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Six Degrees of Separation

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  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • 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.
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1000841

  • Credits
    Stockard Channing, Susan Stockard, Donald Sutherland, Will Smith, Mary Beth Hurt, Bruce Davison, Anthony Michael Hall, Ian McKellen, Ian McKellen, Richard Masur, Heather Graham, Eric Thal, Anthony Rapp, Osgood Perkins, Catherine Kellner
  • Critic Reviews
    "...[Schepisi shows] directorial vigor....[Channing gives] a reprise of her fine performance as [the] hilariously brittle heroine..."
    New York Times

    "...An urbane Manhattan tragicomedy....[Channing] surefootedly diagrams the breakdown of a soul..." -- Rating: B+
    Entertainment Weekly

    "...It is a choice, elegant production, pristine in its craft and attention to detail....SIX DEGREES is magical when addressing the preposterous..."
    Variety

    "...A brilliantly observed, precious little comedy....[It] crackles with ideas and witty dialogue....It's a wonderful piece of storytelling..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...John Guare's adapted screenplay is consistently witty and literate, giving Smith and Channing plenty of scope to shine..."
    Total Film

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