- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 52 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: August 15, 2000
- Originally Released: 1993
- Label: MGM (Video & DVD)
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Dual Side - Single Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Dolby Surround - Spanish
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
- Additional Products:
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"He did more for us in a few hours... than our children ever did."
- Ouisa Kittredge (Stockard Channing)
"I read somewhere that everybody on this planet is separated by only six other people. Six degrees of separation."
- Ouisa Kittredge (Stockard Channing)
"Your father means a great deal in South Africa."
- Geoffrey (Ian McKellen) to Paul (Will Smith), who claims to be Sidney Poitier's son
"Are these all rich people'"
"No. Hand to mouth on a higher plateau."
- Exchange between Paul (Will Smith) and Trent Conway (Anthony Michael Hall)
"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 - 12/08/1993
"...[Schepisi shows] directorial vigor....[Channing gives] a reprise of her fine performance as [the] hilariously brittle heroine..."
Entertainment Weekly - 06/17/1994
"...An urbane Manhattan tragicomedy....[Channing] surefootedly diagrams the breakdown of a soul..." -- Rating: B+
Variety - 12/13/1993
"...It is a choice, elegant production, pristine in its craft and attention to detail....SIX DEGREES is magical when addressing the preposterous..."
Sight and Sound - 07/01/1995
"...A brilliantly observed, precious little comedy....[It] crackles with ideas and witty dialogue....It's a wonderful piece of storytelling..."
Total Film - 11/01/2003
"...John Guare's adapted screenplay is consistently witty and literate, giving Smith and Channing plenty of scope to shine..."
Big City |
Character Study |
Race Relations |
Social Issues |
Stage Play |
- The screenplay for "Six Degrees of Separation" was taken from John Guare's 1990 hit play based on true-life incidents involving a high-class con-artist who manages to captivate New York's wealthy upper East Side families.
- Stockard Channing, who plays the part of Ouisa Kittredge,
performed the same role in the stage play. John Cunningham originally played Flan Kittredge on stage; Donald Sutherland won that role in the film.
- The MPAA refused to approve one of the trailers for "Six Degrees of Separation," claiming that the glimpse of male genitals from Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel fresco "Creation
Adam" was inappropriate.
- Will Smith is attempting to break more ground in his acting career. He hopes a role like the one he plays in "Six Degrees of Separation," will enable him to get more work because it will give him a chance to prove his acting skills to Black filmmakers Spike Lee and John Singleton. "I needed to do a film like 'Six Degrees' in order for those people to consider me. Spike Lee would never consider me for a role because 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' is all he's ever seen."
- Smith began rapping at the tender age of 12 in his hometown of West Philadelphia, which ultimately led to his successful partnership with musician Jeff Towsend. As D.J. Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, Towsend and Smith recorded rap hits "Girls Ain't Nothing But Trouble," and later, on their second album, "Parents Just Don't Understand." In 1988 they won two Grammy Awards, one for best rap performance and another Grammy for their album "Summertime." The dynamic duo received the NAACP Image Award for being outstanding rap artists.
- Shot in DeLuxe color and Anamorphic; in Panavision widescreen.
- In Dolby stereo.
- Rated BBFC 15 by the British Board of Film Classification.
- Co-produced by Maiden Movies.