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Six Degrees Of Separation [DVD]

Stockard Channing , Donald Sutherland , Will Smith    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Stockard Channing, Donald Sutherland, Mary Beth Hurt, Bruce Davison, Ian McKellen
  • Directors: Will Smith
  • Producers: Claude Debussy, Fred Schepisi
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Sep 2003
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AQVLE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,077 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Rich Manhattan art dealers Ouisa (Stockard Channing), and Flan (Donald Sutherland) open their house to Paul (Will Smith), a young black man they find stabbed in Central Park. Paul claims to be a friend of their children and the son of Sidney Poitier, and has soon charmed the couple with his rich anecdotes and gourmet cooking. However, it gradually emerges that Paul may not be what he seems, and his intoxicating charm may not be so easy to escape.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Weirdly entertaining 12 Jan 2004
By A Customer
I watched this unusual film on television last night. I was shattered and falling asleep, but as soon as it started I was absolutely riveted from start to finish. Apparently this was Will Smith's first major film and he is an absloute joy.
The film rotates around an anecdotal tale being told by a well-off art-dealing couple. Their home is invaded by an imposter in the form of Will Smith, who manages to charm his way into their lives. It's difficult to talk about the storyline without giving much away, there are constant twists and turns and one is never quite sure where the story is headed.
It is easy to tell that this film was originally a play by the sheer amount of dialogue. Stockard Channing (Rizzo from Grease) plays an amazing part as a frustrated mother, and Donald Sutherland has his usual understated charm and charisma.
Ultimately this was a completely infuriating, intellectually demanding but immensely rewarding film. Sadly it does not transport as well into film from stage as it could have, and because of this I would advise more than one watching to truly understand the many metaphorical layers and sub-themes. But really, if you like being challenged by a film, this is one well worth the efffort.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Painfully pretentious. 18 Nov 2011
I really made an effort there. For a while I had the impression that someone was trying to tell me something important. However, with so many so dreadfully unpleasant characters, in the end the irritation got too much and I gave up. Painfully pretentious indeed, and somehow totally unconvincing. Oh how I hated that lot, all of them. Yuck.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A film you will want to see over and over again. 29 Nov 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Yes, the title actually means that we are six people from knowing everyone in the world. Aside from the odd connections of people in the film, the thing I loved most about this film is that it forces us to wonder and think about our own lives. It is a brilliant joke in combining the crazy and wonderful about life into a few characters. The acting and dialogue are outstanding in evoking emotion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth watching 7 Sep 2009
By Salmac
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Will is quite young and despite still in the midst of honing his acting skills gives a really quite enjoyable performance. I found the plot intriguing and refreshingly eye opening. I just thoroughly enjoyed this film full stop. Not really a blockbuster type - go for Legend or others if thats what you like.
As for other 2 main characters-giants amongst actors Donald Sutherland and Stockard Channing are a class act.
Watch it!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfectly executed trifle 12 July 2008
By Andy Millward VINE VOICE
This film is, how should one put it, an elegant and eloquent trifle, full of the verbal fripperies and embellishments that come with wealth and influence, but ultimately leaving an empty experience for all concerned. It's a tale of how easily a conman can take in people by adopting their mannerisms and lifestyle, to be come as it were "one of us." All you need is a little research, to be a skilled mimic and weave a spell with your words. Ah, but the rub is that the victims can then dine out for months on such a tale. To be self-deprecating in telling how you were deceived is to win over a fresh audience for the deception. So - a moral tale on how the mighty are never fallen for long!

This succeeds where many might have failed by virtue of a truly outstanding ensemble cast and the masterful direction of Fred Schepisi, whose serious work I have admired for some time (Plenty, Last Orders, A Cry in the Dark etc - try to ignore the romcoms!) His ability to inspire sublime performances from actors who might easily have gone through the motions (Sutherland, Channing etc.) and those who might have been awed and diffident in such exalted company (Smith) sets this film apart. That and a very convincing Fifth Avenue apartment set.

Wonder if Sidney Poitier was consulted beforehand...?!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Whats not to like ? its Will Smith ! 6 July 2013
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Saw the film years ago, had completely forgotten the premise, but knew i had enjoyed it. Was great to see it again, the cast is great and I would definately reccomend it !
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4.0 out of 5 stars great way to tell a tall tale 5 Mar 2013
By mmoore
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great editing and imaginative way to tell a good script, hooks you in from the start. All actors were brill and even though it is clearly based on a stage play, the editing it very clever.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film 4 Nov 2012
By Peter
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I'd often seen this film in the TV listings with a good rating, but never got round to watching/recording it, usually because it was on so late (start time around midnight). So in the end I decided to just buy it on DVD... and I'm very glad I did!

This is a brilliantly written and wonderfully acted film. It sees Will Smith in his earlier acting days, before he became a Hollywood superstar and therefore could draw massive audiences whatever the quality of the film... which is probably why this film is still such an unknown. And therefore this film allows him freedom to act as he wishes, without the expectations of the red carpet.

There's also fantastic work from Donald Sutherland and Stockard Channing in the other leading roles, plus great supporting roles from the likes of Ian McKellen. But enough from me... If you're any kind of a film fan, you shouldn't waste any more time and should go and buy this film!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Hillarious
Will Smith says it all! This is a Great film, very suitable for a family film day with lots of Laughter..
Published 7 months ago by W. Brown Amory
4.0 out of 5 stars good film
it is a good film but a film you can watch once a month or one a couple of months but you have to proper listen to it to understand the story line
Published 19 months ago by Shaun Jenkins
5.0 out of 5 stars A Deeply Satisfying Film Which Stays With You
There is something deeply discomforting about Six Degrees of Separation - it's a feeling that the entire film is a questioning of whether we are superficially limiting ourselves... Read more
Published on 27 July 2011 by jamespiggott5
2.0 out of 5 stars Cripes, that's an hour and a half that I want back...
I'm not sure why there are so many good reviews for this film, which I found quite painfully pretentious throughout. Read more
Published on 30 Jun 2011 by Mr. C. Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Will Smith wants to be you
This film stars W.S. as a gay toyboy(!) who outsmarts some of the smartest people in Manhatten, teaching them a thing or two about identity theft and themselves. No shmaltz. Read more
Published on 4 Jun 2011 by susan ann crawford
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking
If it didnt have Will Smith in it I am not sure I would have watched it to the end but I could watch him on anything. It is thought provoking though so enjoyed it.
Published on 16 Dec 2010 by klunked
5.0 out of 5 stars film
This is an unusual but great, is he or isnt he, type of film.Excellent performances all round and a film you get really involved with where all the stars are equally a part of the... Read more
Published on 23 Sep 2009 by Anthony J. Gleave
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic viewing
I just bought this on dvd after accidentally catching it on tv one night. This film is a pure delight with great acting and a snappy script. It's even better than I remembered it.
Published on 16 May 2009 by Joe Improbable
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