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The 6th Day

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Roger Spottiswoode
Produced by Mike Medavoy
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Jon Davison
Written by Cormac Wibberley
Marianne Wibberley
Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger
Michael Rapaport
Tony Goldwyn
Michael Rooker
Sarah Wynter
Robert Duvall
Music by Trevor Rabin
Cinematography Pierre Mignot
Editing by Michel Arcand
Mark Conte
Dominique Fortin
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date(s) November 17, 2000
Running time 123 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget $82 million (estimated)
Gross revenue $96,085,477

The 6th Day is a 2000 action film directed by Roger Spottiswoode and starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. The action hero plays family man Adam Gibson, who is cloned against his will in the future of 2015. Schwarzenegger received a salary of $25 million for his role in the film.[1]

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Plot

In 2015, cloning technology has been sufficiently developed as to allow the cloning of human organs and animals but reproducing complete humans is explicitly forbidden by so-called "6th Day" laws, named from the day when God created man. Adam Gibson (Schwarzenegger) is a pilot who runs a charter helicopter business along with his friend Hank Morgan. Michael Drucker, the owner of Replacement Technologies, a conglomerate that specialize in cloning, charters them for a skiing trip. Due to Drucker's financial and political influence, both Gibson and Morgan undergo blood and eye tests prior to his arrival to verify their identities and aptitude. On the day of Drucker's arrival, the same as Gibson's birthday, Gibson finds that his family dog has died, and Morgan offers to take his place as Drucker's pilot to allow Gibson to get his pet cloned.

Gibson returns home in the evening to find that a clone of himself is at the house and celebrating with his family. Gibson is chased down by security agents working for Drucker who are attempting to kill him, but he slips away and seeks refuge at Morgan's apartment. He finds Morgan there, but Morgan is soon shot by Tripp, an anti-cloning fundamentalist, before Gibson can stop and injure him. Tripp reveals that he knows that the version of Morgan in the apartment was an illegal clone, because he had killed him and Drucker at the skiing summit earlier in the day. Tripp commits suicide to avoid capture by Drucker's security team.

Gibson manages to sneak into Drucker's company and encounters Dr. Griffin Weir, the man behind Drucker's cloning technology. The scientist explains that Drucker and Morgan were indeed killed during the skiing trip, and they sought to clone them to cover up the incident, using a memory capture they performed at the same time as the supposed eye-test. However, they believed that Gibson was piloting the helicopter, and thus accidentally created a Gibson clone before they realized their mistake. Drucker's men have thus been been targetting Gibson to prevent the discovery of Drucker's illegal cloning operation. Weir further reveals that Drucker's human clones are normally embedded with a fatal disease that would kill the clone after about five years, thus giving Drucker leverage in continually cloning them.

Gibson escapes the complex with the information. Drucker kills Weir and orders his agents to capture Gibson's wife and daughter to assure his cooperation in resolving the issue. Gibson works out a plan with his clone to invade Drucker's facility and destroy it, and rescue his family as well. Drucker attempts to stop Gibson, but Gibson and his clone trick him into a trap, ultimately leading to Drucker's final death, while the cloning facility is destroyed. Gibson arranges for his clone to travel to Argentina to start a satellite operation of the charter business as to keep the clone's existence under wraps.

Cast

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger as Adam Gibson (at times simultaneously via computer animation) and his clone, the main protagonist of the movie.
  • Michael Rapaport as Hank Morgan, Adam's best friend
  • Tony Goldwyn as Michael Drucker, the mastermind behind the cloning.
  • Michael Rooker as Robert Marshall, a Millennium Security agent on Drucker's payroll.
  • Sarah Wynter as Talia Elsworth, an assassin working for Drucker.
  • Wendy Crewson as Natalie Gibson, Adam's wife.
  • Rodney Rowland as P. Wiley, an assassin working for Drucker.
  • Terry Crews as Vincent Bansworth, an assassin working for Drucker.
  • Ken Pogue as Speaker Day
  • Colin Cunningham as Tripp, a religious fundamentalist strongly against cloning.
  • Robert Duvall as Dr. Griffin Weir, Drucker's scientist in charge of the cloning until he reforms, losing his life in the process.
  • Wanda Cannon as Katherine Weir, Griffin's wife. Actually a clone of Katherine, who died five years before the movie's events.
  • Taylor Anne Reid as Clara Gibson, Adam's daughter.
  • Jennifer Gareis as Hank's Virtual Girlfriend
  • Don McManus as the RePet Salesman

Reception

The film opened at #4 at the North American box office making $13 million USD in its opening weekend.

Cultural references

  • When the virtual psychiatrist comes up in the police station, he asks Gibson about a turtle in the desert and about his mother, references to Leon's Voight-Kampff test in Blade Runner (1982).
  • One skier near the beginning mentions he has a cloned snake, another reference to Blade Runner (1982).
  • As Adam is leaving the pet cloning store at the mall, he tells the clerk "I might be back" which is a play on his famous "I'll be back" line from the Terminator movies.
  • The Sim-Pal slogan is "A Sim-Pal that's fun to be with!", a derivation from The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams. There, the corporation that created robots with "Genuine People Personalities" had the slogan "Your plastic pal that's fun to be with!"

Notes

  • According to Arnold Schwarzenegger in the DVD featurette The Future is Coming, the film is set in the year 2015.
  • Kevin Costner turned down the lead role in this film because of scheduling conflicts with another film.
  • The Colosseum-like building that houses the genetic lab and is blown up at the end is actually the Vancouver Public Library, which is an inside joke for citizens of British Columbia.
  • The professional football league that Johnny Phoenix plays for, the XFL, was created in 2000 by WWE owner Vince McMahon. It only lasted one season, thus creating an anachronism.
  • When Adam is locked in the room at the police station, the name of the webcaster appears on the screen as Marianne Wibberley. Wibberley co-wrote the movie with her husband Cormac Wibberley.

Production

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Locations

Home video releases

The 6th Day was released on video on the following dates:

Release Date Territory Format Notes
March 27, 2001 U.S. and Canada DVD Discontinued
May 27, 2001 U.S. and Canada VHS
June 3, 2003 U.S. and Canada DVD Special Edition
December 15, 2003 U.S. and Canada DVD Schwarzenegger Action Pack: The 6th Day and Last Action Hero

A Blu-ray version was released in the United States and Canada on April 8, 2008.

References

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Quotes

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

The 6th Day is a 2000 action movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. He plays family man Adam Gibson who is secretly cloned and must fight for his own survival while stopping the organization behind the cloning.

Adam finds out his clone not only has sex with his wife but then smokes his cigar!...
Adam Gibson: He smoked my stogie too!?
Hank Morgan: That bastard!
Adam Gibson: Son of a bitch!
Hank Morgan: [imitating Arnie] Son of a bitch!

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