Six Degrees of Separation

MGM Released 1993


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Fred Schepisi
Six Degrees of Separation is the 1993 American film based on the play of the same name by Pullitzer Prize nominated author John Guare. Outisa Kittredge (Stockard Channing) and her husband Flan (Donald Sutherland) are a New York power-couple that have made a name for themselves in the art world by catering to the city's elite. One night, while the couple is in the midst of a dinner party, Paul (Will Smith) shows up at their door injured and bleeding. He explains that he is a college friend of their sons and that he has recently been mugged and needs help. After he is invited in, Paul regales the guests with stories of college and impresses the Kittredge's with his culinary ability. When the couple awake in the morning, however, they discover that Paul is not whom they think and instead is a famous con artist taking advantage of their hospitality. Also starring Ian Mckellen, Mary Beth Hurt, Bruce Davison, Richard Masur, and Anthony Michael Hall, Six Degrees of Separation was critically acclaimed for its performances and intensely relevant subject matter.moreless


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  • 100

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Rick Groen

    Take a funny, touching, complex play that moves at a breakneck pace, filter it through the huge (if often underrated) talents of director Fred Schepisi, and you've got Six Degrees ...

  • 88

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    Six Degrees is the next best thing to a great play; a fantastically clever, verbally scintillating, consistently amusing one.

  • 88

    Boston Globe Jay Carr

    It's got sharp wit and a wise heart, and as good as it was onstage, it's even better as a movie. [22 Dec 1993, p.33]

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Comedy, Drama, Suspense