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Encyclopedia > Six Degrees of Separation (film)
Six Degrees of Separation
Directed by Fred Schepisi
Produced by Arnon Milchan
Written by John Guare
Starring Stockard Channing,
Will Smith,
Donald Sutherland
Distributed by MGM
Release date(s) 8 December 1993 (USA)
Running time 112 min
Language English
IMDb profile

Six Degrees of Separation is a 1990 play by John Guare. Guare's play was adapted into a 1993 film directed by Fred Schepisi, starring Stockard Channing, Donald Sutherland and Will Smith. It explores the existential premise that everyone in the world is connected to everyone else in the world by a chain of no more than 6 acquaintances (see six degrees of separation). Frederick Alan Schepisi (born 26 December 1939) is an Australian film director and scriptwriter. ... Arnon Milchan (1945-) is movie producer and businessman. ... John Guare (pronounced gwâr, born 5 February 1938) is an American playwright. ... Stockard Channing press kit photo Stockard Channing (born Susan Antonia Williams Stockard on February 13, 1944) is an American actress. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... For other persons named Donald Sutherland, see Donald Sutherland (disambiguation). ... For alternate meanings of MGM, see MGM (disambiguation). ... December 8 is the 342nd day (343rd in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... A minute is a unit of time equal to 1/60th of an hour and to 60 seconds. ... Six Degrees of Separation is an episode of the reimagined Battlestar Galactica television series. ... MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ... John Guare (pronounced gwâr, born 5 February 1938) is an American playwright. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... Frederick Alan Schepisi (born 26 December 1939) is an Australian film director and scriptwriter. ... Stockard Channing press kit photo Stockard Channing (born Susan Antonia Williams Stockard on February 13, 1944) is an American actress. ... For other persons named Donald Sutherland, see Donald Sutherland (disambiguation). ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... “Six degrees” redirects here. ...

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Plot

The plot of the play was inspired by the real-life story of David Hampton[1], a con man who managed to convince a number of people in the 1980s that he was the son of actor Sidney Poitier. After the play became a dramatic and financial success, Hampton was tried and acquitted for harassment of Guare; he felt he was due a share of the profits that he ultimately never received.[2] David Hampton (1964-2003) was an African-American con artist who gained infamy in the 1980s after taking a group of wealthy Manhattanites for thousands of dollars by convincing them he was Sidney Poitiers son. ... A confidence trick or confidence game, also known as a con, scam, grift, boo-boo, bunko or flim flam, is an attempt to intentionally mislead a person or persons (known as the mark) usually with the goal of financial or other gain. ... The 1980s refers to the years of and between 1980 and 1989. ... Sir Sidney Poitier KBE, (IPA pronunciation: ) (born February 20, 1927), is an Academy Award-winning Bahamian-American actor, film director, and activist. ...


Another strong influence on the play and film is the novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. There are some very overt references to it, as when Paul (the David Hampton character in the piece) explains the thesis paper he has just written on The Catcher In The Rye[3] to a family who takes him in for the night. There are also many more subtle allusions made both in the script and in the cinematography of the film version. While one has to be familiar with the original work in order to pick up on the inferences, there are references which fall somewhere between these two extremes; such as when various characters begin to take on Holden Caulfield-esque characteristics and attitudes. This article does not cite its references or sources. ... Jerome David Salinger (born January 1, 1919) is an American author best known for The Catcher in the Rye, a classic coming-of-age story that has enjoyed enduring popularity since its publication in 1951. ... In rhetoric, an allusion is the implicit referencing of a related object or circumstance, which has occurred or existed in an external context. ... Cinematography [Greek: kine (movement) and graphos (writing)], is the discipline of making lighting and camera choices when recording photographic images for the cinema. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


The film features cameo appearances by a number of New York society types including Kitty Carlisle Hart and the artist Chuck Taylor. Martin Scorsese appears briefly in an uncredited role in this scene from his feature film Taxi Driver. ... Kitty Carlisle Hart (also billed as Kitty Carlisle) (September 3, 1910 – April 17, 2007)[1][2][3] was an American singer, actress and spokeswoman for the arts. ... Charles Taylor, the Wright Brothers mechanic. ...

"I read somewhere that everybody on this planet is separated by only six other people. Six degrees of separation between us and everyone else on this planet. The President of the United States, a gondolier in Venice, just fill in the names. I find that extremely comforting, that we're so close, but I also find it like Chinese water torture that we're so close because you have to find the right six people to make the connection. It's not just big names -- it's anyone. A native in a rain forest, a Tierra del Fuegan, an Eskimo. I am bound -- you are bound -- to everyone on this planet by a trail of six people. It's a profound thought -- how Paul found us, how to find the man whose son he claims to be, or perhaps is, although I doubt it. How everyone is a new door, opening into other worlds."

- character Ouisa Kittredge


Play Cast

The play's original production opened at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre at Lincoln Center on November 8, 1990.[4] The Vivian Beaumont Theater is a Broadway theatre at the Lincoln Center. ... The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center. ... November 8 is the 312th day of the year (313th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 53 days remaining. ... MCMXC redirects here; for the Enigma album, see MCMXC a. ...

Kelly Bishop moved into the lead role of Ouisa later in the show's run, and Laura Linney made her Broadway debut as a replacement for the role of Tess. Stockard Channing press kit photo Stockard Channing (born Susan Antonia Williams Stockard on February 13, 1944) is an American actress. ... John Cunningham or Jack Cunningham may refer to: John Cunningham (Royal Air Force), Group Captain, RAF Night fighter Ace. ... Courtney B. Vance as Assistant District Attorney Ron Carver in Law & Order: Criminal Intent Courtney B. Vance (born March 12, 1960 in Detroit, Michigan) is an American actor. ... Kelly Bishop (born February 28, 1944 in Colorado Springs, Colorado) is an American actress best known for her portrayal of Emily Gilmore in the television series Gilmore Girls. ... David Eigenberg David Eigenberg is an actor who grew up in Naperville, Illinois. ... Evan Handler (born January 10, 1961 in New York City) is an American actor who has appeared in a number of films and TV dramas & sitcoms such as Six Feet Under, Law & Order, The West Wing, Sex and the City (as Charlottes love-interest and eventual husband, Harry Goldenblatt... Robert Duncan McNeill (born November 9, 1964 in Raleigh, North Carolina) is an American actor, producer, movie director, and television director who is best known for his role as Lieutenant Tom Paris on the television show Star Trek: Voyager. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Anthony Dean Rapp (born October 26, 1971) is an American stage and film actor best known for originating the role as Mark Cohen in the Broadway production of Rent in 1996 and later for reprising the same role in the film version. ... Kelly Bishop (born February 28, 1944 in Colorado Springs, Colorado) is an American actress best known for her portrayal of Emily Gilmore in the television series Gilmore Girls. ... Laura Linney (born February 5, 1964) is an Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning American actress, active in movies, television, and theatre. ... Broadway theatre[1] is the most prestigious form of professional theatre in the U.S., as well as the most well known to the general public and most lucrative for the performers, technicians and others involved in putting on the shows. ...


Film Cast

Stockard Channing press kit photo Stockard Channing (born Susan Antonia Williams Stockard on February 13, 1944) is an American actress. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... For other persons named Donald Sutherland, see Donald Sutherland (disambiguation). ... Sir Ian Murray McKellen CBE, (born May 25, 1939) is a veteran English stage and screen actor, the recipient of a Tony Award and two Oscar nominations. ... Mary Beth Hurt (born Mary Supinger on September 26, 1946 in Marshalltown, Iowa) is an actress who was married to Oscar-winning actor William Hurt from 1971 to 1981. ... Davison as Senator Robert Kelly in X-Men Bruce Davison (born June 28, 1946 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American actor. ... Richard Masur (born 20 November 1948, New York, New York) is an actor who has starred in over 80 movies during his career. ... Michael Anthony Thomas Charles Hall (born April 14, 1968), known professionally as Anthony Michael Hall, is an American actor, producer and director who achieved stardom in several successful teen-oriented films of the 1980s. ... Heather Graham on the cover of Life magazine Heather Joan Graham (born January 29, 1970, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American film and television actress. ... Anthony Dean Rapp (born October 26, 1971) is an American stage and film actor best known for originating the role as Mark Cohen in the Broadway production of Rent in 1996 and later for reprising the same role in the film version. ... Osgood Oz Perkins (born February 1974 in New York) is a American actor, the son of American actors Anthony Perkins (of Psycho fame) and Berry Berenson and the brother of musician Elvis Perkins. ... Catherine Kellner (born on 2 October 1970 in New York City, New York, USA) is an American actress. ... Jeffrey J. Abrams (usually credited as Jeffrey Abrams or J.J. Abrams) (born June 27, 1966) is an American film and television producer, writer, actor, composer and director. ... Jeffrey J. Abrams (usually credited as Jeffrey Abrams or J.J. Abrams) (born June 27, 1966) is an American film and television producer, writer, actor, composer and director. ...

See also

The small world phenomenon (also known as the small world effect) is the hypothesis that everyone in the world can be reached through a short chain of social acquaintances. ... The trivia game Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon is based on a variation of the concept of the small world phenomenon and states that any actor can be linked, through their film roles, to Kevin Bacon. ... The Erdős number, honouring the late Hungarian mathematician Paul Erdős, one of the most prolific writers of mathematical papers, is a way of describing the collaborative distance, in regard to mathematical papers, between an author and Erdős. ... 31 Days of Oscar is a programming franchise aired each Oscar season by the U.S. Turner Classic Movies cable network during the month of the Academy Awards. ...

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