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Six Degrees of Separation

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 1993
  • Fred Schepisi
  • 108 mins
  • 15

Summary

An affluent New York City couple finds their lives touched, intruded upon, and compelled by a mysterious young black man who is never quite who he says he is.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

As an alien-chaser in Independence Day and Men in Black, Will Smith served notice on Eddie Murphy that he was the new, smarter, cheekier black kid on the block. But, with this earlier bourgeois satire, he had already displayed the talents that were to elevate him to the superstar stratosphere. As the young man who talks his way into the rich New York household of liberal-minded art dealer Donald Sutherland and his wife Stockard Channing by pretending to be the friend of their student children, Smith is as busy as a gadfly. John Guare has perhaps been too careful in transferring his play to the screen and Fred Schepisi's direction is too safe for a real sarcastic sting, but Smith's performance shines above these limitations, transcending the too-glib spelling-out of the gulf between integrity and hypocrisy.

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Credits

Cast

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Ouisa KittredgeStockard Channing
PaulWill Smith
Flan KittredgeDonald Sutherland
GeoffreyIan McKellen
KittyMary Beth Hurt
LarkinBruce Davison
Doctor FineRichard Masur
TrentAnthony Michael Hall
ElizabethHeather Graham
RickEric Thal

Crew

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DirectorFred Schepisi

Details

Theatrical distributor
Warner Brothers
Released on
1995-06-02
Languages
English | Italian
Guidance
Swearing and nudity.
Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Colour
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