Six Degrees of Separation (1993)

R   |    |  Comedy, Drama, Mystery


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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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  • Stockard Channing and Donald Sutherland in Six Degrees of Separation (1993)
  • Stockard Channing and Donald Sutherland in Six Degrees of Separation (1993)
  • Stockard Channing in Six Degrees of Separation (1993)
  • Donald Sutherland in Six Degrees of Separation (1993)
  • Donald Sutherland in Six Degrees of Separation (1993)

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14 August 2003 | timberwolf1-1
This was a brilliant play
I saw Stockard Channing do this play on Broadway, and it remains one of the best theater experiences ever. It's really the story of her character Ouisa gradually seeing that her life is just pretty surfaces, and in meeting this young con-man with whom she makes an intense emotional connection, that she wants more than her marriage, her friends, her life. The dialogue goes like the wind and you barely get a chance to catch your breath; some of the dialogue is spoken as a soliloquy. It's John Guare's mastery of the language at its best, better than "The House of Blue Leaves." I'm much more of a movie person than a theater person, but this play really sang.

Unfortunately the translation to film is only partially successful. Whereas the play is a spoken confessional of Oiusa Kitteridge, the movie emphasizes Paul (Will Smith). Smith does a good-to-great job with this character. The transition from a verbal to a visual medium robs the language of much of its power, and rather than re-write it as a movie, it's sort of a 'half-transition,' which doesn't really please anyone. The other problem I had with it was Donald Sutherland; who wasn't half-bad. But John Cunningham, who played the role on Broadway, was sharper, harder, a GAMBLER...Sutherland just comes across as a nice guy that gets a bit upset that he's been conned. And the emotional blow that comes at the end of the play when you realize that Oiusa's perfect marriage is falling apart just doesn't come across.

Still fascinating for its premise and worth a look; even this watered-down version never fails to entertain.

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$53,058 12 December 1993

Gross USA:

$6,405,918

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,405,918

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