Friday, January 31, 2014

Six Degrees of Separation

1993 American Feature

Cast: Stockard Channing, Will Smith, Donald Sutherland, Ian McKellen, Mary Beth Hurt, Bruce Davison, Richard Masur, Anthony Michael Hall, Heather Graham and Anthony Rapp
Director: Fred Schepisi
Writer: John Guare, based on his play

Engaging young con artist Paul appears one day on the doorstep of the Kittredge family. Professing to be a friend of the affluent couple's son, Paul spins a tale of celebrity and despair that deeply affects the pair and their socialite friends.


  • Internet Movie Database: 6.9/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 88% / Audience: 72%
  • OMG rating: 6/10

  • DVD: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available


  • Academy Award nomination for Best Actress (Channing).
  • Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actress - Comedy/Musical (Channing). 

  • John Guare's Six Degrees of Separation premiered Off-Broadway in 1990 and moved to Broadway later that year. In addition to being a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, it was nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Play, and won for Jerry Zaks' direction. Stockard Channing originated the role of Ouisa in both productions, and reprised the role in London in 1992.
  • The plot of the play was inspired by the real-life story of David Hampton, a con man who managed to convince a number of people in the 1980s that he was the son of actor Sidney Poitier.
  • Explores the existential premise that everyone in the world is connected to everyone else in the world by a chain of no more than six acquaintances, thus "six degrees of separation".
  • Casting Call: Michael Douglas and Meryl Streep.
  • Will Smith refused to actually kiss Anthony Michael Hall just before their kissing scene so a camera trick was used showing only the back of their heads. In an interview, Smith stated that Denzel Washington advised him not to kiss a man onscreen for it would harm his career. Smith later stated that he regretted not going through with it saying, "It was very immature on my part."
  • Final film of singer/actress Kitty Carlisle.

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