harvard and one at Groton." But the privileged insular world inhabited by the Kittredge family, as well as their public status as distinguished arbiters of culture, makes them easy prey for a consummate con-artist like Paul (Will Smith). One night, he mysteriously shows up at their front door - injured and bleeding- claiming to be Sidney Poitier's son and a close college crony of the Kittredges' Ivy League progeny. Impressing Ouisa and Flan with his articulate literary expositions, Paul proves to be a sharp-witted, learned young man with epicurean taste and surprising culinary skill. His highbrow facade is so charmingly persuasive, Paul soon has the Kittredges loaning him money, putting him up for the night and taking satisfaction in his appraisal of their posh lifestyle. Much to the Kittredge's shock Paul is revealed to be a highly persuasive con-man, who has charmed his way into many upper-crust homes along the upper East side with his wit and insider knowledge. As Paul's plot unravels he becomes an urban legend of the upper crust, a witty anecdote to banter about at cocktail parties. However, he has a profound effect on the many individuals who encounter him, linking them in their shared experience. This film version of John Guare's highly successful stage play features remarkable ensemble acting and incredibly witty dialogue with an insider's ear for the excesses and delights of upper crust Manhattan.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "He did more for us in a few hours... than our children ever did." -- Ouisa Kittredge (Stockard Channing)
Quote "I read somewhere that everybody on this planet is separated by only six other people. Six degrees of separation." -- Ouisa Kittredge (Stockard Channing)
Quote "Your father means a great deal in South Africa." -- Geoffrey (Ian McKellen) to Paul (Will Smith), who claims to be Sidney Poitier's son
Quote "Are these all rich people?"|"No. Hand to mouth on a higher plateau." -- Exchange between Paul (Will Smith) and Trent Conway (Anthony Michael Hall)
Quote "I hope your muggers read every word!" -- Flan Kittredge (Donald Sutherland) to Paul (Will Smith) upon hearing that muggers stole his thesis on "Catcher in the Rye"
New York Times "...[Schepisi shows] directorial vigor....[Channing gives] a reprise of her fine performance as [the] hilariously brittle heroine..." 12/08/1993 p.C17
Entertainment Weekly "...An urbane Manhattan tragicomedy....[Channing] surefootedly diagrams the breakdown of a soul..." -- Rating: B 06/17/1994 p.56
Variety "...It is a choice, elegant production, pristine in its craft and attention to detail....SIX DEGREES is magical when addressing the preposterous..." 12/13/1993
Sight and Sound "...A brilliantly observed, precious little comedy....[It] crackles with ideas and witty dialogue....It's a wonderful piece of storytelling..." 07/01/1995 p.53-4
Total Film "...John Guare's adapted screenplay is consistently witty and literate, giving Smith and Channing plenty of scope to shine..." 11/01/2003 p.123
Fred Schepisi
Stockard Channing
Donald Sutherland
Cast & Crew
Anthony Rapp - Star
Eric Thal - Star
Catherine Kellner - Star
Ian McKellen - Star
Will Smith - Star
Osgood Perkins - Star
Anthony Michael Hall - Star
Heather Graham - Star
Bruce Davison - Star
Mary Beth Hurt - Star
Richard Masur - Star
Stockard Channing - Star
Donald Sutherland - Star
Judianna Makovsky - Costume Designer
Peter Honess - Editor
Richard Kidney - Executive Producer
Ian Baker - Director of Photography
Patrizia von Brandenstein - Costume Designer
Chuck Close - Cameo
Fred Schepisi - Producer
John Guare - Screenwriter
Jerry Goldsmith - Composer
Arnon Milchan - Producer
Fred Schepisi - Director
Technical Info
Catalog ID 1000841
UPC 00027616851574
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 112 minutes
Original Language English
Available Subtitles French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Product Attributes
Actor Channing,Stockard
Label Mgm Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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