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Six Degrees of Separation
Directed by Fred Schepisi
Produced by Arnon Milchan
Written by John Guare
Starring Stockard Channing
Will Smith
Donald Sutherland
Ian McKellen
Music by Jerry Goldsmith
Cinematography Ian Baker
Editing by Peter Honess
Studio New Regency
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s) 8 December 1993
Running time 112 minutes
Country  United States
Language English
Gross revenue $6,405,918

Six Degrees of Separation is a 1993 film adaptation of the John Guare play of the same title, which was inspired by the real-life con artist David Hampton. The film makes reference to two Kandinsky artworks, "Black Lines" and "Several Circles", referred to as chaos and control in the film respectively.

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Synopsis

Fifth Avenue socialite Ouisa Kittredge (Stockard Channing) and her purveyor of high-art husband Flan (Donald Sutherland), are pedigree parents of "two at Harvard and one at Groton." But the privileged insular world inhabited by the Kittredge family, as well as their public status as distinguished arbiters of culture, makes them easy prey for a consummate con-artist like Paul (Will Smith). One night, he mysteriously shows up at their front door - injured and bleeding- claiming to be Sidney Poitier's son and a close college crony of the Kittredges' Ivy League progeny. Impressing Ouisa and Flan with his articulate literary expositions, Paul proves to be a sharp-witted, learned young man with epicurean taste and surprising culinary skill. His highbrow façade is so charmingly persuasive, Paul soon has the Kittredges lending him money, putting him up for the night and taking satisfaction in his appraisal of their posh lifestyle. Much to the Kittredge's shock Paul is revealed to be a highly persuasive con-man, who has charmed his way into many upper-crust homes along the upper East side with his wit and insider knowledge. As Paul's plot unravels he becomes an urban legend of the upper crust, a witty anecdote to banter about at cocktail parties. However, he has a profound effect on the many individuals who encounter him, linking them in their shared experience.

Cast

The film features cameo appearances by representatives of New York high society including Kitty Carlisle Hart and Chuck Close, the artist.

Reception

The film was a great critical success, as it currently holds a 93% at Rotten Tomatoes. It was also Stockard Channing's best known movie in 15 years.

This film is also known for Will Smith's debut as a dramatic actor, receiving critical praise.

Trivia

  • Stockard Channing was best known for playing Rizzo in 1978's Grease. Donald Sutherland has worked with another actress from that same movie, Dinah Manoff, in Ordinary People in 1980.

Awards

  • 1994 Academy Award for Best Actress - Stockard Channing [nominee]
  • 1994 Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical - Stockard Channing [nominee]

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