- Adam Gibson (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to the salesman at RePet
Total Film - 01/01/2000
"...The 6TH DAY comes complete with the gripping car chases, shoot-'em-ups, great gimmicks, and, of course, mano-a-mano combat with sadistic henchmen..."
Entertainment Weekly - 12/08/2000
"...Packed with amusing satirical details of a not-so-brave new world."
Sight and Sound - 02/01/2001
"...A crisp and agreeable futuristic adventure....Witty and sophisticated..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 11/17/2000
"...It's a well-crafted entertainment....Schwarzenegger once again gets mileage out of the contrast between his muscular presence and his everyman persona..."
In the not-too-distant future, when pets can be cloned after they die and "virtual girlfriends" can be installed and programmed, Adam Gibson (Arnold Schwarzenegger) works as a helicopter tour pilot. On his birthday he comes home to discover an identical version of himself--an illegal human clone--celebrating with his family and friends. The next thing he knows, a squad of killers is after him in order to hide the evidence of their cloning activities, funded by Michael Drucker (Tony Goldwyn), a powerful businessman who hopes to make billions from human cloning in collaboration with his medical expert, Dr. Griffin Weir (Robert Duvall). Of course, nobody believes Adam when he says there's an impostor living his life, and soon he has to take matters into his own hands while being chased by bad guys who won't stay dead thanks to the magic of cloning and Syncordings, instant memory downloads. THE 6TH DAY is an intriguing sci-fi thriller, combining science fact and fiction with everything viewers could want from a Schwarzenegger movie: terrific special effects and an action-packed story, with two Arnolds for twice the fun.
Theatrical release: November 17, 2000.
Filmed in Vancouver, Canada, and Phoenix, Arizona.
The film was originally titled ON THE SIXTH DAY.
THE 6TH DAY was coproduced by Arnold Schwarzenegger. The only other film for which he has served as a producer was 1993's LAST ACTION HERO.
This film was written by husband-and-wife team Cormac and Marianne Wibberley, who originally had set the movie 20 years in the future but made adjustments as technical advances in cloning seemed to be occurring even during production.
The Sim-Pal doll was the idea of noted writer-director John Sayles, who is often hired to add touches to screenplays.
The henchman Wiley, who keeps getting killed in various ways but pops up again as a clone, was named after cartoon character Wile E. Coyote.
Actor Schwarzenegger performed many of his own stunts, including one in which he had to hide in a large tank of water. While preparing for this scene, Schwarzenegger became disoriented and a diver had to help him out.
The exteriors of the Replacement Technologies buildings are actually the Vancouver Public Library.
The futuristic cars seen in the movie were provided by General Motors, with special handlers to make sure they were not damaged.